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Yeddyurappa meets governor, stakes claim to form government

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

BJP chief B S today met and staked claim to form the government, countering a move of the Congress-JDS combine which he slammed as an attempt to come back to power through the back door.

"BJP has emerged as the single largest party, we have requested the to give us an opportunity to prove our majority on the floor of the assembly," told reporters after meeting Vala along with Ananth Kumar.

Not willing to comment on JD(S)-alliance, he said "....we have staked claim to form the government. We have said we will prove our majority in the assembly, give us an opportunity."

The move by came soon after JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy wrote to the informing him about his decision to accept the Congress' support extended to his party to form the government.

In a dramatic twist, the offered support to the JDS-led by former H D Deve Gowda to form a government as the assembly polls appeared to throw up a hung verdict.

Earlier, Yeddyurappa accused the of trying to subvert the popular mandate and come back to power through the back door by offering support to JDS to form the government.

Yeddyurappa said the people of the state had rejected the "lock, stock and barrel" and given a mandate for change.

"The people had given a mandate for a Congress-mukt Karnataka," the BJP strongman told reporters shortly after the Congress offered support to JDS.

Yeddyurappa said there was anti-incumbency against the and the himself had suffered a "pathetic defeat" in his home constituency of Chamundeshwari.

He said the party "condemns the devious means being adopted by the Congress."

"...the Congress is trying to subvert the popular mandate and come back to power through the back door. People of will never accept this," he said.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 18:20 IST