With SC’s verdict, B S Yeddyurappa has little over 24 hours to prove BJP’s majority in Karnataka Assembly tomorrow. New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to prove his party’s majority in the Assembly at 4 pm tomorrow, thereby brutally slashing a 15-day window that Governor Vajubhai Vala had allowed the BJP. Yeddyurappa, who was sworn in as the Chief Minister on Thursday, heads a minority government with 104 MLAs, 8 short of a simple majority of 112 in the 224-seat Assembly. After the Karnataka results returned a fractured verdict on May 15, the Congress-JD(S) teamed up in a post-poll alliance and staked claim on the government with 116 MLAs. Incensed that Governor Vala chose to invite Yeddyurappa instead to form government — as leader of the single-largest party — the Opposition moved the Supreme Court on the night of May 15, challenging that decision. In an unprecedented overnight hearing, the Supreme Court ruled it would closely scrutinise today the two letters that Yeddyurappa had submitted to the Governor on the basis of which he was invited. The bench comprising Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan heard the case on… Read full this story
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