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Yeddyurappa is new Karnataka Chief Minister

July 27, 2019

Bharatiya Janata Party has staked its claim to form the government in Karnataka. This comes just three days after the Congress-JD(S) coalition government collapsed after failing a floor test in the assembly.

BJP state chief and former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa had met the state Governor Vajubhai Vala to claim his party's right to form the government in Karnataka with 105 MLAs.

Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the Chief Minister for the fourth time yesterday evening at the Raj Bhavan where more than 1,000 police personnel were deployed for security.

Earlier Yeddyurappa had said "I will also try to contact Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah over phone, to invite them personally."

Congress-JD(S) alliance received only 99 votes as 16 of the MLAs had rebelled and submitted their resignations.

Three of the rebel MLAs have been disqualified by Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar under the anti-defection law till May 2023. They are Independent MLA R Shankar, Congress MLAs Ramesh L Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli.

In a shocking revelation, rebel Congress MLA Shivaram Hebbar has said that the MLAs were incited to resign by former CM Siddaramaiah. He said, "Siddaramaiah was the one who instigated us. We are still with Congress and we have nothing to do with BJP forming government."

While Siddaramaiah denies any wrong doing and tweeted, "This is nothing but a false allegation with mala fide intention."

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