Shock as Karnataka Governor invites BS Yeddyurappa to take oath as CM

BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa (second from right) along with party leaders meets Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala (right) to stake claim to form the government in Karnataka, though the party is eight seats short of a majority in the Assembly, in Bengaluru on May 16, 2018

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on May 16 invited single largest party BJP to form the govt and gave BS Yeddyurappa 15 days to prove his majority; BJP has 104 seats and Congress-JDS alliance 117

Commentators and politicians have reacted with shock and anger as Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on May 16 invited single largest party BJP to form the government in the state, despite being short of a majority. Vala gave BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa 15 days to prove his majority. The BJP has 104 seats and Congress-JDS alliance 117, after the Karnataka elections threw up a hung assembly.

The Congress party lashed out at the Governor, saying he “denigrates the Governor’s office, tramples upon Constitution, abuses the law & acts as a BJP puppet.”

*This is a developing story

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