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With court battle on, Yeddyurappa says 100 per cent confident of majority

With court battle on, Yeddyurappa says 100 per cent confident of majority
BS Yeddyurappa. Reuters

Bengaluru, May 17

Newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday said he was “100 per cent sure” of winning the vote of confidence in the assembly and completing the five-year term even as the Supreme Court is set to resume hearing the matter on Friday. 

In a historic pre-dawn hearing, the Supreme Court today cleared the last-minute hurdle created by the Congress-JD(S) combine for the BJP's ambitious surge in southern India by paving the way for B S Yeddyurappa to be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

He slammed the Congress-JDS alliance as “unholy” and charged that they were out to grab power though the people had “rejected them outright”.

“I am sure of winning the vote of confidence and my government completing five years,” said Yeddyurappa, who has been given a 15-day window by Governor Vajubhai Vala in a controversial decision that has been challenged in the Supreme Court.

He was addressing his first press conference soon after taking the oath following an overnight legal battle in the Supreme Court where the Congress-JDS combine made a desperate push to stall the government formation.

Yeddyurappa also appealed to the legislators to vote according to their “conscience” and uphold the people’s mandate.

“I am 100 per cent sure of the success,” he said, striking a confident note on emerging victorious in the trial of strength in the assembly.

“I have people’s support for me and my party,” said Yeddyurappa, who has now a tough task to muster the numbers to reach the half mark of 112.

The BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in the May 12 elections which threw up a hung assembly. PTI


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