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May 16, 2018 10:01 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Karnataka Poll Results 2018: Yeddyurappa to be sworn in as CM on May 17, confirms Governor

Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa will be sworn in at Raj Bhavan on May 17 at 9.30 am, reports suggest.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa will be sworn in at Raj Bhavan on May 17 at 9.00 am, according to the BJP's official twitter handle. Governor Vajubhai Vala has invited the BJP, which happened to be the single largest party, to form the government in Karnataka.

The letter from the Governor also directed Yeddyurappa to seek a vote of confidence on the floor of the House and prove the party's majority. The statement also added that the process of the floor test must be completed within 15 days of Yeddyurappa's assumption of the Chief Minister's office.

Earlier the BJP had tweeted the details of the swearing-in ceremony via its official handle before the official announcement was made from the Governor's office, but they had deleted it within a few minutes.

imageWhile the BJP is eight seats short of a clear majority, the Congress and the JD(S) had earlier announced that they would form a coalition government in the state, giving them the clear majority.

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The two parties had informed Governor Vala about the alliance and said that HD Kumaraswamy would be the chief minister. The Congress-JD(S) coalition have 116(78 + 38 respectively) seats in total and submitted their letter of support to the governor on May 16. After the meeting, Governor Vala told Kumaraswamy and DK Shivakumar that a decision will be made in accordance with the Constitution.

Earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy had accused the BJP of poaching on JD(S) legislatures by offering them Rs 1 crore. The BJP had rubbished the allegations with Union Minister Prakash Javadekar calling them “imaginary”.

The Karnataka assembly election results had created a political upheaval on May 15 with neither the Congress nor the BJP reaching the halfway mark, although the BJP emerged the single largest party. The decision was left to the discretion of the Governor.

Soon after TV reports suggested that Yeddyurappa would be sworn in as CM, Congress leader P Chidambaram said at a press conference, that although they have not received any official communication, the governor cannot allow the BJP to form a government, as the Congress-JD(S) combine had the majority.

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