Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala has invited BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to form the Government and given him 15 days time to prove his majority.
BJP has 104 MLAs and needs 7 more MLAs for majority.
Yeddyurappa is scheduled to take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister at 9 am on Thursday. It seems, the swearing in has been arranged in haste to avoid judicial scrutiny of the Governor’s decision. But in a swift development about 11 pm a petition has been filed before the Supreme Court by the Congress JDS alliance to seek a midnight hearing by the Chief Justice of India for a stay on the governor’s invitation to Yeddyurappa. The Governor’s letter to Yeddyurappa has been described as illegal and arbitrary.
It was at 9.37pm that BJP in-charge for Karnataka P Muralidhar Rao said: “Just now, the governor office has sent a letter to BJP CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa to form the government.”
About 15 minutes before this, around 9.20 pm, the Karnataka BJP unit had deleted a tweet announcing that Karnataka BJP deletes the tweet announcing Yeddyurappa will be sworn-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai was with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh before he joined Jan Sangh in 1971. He was Cabinet Minister in Gujarat holding finance, revenue portfolios from 1998 to 2012. Between December 2012 and August 2014 he was Speaker of Gujarat Assembly. In September 2014, he became the Karnataka Governor.
President of Karnataka BJP and the Chief Minister-designate Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa, was the 19th Chief Minister of Karnataka.