BJP politi­cian sworn in as Kar­nataka chief

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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.

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