Karnataka govt formation: Yeddyurappa to swear-in as CM, 15 days to prove majority

Bengaluru/ Mumbai: After two days of intense drama, B S Yeddyurappa will take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka at 9 am today after his party, the BJP, was invited to form government in the state. The BJP leader has been given 15 days to prove majority by the Governor on Wednesday evening. 

In an rare post-midnight hearing, the Supreme Court ruled out that it won't stop Yeddyurappa swearing-in. "As far as swearing-in is concerned, we are not restraining it, but we are making it subject to the outcome of the case," a three-judge bench, comprising Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, said after the stretched three-and-a-half long hours of hearing.

The Supreme Court will resume hearing the case on Friday at 10.30 am and has ordered the BJP to produce the letters submitted by B S Yeddyurappa to the governor by then.

Here are the LIVE updates from Karnataka where the new government will be formed today:

08:30 am: Overnight hearing in the Supreme Court

Here's what happened in the apex court

May 16: 10:30 pm: Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) move the Supreme Court.

May 16: 11:00 pm: Supreme Court registrat scrutinises the petition filed by the Congress and the JD(S).

May 17: 12:25 am: Registrar reached Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra's residence.

May 17: 01:00: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra constitutes 3-judge bench.

May 17: 02:10 am: Hearing begins in the Supreme Court.

May 17: 05:30 am: Hearing concludes in the Supreme Court. The court after the hearing ruled out that it won't stop B S Yeddyurappa swearing-in. "As far as swearing-in is concerned, we are not restraining it, but we are making it subject to the outcome of the case." 

08:05 am: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's letter inviting BJP to form government in the state.

(Photo: ANI | Twitter)(Photo: ANI | Twitter)

07:35 am: Visuals from outside Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru. B S Yeddyurappa to take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister at 9 am.

(Photo: ANI | Twitter)(Photo: ANI | Twitter)

07:15 am: Visuals from outside B S Yeddyurappa's residence, in Bengaluru.

(Photo: ANI | Twitter)(Photo: ANI | Twitter)

07:09 am: B S Yeddyurappa on his Twitter sought support and blessings of people.

06:49 am: BJP Karnataka tweets a post on its Twitter handle which read: “While we will start a golden chapter in the history of Karnataka, the people of India, like the SC, will reject Congress’s mercy petition.”

06:41 am: B S Yeddyurappa had been invited by Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, on Tuesday evening, to form government in Karnataka.

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