Yeddyurappa meets Governor over government formation in Karnataka, swearing-in ceremony at 6 pm on Friday

BENGALURU: Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa on Friday met Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim to form the government in the state and request him to administer oath.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Yeddyurappa said: “I just met the Governor, I will take oath as Chief Minister today at 6 pm.”

Yeddyurappa for the last couple of days had been waiting for “instructions” from the party high command to stake claim to form the government after the Congress-JDS coalition government had collapsed after the floor test on Tuesday.

A group of Karnataka BJP leaders, including Jagdish Shettar, Arvind Limbavali, J C Madhuswamy, Basavaraj Bommai and Yeddyurappa’s son Vijayendra Thursday had met party chief Amit Shah in New Delhi and reportedly discussed the government formation.

Earlier while speaking to reporters here, he said, “as I’m already the Leader of the Opposition, there is need to call legislature party meeting.”

Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Thursday had disqualified three rebel Congress MLAs under the anti-defection law.

The 14-month-old Congress-JDS coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy collapsed on Tuesday after losing the vote of confidence in the Assembly in a climax to the three-week long intense power struggle.