BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa was sworn-in as the Karnataka Chief Minister at 9 a.m. in the ‘Glass House’ of Raj Bhavan.
Earlier a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court declined to stay the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister. A late-night petition filed by the Congress-JD(S) challenged the Karnataka Governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form the government in Karnataka.
Yeddyurappa, 75, took the oath in Kannada in the presence central and state leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and newly-elected legislators and senior officials.
The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly, secured 104 seats in the 224-member House, eight short of the 112 seats it needed for a majority. The Congress has won 78 seats and the Janata Dal (Secular) 37, together well over 112 and have also staked claim to form the government in Karnataka, arguing that they have the numbers and the BJP does not
BS Yeddyurappa was sworn in as CM for the first term on November 12, 2007 and he stayed in the chair till November 19, 2007; the second time was from May 30, 2008 to July 31, 2011. He was sworn in as CM at 9 a.m. Former CM Siddaramaiah had resigned on the day the Karnataka election result was announced.