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Yeddyurappa elected BJP House leader, stakes claim to form government

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

The newly elected legislators on Wednesday elected their and he soon staked claim to form the government though the party is eight seats short of a majority in the Assembly.

"We have staked claim to form the government as the single largest party with 104 newly elected legislators," Yeddyurappa told reporters here after meeting at Raj Bhavan.

Earlier, the new MLAs unanimously elected the former Minister and the BJP's face Yeddyurappa as their

"I have requested the to allow me to take oath as the Minister at the earliest and the said he would take an appropriate decision soon," he said.

Of the 222 constituencies where polling was held on May 12, the BJP won 104 seats while the won 78 and JD-S won 38 seats, along with its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), throwing up a hung Assembly.

The BJP is eight short of the 112-halfway mark needed for a simple majority.

In a related development, the party's from Rajajinagar, S. Suresh Kumar, said the was "shameless" to extend support to the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) after its leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, accused the regional party of being the 'B-team' of the BJP.

"Shocking to see a defeated falling over heels to extend unconditional support to the JD-S after dubbing it BJP's B-team," Kumar told reporters.

On Tuesday, the Congress extended unconditional support to the JD-S to form a government in the state.



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 13:56 IST