Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM

Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM

"We have extended our support to the JD-S to form the new government, with its state leader H.D. Kumaraswamy as chief minister". Hence, BS Yeddyurappa, who represents the single largest party with the highest number of MLAs, can not stake a claim because he does not have a majority. Sri @BSYBJP will take oath as the chief minister of Karnataka tomorrow morning at 9.30 am at Raj Bhavan.

"Congress should take the leadership to unite all the democratic, secular and anti-BJP parties, and it should be well-planned".

As things stand, the BJP which is the single largest party is nine short of the magic figure of 112 in the 222-seat assembly.

"We had to be ready for any eventuality". In case of a hung assembly, governor has to call all the parties staking claim to prove their majority in the House. "His statement last night made it very very clear, that the BJP will form government in Karnataka at any cost". Meanwhile, we fared well.

The Congress said the move to form a BJP government in Karnataka was "illegal and against the law and the Constitution".

"Governor said he will decide about considering our claim in accordance with the Constitution".

Opposition leaders who spoke to Deve Gowda urged him to shed any misgivings in joining hands with Congress after a hard fought electoral battle against the party. More importantly, Congress, which won 78 seats has offered that the coalition be led by the JD (S) bloc (which has 37 seats). Anyone can create unnatural tensions, but people of Karnataka are with us. "It is our unanimous decision". These 115 MLAs would qualify as majority and when they stake the claim to form the government, it becomes the Governor's binding to do so.

She added that Congress has resorted to dirty politics in the wake of the fractured verdict. "Both Kumaraswamy and Congress are hungry for power".

As Trinamool Congress Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has put it, had the Congress and the JD (S) done a pre-poll alliance, they would have easily got a majority of the seats.

"Shocking to see a defeated Congress falling head over heels to extend unconditional support to the JD-S after dubbing it BJP's B-team", Kumar told reporters outside Raj Bhavan.

Whereas Congress-JD (S) alliance has the majority with 115 MLAs.

The BJP bagged 104 seats, a gain of 64, while the Congress notched 78, a loss of 44 seats, though its vote share was almost two percentage points more than the BJP. BJP has won 97 and is leading in seven, for a total of 104. "It is biggest license to poaching if Governor gives 15 days to the BJP to prove majority", he said.

However, the final decision on the matter will be taken by the the Karnataka Governor, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.

"We are going to secure 120-plus seats", Mr Siddaramaiah told BBC Hindi's Imran Qureshi before the poll.

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