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  • Yeddyurappa's Low-Key Oath In Karnataka, Court Battle Still On: 10 Facts
    BJP's BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka today after a rollercoaster day and a night-long court-room battle. The rare post-midnight sitting of the court took place after the Congress and ally JD(S) challenged Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite the BJP to form government despite the strength of alliance numbers. The BJP has 105 lawmakes, including an Independent, in comparison to the 117 lawmakers of the alliance in the 224-member assembly. Mr Yeddyurappa has 15 days to prove his majority. The court said while it is allowing the oath to proceed, it would be "subject to the outcome of the case".
  • Flight Plan Flops, Congress-JDS Lawmakers Leave Karnataka In Bus: 10 Facts
    Its attempts to fly its lawmakers out of Karnataka grounded, Congress and Janata Dal Secular (JDS) legislators are taking an overnight bus trip from Bengaluru to Telangana capital Hyderabad, some 580 km away. "We need to take some precautions to prevent horse-trading," HD Kumaraswamy, the JDS leader, who joined hands with rival Congress to become Karnataka chief minister, said. Last evening, the 100-odd lawmakers had been taken to two hotels to prevent the BJP from luring them as soon as it became clear that Governor Vajubhai Vala was going to invite BS Yeddyurappa to form government. The Congress-JDS combine responded by taking the battle to the Supreme Court that held a rare overnight hearing and will take up the case again on Friday.
  • "You Mean Before Swearing-In MLAs Can Switch Sides?": Supreme Court
    In an overnight hearing the Supreme Court refused to stay BS Yeddyurppa's swearing-in as Karnataka's new Chief Minister. The Congress-Janata Dal Secular combine petitioned the Supreme Court against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, for inviting the BJP to form government, saying it has the signatures of 116 newly elected lawmakers while the BJP has only 105. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra agreed to open the doors of the Supreme Court at around 1 am and constituted a three-judge bench to hear the petition that asked the judges to stop Mr Yeddyurappa's swearing-in scheduled to be held a few hours later. After hearing the matter for more than three hours, beginning 2.10 am, a three-judge bench, comprising justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, directed that the letters sent by the BJP to the governor for forming the government be placed before it. The top court issued notices to Karnataka and the Centre.
  • Amid Fear Of Violence, Counting Of Votes For Bengal Panchayat Polls Today
    On Monday, elections were held in over 45,000 booths in West Bengal and at least 20 people died in panchayat poll related violence. On Wednesday, repolls were held in only 572 booths. One person is reported dead in North Dinajpur district in a political clash but not linked to repolls. But the numerous incidents of violence, terror tactics and manhandling of officers has shocked the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had condemned the poll day violence as a "murder of democracy." The ruling Trinamool party did hit back - it said PM Modi's comments were his reaction to the BJP's defeat in Karnataka.
  • BJP's Yeddyurappa To Take Oath, Has 15 Days To Prove Majority
    BJP's BS Yeddyurappa will take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister at 9 am today after his party was invited to form government, and given 15 days to prove majority by the governor on Wednesday evening. The Congress, to ensure that does not happen, approached the Supreme Court late at night and asked for the swearing-in to be stopped. Three judges of the Supreme Court heard the petition in an unprecedented 2 am hearing, but refused to stay the oath taking ceremony. The BJP has 105 lawmakers, including an Independent, in the 222-seat assembly and is seven short of majority. Earlier on Wednesday evening, the Governor met a delegation of the Congress and JD(S) leaders, who also staked claim to form government, claiming they have majority.
  • Karnataka Delivers Cliffhanger And It Isn't Anywhere Near Over: 10 Facts
    The BJP and the Janata Dal Secular (JDS) will return to governor Vajubhai Vala tomorrow to stake claim to form the next government in Karnataka. The BJP has emerged the single largest party but is short of an outright majority. The party's BS Yeddyurappa met the governor earlier this evening and asked for a chance to prove his majority. The Janata Dal Secular (JDS), which finished third, also told the governor it would form the government with Congress support. The Congress arrived at an understanding with former prime minister Deve Gowda's regional party and agreed to give "unconditional support" to his son HD Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister of a coalition government. What happens next depends entirely on the governor who was appointed by the centre four years ago.
  • Congress Backs Deve Gowda's Son As Chief Minister, BJP Short Of Majority: 10 Points
    In the fast-changing Karnataka election, the BJP surged ahead but struggled to reach the magic mark of 112, spurring a dispirited Congress and the Janata Dal Secular (JDS) into talks of a possible alliance. In a last ditch attempt at holding on to Karnataka, the Congress has reached out to the JDS. Sources say former Congress president Sonia Gandhi may speak to former prime minister Deve Gowda of the JDS, and offer to support his son HD Kumarawamy as Chief Minister if the party agrees to an alliance. Karnataka, home to India's Silicon Valley capital of Bengaluru, is the first big state election this year and will be followed by three more before 2019.
