BS Yeddyurappa says 'awaiting' central BJP leadership's instructions on staking claim to form govt in Karnataka

  • BJP's Karnataka president BS Yeddyurappa said Wednesday he was awaiting instructions from his party central leadership on staking claim to form an alternative government in the state

  • 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

  • Soon after the JDS-Congress government lost the vote of confidence in the assembly, Yeddyurappa Tuesday had said he will meet the governor after consulting the party central leaders

Bengaluru: BJP's Karnataka president BS Yeddyurappa said Wednesday he was awaiting instructions from his party central leadership on staking claim to form an alternative government in the state.

 BS Yeddyurappa says awaiting central BJP leaderships instructions on staking claim to form govt in Karnataka

File image of BS Yeddyurappa. PTI

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.

"I'm awaiting instructions from Delhi. I can call legislature party meeting any time and go to Raj Bhavan (to stake claim)." Yeddyurappa said.

Noting that it was because of the blessings and cooperation of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, he has grown from taluk to state level to become Chief Minister, he said, "I have come here to take blessings from elders of Sangh Parivar before taking next step."

Soon after the JDS-Congress government lost the vote of confidence in the assembly, Yeddyurappa Tuesday had said he will meet the governor after consulting the party central leaders.

He had also written to BJP national president Amit Shah last night. "I am very much elated and pleased to disclose to you that we have defeated the confidence motion moved by the Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy paving the way for the formation of our party government in Karnataka," Yeddyurappa's letter to Shah read.

Stating that party's 105 members stood like a "rock" with the party at this juncture, he said, "We had a testing time for the last couple of days for various political reasons, but overcame all those critical moments before defeating the confidence motion.
"Now more than we the party members, people of the state are a relieved lot as they were fed up with the bad governance of the coalition setup," Yeddyurappa in his letter added.

Senior BJP legislator J C Madhuswamy said, "party national president Amit Shah has to instruct us to call a legislature party meeting in the presence of an observer to elect the leader."
He said "things have to go democratically as ours is a national party, so we are waiting for instructions from them after that appointment with Governor will be sought.

"Later party sources said a delegation of the state leaders, including former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, Madhuswamy and Basavaraj Bommai, have left for Delhi to hold discussions with the party high command.

In the trial of legislative strength, Kumaraswamy had garnered 99 votes against the 105 by the BJP.

Updated Date: Jul 25, 2019 09:31:34 IST