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Congress-JD(S) alliance unholy, out to grab power, says Karnataka chief minister Yeddyurappa

Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa slammed the Congress-JDS alliance as “unholy” and charged they were out to grab power though the people had “rejected them outright”.

Karnataka Elections 2018 Updated: May 17, 2018 20:52 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
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BJP's BS Yeddyurappa arrives to take oath as Karnataka chief minister, at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

Newly sworn-in Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa said on Thursday he was “100 per cent sure” of winning the vote of confidence in the assembly and completing the five-year term.

He slammed the Congress-JD(S) alliance as “unholy” and charged they were out to grab power though the people had “rejected them outright”.

“I am sure of winning the vote of confidence and my government completing five years,” said Yeddyurappa, who has been given 15-days window by governor Vajubhai Vala in a controversial decision that has been challenged in the Supreme Court.

He was addressing his first press conference soon after taking the oath following an overnight legal battle in the Supreme Court where the Congress-JDS combine made an urgent plea before the top court challenging the governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form the government.

Yeddyurappa also appealed to the legislators to vote according to their “conscience” and uphold the people’s mandate.

“I am 100% sure of the success,” he said, striking a confident note on emerging victorious in the trial of strength in the assembly.

“I have people’s support for me and my party,” said Yeddyurappa, who has now a tough task to muster the numbers to reach the half mark of 112.

The BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in the May 12 elections which threw up a hung assembly.

First Published: May 17, 2018 14:30 IST