BJP to form next government in Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa has 15 days to prove majority
The Supreme Court gave the go ahead for B S Yeddyurappa of the BJP to be sworn in as the next Chief Minister of Karnataka.
The court said this in a post-midnight hearing on a petition by the Congress-Janata Dal Secular combine against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's invite to the BJP.
The Congress has called the governor's invite a violation of the Constitution as the BJP could not claim to have a majority unless the BJP triggers defections.
The court said that the swearing-in can go ahead after a hearing that lasted for nearly four hours.
The BJP has a strength of 105 in the 222-seat assembly, but is seven short of a majority. The Congress, which got 78 seats, has partnered with the Janata Dal Secular and together they have 116 seats, four more than the halfway mark.
The Karnataka governor has given B S Yeddyurappa 15 days to prove majority on the floor of the house. His cabinet will be sworn in only after he is able to prove his majority.