Bengaluru: BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa will take the oath as the new Chief Minister of the state today, July 26.
Speaking to reporters, Yeddyurappa himself made this announcement at his residence in the Dhavalagiri area of the city.
According to sources in the BJP, Yeddyurappa made this announcement after receiving the green signal from the party's national leaders in New Delhi.
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.
"Our party's national president Amit Shah has asked Yeddyurappa over the phone from Delhi to stake a claim for forming the next government and take oath as chief minister at the earliest," BJP's spokesman G. Madhusudan told IANS.
He is likely to take the oath between 6.30 PM and 7.30 PM today. Earlier in the day, at 10 AM, Yeddyurappa met Governor Vajubhai Vala and requested him to allow him to form the new government.
The BJP's decision to stake claim to form the government for the fourth time in the southern state comes a day after Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar disqualified three Congress legislators for defying their party's whip.
It can be recalled that 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.
With inputs from IANS, PTI and ANI
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