The BJP’s B.S. Yeddyurappa took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday after a long controversial battle that is still not over.
A late-night petition filed by the Congress-JD(S) challenged Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite the BJP to form a government.
This is the third time Yeddyurappa has become chief minister of the state.
Former Union Minister Yaswant Sinha staged a protest outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 17 against the Governor’s decision, and alleged that the unconstitutional move amounted to murder of democracy.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Sinha has tweeted that the developments in Karnataka were rehearsal of what would happen in Delhi after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
BJP party members celebrate outside the Raj Bhavan, senior leaders of the Congress, including Mr. Siddaramaiah and Ghulam Nabi Azad, gather at the Gandhi statue outside the Vidhan Soudha to protest the swearing-in of Mr. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister.