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17 May 2018

After high-octane late-night incidents, Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM

Bharatiya Janata Party's BS Yeddyurappa has taken oath to become the next CM of Karnataka, after the Supreme Court refused the Congress and JD(S)' petition to stop the ceremony.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Union Ministers JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar.

Yeddyurappa has been given 15 days to prove majority at the assembly after the BJP won only 104 seats.

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BJP's Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM

The mood outside Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru

How it transpired: Vajubhai invited Yeddyurappa, war of words ensued

Game of numbers

How it transpired: Vajubhai invited Yeddyurappa, war of words ensued

In Karnataka, no single party had a clear majority. Despite being the single largest party, BJP fell short of the magic mark- 112 seats, required to form the government.

A post-poll alliance between Congress and JD(S) gave them 116 seats, well above the half-way mark.

Though, both staked claims to form the government, Governor Vajubhai Vala invited Yeddyurappa.

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Late night hearing and more: Congress, JD(S) approached Supreme Court

After Vajubhai Vala's decision, the Congress and JD(S) approached the Supreme Court that made way for a rare late-night hearing.

A special bench comprising Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan heard the plea from 2:11 AM till 5:28 AM in the morning.

The bench refused to stop ceremony but directed the Centre to show the letter of support.

SC to hear case again on Friday

Verbal battles fought inside courtroom

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Verbal battles fought inside courtroom

BJP's lawyer Mukul Rohatgi had asked for the petition to be dismissed. "The court should not stop a constitutional functionary in the functioning of his official duties," he said.

"BJP has just 104 MLAs in support and the Governor has invited BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to form the government. It is completely unconstitutional," said Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

A smiling Yeddyurappa arrived to take oath

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