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Rahul, Sonia and Siddaramaiah have ruined Karnataka: BJP on Congress protest over BSY becoming Chief Minister

17 May, 2018 6:49 AM
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The BJP on Thursday said that BSY government will easily survive the floor test even as Congress and Janata Dal-Secular continued to protest against the new government in Karnataka.

Bengaluru: The ruling BJP on Thursday expressed confidence that BS Yeddyurappa, the newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Karnataka, will survive the floor test and comfortably prove majority in the state assembly very soon.

''If Congress wants to protest, they should protest against Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Siddaramaiah as this trio has ruined the Congress,'' Union Minister Ananth Kumar said in Bengaluru.

The remarks from BJP came after a delegation of Congress leaders staged a protest outside the Karnataka Vidhan Soudha against BS Yeddyurappa's swearing in as the CM of Karnataka.

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Senior Congress leaders GN Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal and former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah were among those present at the Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Vidhan Soudha.

BJP legislature party leader BS Yeddyurappa was earlier sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for the third time, after an overnight high-voltage legal battle in the Supreme Court.

The 75-year-old Lingayat strongman was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan amid loud cheering by his supporters.

In a rare overnight courtroom battle, the Congress-JD(S) combine made a desperate legal push to stall the government formation.

Yeddyurappa has been given 15 days to prove his majority in the 225-member Assembly.

The BJP has 104 MLAs in the House, eight short of the magic figure of 112.

Polling was held on May 12 for 222 of the state's 224 seats. One member of the assembly is nominated from the Anglo-Indian community.

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