BS Yeddyurappa swearing in

Background

BS Yeddyurappa is an Indian politician and a member of the 16th Lok Sabha of India representing the Shimoga constituency. He had earlier become the Chief Minister of Karnataka after leading the BJP to a victory in the 2008 Karnataka Assembly election. He was the first person from the Bharatiya Janata Party to become the Chief Minister of a South Indian state. In 2011 he resigned after being indicted over a corruption case; he was acquitted in 2016. Owing to alleged ill-treatment meted out to Yeddyurappa by the BJP High Command, he left Bharatiya Janata Party. Later he formed Karnataka Janata Paksha. However, in 2014 he merged it with BJP and joined the party again.

BS Yeddyurappa swearing in

Analysis

The move has evoked strong criticism from both the Congress & the JDS which maintains that the BJP does not have the required majority to form a government of seats. The BJP had  secured 104 assembly seats, the congress 78 and the JD(S) 38 seats. State president HD Kumaraswamy said: "Our plan is to safeguard the MLAs. The BJP has already planned how they'll purchase our MLAs. Amit Shah and Narendra Modi are 'cleaning' the country.”

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BS Yeddyurappa swearing in

Assessment

Our assessment is that the supreme court is the best place to take the decision concerning the constitutional validity of this move. The key issue is whether a CM can be invited without having majority as per constitutional law. We believe that for BJP it is an extremely important victory to establish itself in southern India.

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