BJP’s Yeddyurappa To  Take Oath As Karnataka Chief Minister At 6 P.M. Today
BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa with party MLAs after the trust vote in Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

BJP’s Yeddyurappa To Take Oath As Karnataka Chief Minister At 6 P.M. Today

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Bharatiya Janata Party’s BS Yeddyurappa said he will be sworn in as Karnataka chief minister by Governor Vajubhai Vala at 6 p.m. today.

The 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government headed by Kumaraswamy lost the trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday, in a climax to the three-week long Karnataka political crisis.

"I have requested the governor to administer my oath between 6 and 6:15 p.m. as the chief minister, the governor has agreed and given me a letter," Yeddyurappa told reporters after meeting Vala at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru. "Who all are to be inducted (in the ministry), I will discuss with our national president and inform."

Yeddyurappa met Vala on Friday to stake claim to form the Karnataka government, and requested him to administer oath of office and secrecy on the same day. As he is the Leader of the Opposition, there is a need to call a legislature party meeting to elect the leader, said Yeddyurappa.

The BJP leader said he will also be sending a letter of invitation to outgoing Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Congress leader Siddaramaiah for the swearing-in ceremony. "I will also try to contact Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah over phone to invite them personally," he added.

Yeddyurappa had been for the last couple of days waiting for "instructions" from Delhi BJP to stake claim to form the government.

Karnataka BJP leaders, including Jagdish Shettar, Arvind Limbavali, JC Madhuswamy, Basavaraj Bommai and Yeddyurappa's son Vijayendra met BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi on Thursday and reportedly discussed the issue of government formation in the state.

Also on Thursday, Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar disqualified three rebel Congress MLAs under the anti-defection law.

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