16 May 2018 - 18:50
Karnataka governor invites Yeddyurappa to form government, take oath on Thursday
Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday invited BJP legislative party leader B.S. Yeddyurappa to form the new government and to take oath as Chief Minister on Thursday, a party spokesman said.
"We received a communique from the Raj Bhavan, inviting Yeddyurappa to form the government and take oath at 9.30 a.m.," BJP state unit spokesman Vamanacharya told IANS here.
Only Yeddyurappa will take oath at a simple ceremony in the 'Glass House' on the lawns of the Raj Bhavan in the city centre amid tight security.
The Governor has invited party's leaders and newly-elected legislators to the oath-taking ceremony," added Vamanacharya.
There was, however, no official communique from the Raj Bhavan to the media till the filing of this report.
The rival Congress party said the Governor denigrated his office, trampled the Constitution and acted as a BJP puppet.
"Vajubhai Vala denigrated the Governor's office, trampled upon the Constitution, abused the law and acted as a BJP puppet. He chose to serve his masters in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rather then serve the Constitution," tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala," he said.
Earlier, in a press briefing, Congress leader P. Chidambaram said the numbers of the Congress party and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) clearly established that the alliance had a majority in the Karnataka legislature.
"The Governor, who is an exalted constitutional office, should not walk on a perilious path which is illegal," Chidambaram said.
He also said that the Governor was bound by the Supreme Court judgment to invite the leader of the alliance (H.D. Kumaraswamy) that has been formed and which commands majority in the legislative assembly.