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Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM, Congress protests outside Vidhan SoudhaAmid intense jockeying for power, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on May 16 invited BJP’s B.S. Yeddyurappa to form the government in the State.

The BJP’s B.S Yeddyurappa took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday. This follows a rare hearing all-night hearing by the Supreme Court which refused to stay or postpone the swearing-in ceremony. A late-night petition filed by the Congress-JD(S) challenged the Karnataka Governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form the government in Karnataka.

MLAs are being threatened with ED cases: Kumaraswamy

JD(S) will also join in the protest, party chief H. D. Kumaraswamy said. Currently, the JD(S) MLAs are lodged at Shangri-La Hotel.

“The BJP is pressurising Congress and JD(S) MLAs. Anand Singh was taken to Delhi in a chartered flight. He says he is being threatened with ED cases,” Mr. Kumaraswamy said.

“Our prime task is to safeguard our MLAs,” he added.

He said, “Everyone in the country should join in this protest, including Chief Ministers like Chandrababu Naidu, Mamata Banerjee.”

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Congress-JD(S) protest

Even as BJP party members celebrate outside the Raj Bhavan, senior leaders of the Congress, including Siddaramaiah and Ghulam Nabi Azad gathered at Gandhi statue outside Vidhan Soudha to protest the swearing-in of Mr. Yeddyurappa.

Congress leaders protest at Gandhi statue at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.

Yeddyurappa takes oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka

Mr. Yeddyurappa takes oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday. The 75-year-old Mr. Yeddyurappa took oath in the name of “God and farmers”, wearing a green shawl which has come to be known as a symbol of empathising with farmers.

Governor Vajubhai Vala administers the oath to him at the swearing-in ceremony held in the Glass House of the Raj Bhavan. Mr. Yeddyurappa is chief minister of Karnataka for the third time.

B. S. Yeddyurappa took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka for the third time.