Yeddyurappa elected Karnataka BJP legislature party leader

Yeddyurappa elected Karnataka BJP legislature party leader

Short by 8 MLAs, Yeddy stakes BJP claim to rule Karnataka

BJP gambit contested by Cong-JD (S) combine

Agency Report | Bengaluru | 16 May, 2018 | 04:20 PM

Kicking off a high stakes game BJP legislative party leader B.S. Yeddyurappa met and requested the governor of Karnataka to appoint him as Chief Minister. Given the BJP has a shortfall of eight MLAs this move is sure to pull the trigger on the race to break off at least 12 MLAs from the JD (S).

The newly elected Karnataka BJP legislators on Wednesday elected B.S. Yeddyurappa as their legislative party leader and he soon staked claim to form the government though the party is eight seats short of a majority in the Assembly.

“We have staked claim to form the government as the single largest party with 104 newly elected legislators,” Yeddyurappa told reporters here after meeting Governor Vajubhai R. Vala at Raj Bhavan.

Earlier, the new Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs unanimously elected the former Chief Minister and the BJP’s Chief Ministerial face Yeddyurappa as their legislative party leader.

“I have requested the Governor to allow me to take oath as the Chief Minister at the earliest and the Governor said he would take an appropriate decision soon,” he said.

Yeddyurappa said he was confident of forming the government and also said Independent MLA Shankar had submitted a letter offering his support to the BJP.

Other party leaders echoed his confidence.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar had said an attempt was being made to create “unnatural tension”. “People are with us,” he said.

Senior BJP leaders Suresh Kumar and K S Eshwarappa also said they were confident the party would form the government.

Of the 222 constituencies where polling was held on May 12, the BJP won 104 seats while the Congress won 78 and JD-S won 38 seats, along with its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), throwing up a hung Assembly.

The Congress-JD(S) combine moved quickly to form an alliance even as the counting of votes was underway on Tuesday with the Congress extending unconditional support to the JD (S). They requested the governor to allow the formation of a JD(S)-led government. The two parties together have a clear majority in the 224-member Assembly.

The BJP is eight MLAs short of the 112-halfway mark needed for a simple majority. (IANS)