BS Yediyurappa sworn-in as Karnataka CM, floor test likely on Monday

Following the fall of the coalition government last Tuesday in a trust vote, Yeddyurappa met the Governor this morning to stake claim to form the Government.

Written by July 26, 2019 19:41

New Delhi: BJP Karnataka state President B S Yediyurappa was today sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka in the glass house of Rajbhavan.

Following the fall of the coalition government last Tuesday in a trust vote, Yediyurappa met the Governor this morning to stake claim to form the Government.

Former Union Minister S M Krishna, BJP Karnataka in-charge Muralidhar Rao, MPs Pratap Simha, Shobha Karandlaje and party MLAs graced the occasion.

Yediyurappa has the record of taking the oath of office as Chief Minister for the fourth time, though he had the opportunity to serve as Chief Minister from 2008 to 2011.

BJP has 105 members in the Assembly House of 222 members, with Speaker disqualifying three members yesterday.

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The cases of another 14 Congress and JD(S) MLAs who resigned are yet to be decided by the Speaker.

After meeting the Governor, Yediyurappa said he has been asked to prove his majority by Julyl 31.

An hour ahead of the oath-taking ceremony, he addressed the BJP workers at the party office here, after which he offered prayers at Kadu Malleshwara temple in Bengaluru.

Yediyurappa first took charge as the Chief Minister of Karnataka in 2007 but could hold on to the post for mere seven days as the JD(S) withdrew support and President’s rule was imposed in the state. He again made way to the coveted post in 2008, but owing to corruption charges failed to complete a full term.

During his second term, he held the post from May 2008 to July 2011. He had to resign following accusations of corruption in illegal land deregulation notification scam.

Thereafter in 2012, he formed a new party “Karnataka Praja Paksha” but rejoined the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in which he got elected from Shimoga Lok Sabha constituency.

In 2018, the BJP veteran again jostled his way to the top post in the state but could not rule the state for more than a week as his party failed to garner a majority.

Earlier this week, the Congress-JD(S) government fell on the floor of the Assembly when it lost the confidence motion by 6 votes. The motion moved by Kumaraswamy got 99 votes as against 105 of the opposition leading to its defeat. (ANI)