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Posted at: May 17, 2018, 9:15 AM; last updated: May 17, 2018, 5:15 PM (IST)

Yeddyurappa sworn in as Karnataka Chief Minister

Yeddyurappa sworn in as Karnataka Chief Minister
BS Yeddyurappa takes oath. Reuters

Bengaluru, May 17

BJP legislature party leader BS Yeddyurappa was on Thursday sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for a second time, after an overnight high-voltage legal battle in the Supreme Court.

The 75-year-old Lingayat strongman was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan amid loud cheering by his supporters.

Also read: SC refuses to stay swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa

Yeddyurappa was administered the oath alone, hours after the Supreme Court refused to stay his swearing-in.

In a rare post-midnight courtroom battle, the Congress-JD(S) combine made a desperate legal push to stall the government formation.

Yeddyurappa has 15 days to prove his majority in the Assembly.

The BJP has 104 MLAs in the House, eight short of the magic figure of 112.

Polling was held in 222 of the state’s 224 seats.

Election to the Jayanagar seat was countermanded following the death of the BJP candidate, while polling was deferred to May 28 for RR Nagar seat due to alleged electoral malpractices. PTI

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