The Supreme Court on Thursday morning took up a petition by the Congress challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite Bharatiya Janata Party leader BS Yeddyurappa to form the next government in Karnataka. The governor gave Yeddyurappa 15 days to prove his majority in the legislative assembly.
Yeddyurappa is scheduled to take oath as chief minister at 9 am on Thursday.
Terming governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the government as “immoral, illegal and unconstitutional”, the Congress moved the Supreme Court late on Wednesday night to challenge his decision and cited both constitutional and judicial precedents.The BJP, however, defended the governor’s decision, citing another set of constitutional conventions and court judgments.
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi confirmed that he had filed a petition and asked for an urgent hearing at night, before the scheduled swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa at 9am, Thursday.
BJP has 104 seats in the 224-member Karnataka assembly. The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular), which together have 115 seats in the new assembly, have called the governor’s decision “unconstitutional.”
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