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Yeddyurappa set to take oath as CM on May 28

The BJP, just two short of the magic figure 113 required, says it has the support of four independents. Party positionWho wins from where | Pics
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Bangalore
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2008 06:23 PM IST

The first ever BJP Government in the south will be sworn-in on May 28 with the party almost getting a majority, party sources said.

BS Yeddyurappa will take oath as chief minister, the sources said but refused to share further details.

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The party, on the verge of winning 111 seats, just two short of the magic figure 113 required for a simple majority, said it has the support of four independents out of the seven who are close to victories.

The sources declined to name the independents who would back the BJP Government remarking "they are our rebels".

The election process ends by May 28 on the day the Commision was expected to notifiy the constitution of the 13th Legislative Assembly in Karnataka.

BJP to stake claim

BJP will meet the Governor Rameshwar Thakur to formally stake its claim for forming government in Karnataka.

The BJP legislature party meet has been called in Bangalore on Monday to elect BS Yeddyurappa as leader, the party's National General Secretary HN Anantkumar said.

The saffron party, which has emerged as the single largest party and set to win 111 seats, falling two short of a simple majority in the 224-member house, expressed confidence of cobbling up the required numbers from independents.

Party sources said its rebels in Kanakagiri and Hosadurga who had emerged victorious as independents would support BJP in government formation.

BJP state unit President DV Sadananda Gowda said some of the independents have evinced interest in extending support. Reacting to the saffron party surge, a beaming Yeddyurappa said, "It is a historic win. We are happy that the people have reposed faith in BJP and me. It is a humbling experience. We will strive for all round development of Karnataka."

Yeddyurappa, who has plans to take oath on May 28, said, "It was the dream of Atalji and Advani to install a BJP government in the south. That has come true today."

Yeddyurappa said it was not his victory but that of the party workers. The BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate said development would be the party's only agenda. He promised to extend BPOs to rural areas, address issues on regional imbalance and encourage industries.

Crediting the BJP leader Arun Jaitley for being the architect of the historic win, he praised the senior leader for his work in ensuring the BJP's march to victory.

Asked if "sympathy factor" worked in favour of the party, he said he did not wish to rake up the issue now. "The people have given us the mandate and we want to focus on development," he said. He also thanked the election commission for conducting free and fair elections.

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