BJP politician sworn in as Karnataka chief
A leader from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party became chief minister of Karnataka on Thursday after the Supreme Court rejected a last-minute bid to block the move. The Bharatiya Janata Party made huge gains in the state election but fell short of a majority, sparking a scramble for power between the party and its arch-rival Congress. The Congress party, which lost sole control of the state in Saturday’s election, tried to stop the BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa from taking the oath as chief minister by forming a coalition with a smaller party. The BJP said it should get the first chance to form a government because, with 104 seats, it is the largest party. State governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala gave the rightwing party 15 days to prove it has a majority.