Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s invitation to BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa and the Supreme Court’s decision to not put a stay on the swearing-in ceremony evoked strong criticism from former Union minister P Chidambaram on Thursday. Taking to Twitter, Chidambaram said, “I salute the Supreme Court. If I were Mr Yeddyurappa, I will not take an oath until the hearing at 10.30 am on Friday, 18th May.”
The former finance minister was referring to the court’s agreement to see the letters dated May 15 and 16 written by Yeddyurappa to Governor Vala, staking claim to form the government and fixing the next hearing for Friday (May 18) at 10.30 am. Chidambaram further said, “Mr Yeddyurappa’s letter to the Governor will seal his fate. There is no mention of a number bigger than 104. The Governor’s invitation does not mention any number at all!”
On Wednesday, the Congress and JD(S) staked a claim before the Governor to form the government in Karnataka with their combined 116 seats, shortly after the BJP approached the Governor with its claim to form the government with 104 seats in the currently 222-member Assembly. This was before the governor invited the BJP, the single largest party with 104 seats but short of the 112-seat majority, to form the government.
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