In­dia court al­lows BJP to form gov­ern­ment

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NEW DELHI — A leader from Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s party was sworn in as chief min­is­ter of a key south­ern In­dian state yes­ter­day, de­spite lack­ing a ma­jor­ity, af­ter the Supreme Court re­jected a last-minute bid to block the move.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the big­gest win­ner in the Kar­nataka state elec­tion but has fallen 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 stitch­ing up a last-minute coali­tion with a smaller re­gional party.

But the BJP ar­gued that it should get the first chance to form a gov­ern­ment as it is the largest party and state gov­er­nor Va­jub­hai Rud­ab­hai Vala gave it 15 days to prove it has a ma­jor­ity, prompt­ing the Congress to go to court.

Fol­low­ing a three-hour hear­ing that be­gan around mid­night, the Supreme Court re­jected the Congress claim that it al­ready had a ma­jor­ity by join­ing hands with the smaller Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar) party.

The BJP won 104 seats in the 224-mem­ber assem­bly, nine short of a ma­jor­ity. Congress fell to 78 seats from 122 in the pre­vi­ous elec­tion. It has of­fered to sup­port Janata Dal that won 37 seats.

Congress and Janata Dal also claim to have the sup­port of two in­de­pen­dents and have ac­cused the BJP of try­ing to bribe their mem­bers to switch sides.— AFP

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