Government formation exercise in Karnataka is yet to take off as the state BJP looked to the central leadership for its go-ahead to stake claim to provide an alternative after the collapse of the Congress-JDS coalition ministry in a confidence vote
After the Opposition BJP in Karnataka won the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy by six votes on Tuesday, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa is expected to meet the Governor Vajubhai Vala after consulting the party’s central leaders today.
“I’m awaiting instructions from Delhi. I can call legislature party meeting any time and go to Raj Bhavan (to stake claim). I’m waiting for it,” Yeddyurappa, 76, who masterminded attempts to topple the coalition, told reporters after meeting RSS leaders at its state headquarters “Keshava Krupa” in Bengaluru.
“The BJP is a natural claimant with the majority on its side in the House of which the strength is reduced now. We will be looking to take the responsibility and we will be following the directions of our national president and parliamentary board,” said P Muralidhar Rao, BJP general secretary in-charge of Karnataka.
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The Congress-JDS government in Karnataka collapsed after it lost the confidence vote, garnering 99 votes against the 105 to the BJP in the Karnataka assembly, ending the nearly three-week-long high political drama in the state.