  • Centre Submits Cauvery Draft, Supreme Court Seeks States' Response: 10 Points
    Two days after Karnataka voted in the high-decibel Assembly elections that kept the ruling BJP on its toes, the centre finally submitted its draft on Cauvery water sharing arrangement in the Supreme Court. The delay in the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board, as directed by the Supreme Court, led to protests across Tamil Nadu, which is supposed to get its share of Cauvery water from neighbouring Karnataka, but hasn't. The top court has asked Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry, the other two beneficiaries of Cauvery, to look into the centre's scheme. "Without going into the legalities, we will just see if the scheme is in consonance with our February verdict," a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said. The court will take up the case on Wednesday.
  • Over 50 Dead As Storm Pounds Four States, Warning Till Tomorrow: 10 Facts
    The weather office has warned of more thunderstorms in north, north-east and parts of south India for the next two days after Sunday's thunderstorm and dust storm left behind a trail of destruction in four states, killing 53 people and injuring many, according to the Union Home Ministry. Thirty nine people have died in Uttar Pradesh alone, while nine were killed in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. The storm brought down walls, uprooted trees and snapped power connection in many regions. More than 70 incoming flights were diverted from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport last evening. The violent weather affected train and metro services in Delhi and its suburbs.
  • 13 Deaths, Bombs, Ballot Box-Burning In Bengal Panchayat Polls: 10 Points
    Thirteen people died and around 50 were injured in widespread violence that swept across Bengal, centering the panchayat elections. Instances of violence -- bomb attack, booth capture, ballot boxes set on fire and attacks on journalists -- were reported from at least eight districts. By 5 pm, the turnout was 72 per cent, but voting continued because of long queues at polling stations. Before the polls, Trinamool candidates were elected unopposed in 34 per cent seats. The polls are being held after days of court battle and opposition allegations of "Trinamool terror" -- accusations the ruling party has denied.
  • 40 Killed In Storms Across India, Warning Issued For Today: 10 Facts
    At least 40 people were killed across the country on Sunday as thunderstorms and rain swept north, east and south India. Violent dust storms, followed by rain and lightning toppled walls and uprooted trees. Eighteen people were killed in Uttar Pradesh. Eight died in Andhra Pradesh and three in Telangana, officials told NDTV. According to reports, nine people were also killed in West Bengal and five in Delhi NCR due to the storm. The weather office has said thunderstorms are expected across north-west India over the next 48 to 72 hours, as several weather phenomena, including western disturbances, converge.
  • Voting Ends In Karnataka, Exit Polls Predict Hung Assembly: 10 Points
    Karnataka voted today in a tight election that will decide the future of the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress, which is fighting to retain control of its last major state against a fierce campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to win another opposition-ruled state and secure a beachhead in the south ahead of his re-election bid in 2019. A final turnout of 72.1 per cent was recorded, just a shade better than 71.4 per cent recorded in 2013. This is the first test of Rahul Gandhi's leadership since he took charge as party chief in December. A party needs 112 for the 222 seats on which elections were held on Saturday. A poll of exit polls predicts a hung assembly, with the BJP ahead of the Congress, and the regional party Janata Dal Secular emerging kingmaker. The BJP and its allies are currently in power in 21 of India's 29 states, but after Karnataka, three more state elections will be due by the end of the year.
  • India's History, Faith, Lord Ram Incomplete Without Nepal: PM Modi: 10 Points
    After weeks of hectic campaigning in Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Nepal's Janakpur, 225 km from capital Kathmandu. PM Modi and Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated a bus service from Janakpur to Ayodhya - known to be Lord Ram's birthplace - to promote religious tourism in Nepal and India. Apart from holding meetings with the Nepal Prime Minister and other leaders during his two-day visit to the Himalayan nation, PM Modi is visiting three Hindu pilgrimage centres in Nepal. This is his third visit to the country as Prime Minister.
  • Top 5 Supreme Court Judges Discuss Justice Joseph's Elevation: 10 Facts
    The Supreme Court collegium, or a group of five most-senior judges, met today to take a call on Justice KM Joseph's elevation to the top court that was rejected by the government in April. This is the collegium's second meeting to firm up its response to the centre's decision that has set up a face-off between the judiciary and the executive and has been described as an attack on the independence of the judiciary. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad denies that the centre's decision had anything to do with the Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice's 2016 verdict cancelling President's rule in the state. Mr Prasad calls it a legitimate exercise of the powers granted by the top court in several rulings.
  • 50 BJP Leaders On Karnataka Duty As Campaign Winds Up: 10 Points
    Campaigning in Karnataka ended on a high note today as both BJP and the Congress rallied their forces for one final push. As a fitting end to its aggressive campaign, the BJP gathered at least 19 union ministers and several state chief ministers for rallies and roadshows across the state. The Prime Minister started the packed day with an address to party workers on his Narendra Modi App. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi addressed the media in Bengaluru and held a roadshow at Hubbali.

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