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Karnataka government formation: Governor has assured appropriate decision, says BJP’s Yeddyurappa

The BJP’s Karnataka chief ministerial candidate was elected the legislative party chief on Wednesday.

india Updated: May 16, 2018 13:40 IST
HT Correspondent
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hindusta Times, New Delhi/Bengaluru
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BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa meets Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala after the Karnataka Assembly election 2018 results, in Bengaluru on Tuesday. He met the Governor again on Wednesday after being elected the BJP legislative party chief.(PTI)

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Karnataka chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa was on Wednesday elected the legislative party chief. Soon after he drove to Raj Bhavan, second time in two days, and requested the Governor to invite the BJP to form the government ‘as early as possible’.

“We are 100 per cent confident that he will take a decision immediately,” Yeddyurappa told reporters after meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala.

Also read: Interactive map of the Karnataka election results

The Governor, he said, had assured him that he would take an “appropriate” decision as early as possible.

Earlier in the day, Yeddyurappa said he was confident of forming the government.

He also said Independent MLA Shankar had submitted a letter offering his support to the BJP.

With the Karnataka assembly polls throwing up a hung verdict, the BJP with 104 seats has fallen short of the half-way mark of 112.

The Congress (78 seats) and JD-S, which won 37 seats, said they had the numbers to run the 224-member House. The bloc also claimed the support of two independents and an MLA belonging to JD(S) ally BSP.

After results were declared on Tuesday for 222 constituencies --- voting in two constituencies was countermanded, both teams rushed to the governor’s house and appeared confident about their bids.

First Published: May 16, 2018 13:05 IST