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Yeddyurappa stakes claim to form BJP government in Karnataka

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

The BJP's face, B.S. Yeddyurappa, on Wednesday staked claim to form the new government in

"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

Earlier in the day, the new lawmakers unanimously elected 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," Yeddyurappa said.

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

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

In a related development, the party's from Rajajinagar in the city's northwest suburb told reporters that the was "shameless" to extend support to the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) after its leaders, including and 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," told reporters outside

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



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 12:28 IST