Bharatiya Janata Party Legislature Party which met here on Wednesday elected Mr B S Yeddyurappa as its leader and immediately the party leaders met Governor Vajubhai Vala and staked claim to form the next government in Karnataka.
BJP had emerged as single largest party with 104 MLAs after Assembly election was held for 222 seats on May 12 but still fell short of 7 seats to form the Government.
However, Mr Yeddyurappa who submitted the list of 104 legislators to the Governor, said the party would be able to form the government with the support from outside and requested him to invite him to form the new government.
The BJPLP meeting which was held at the BJP state headquarters here this morning lasted just 10 minutes with a single point agenda of electing its LP leader. Immediately after that Mr Yeddyurappa along with other BJP leaders like party-in charges Prakash Javdekar, P Muralidhar Rao and others met the Governor and submitted the list of the BJP legislators.
Party sources said that Mr Yeddyurappa had urged Mr Vala to give first preference to the BJP as it was the largest party in the Assembly which will be constituted soon.
After counting was taken up yesterday, BJP had emerged as the single largest party with 104 members, followed by Congress 78 and Janata Dal (S) 38 and two independents.
Speaking before the BJPLP meeting Union Minister Anant Kumar said that BJP had emerged as the single largest party while Congress had been rejected by the people and Janata Dal (S) emerging a distant third behind BJP.
The party expects that it was invited to form the government first as it had the people''s mandate.
BJP Karnataka unit General Secretary Shobha Karandlaje said that BJP was in a position to form the next government and being the largest party it would be invited first by the Governor.
''''Congress is trying to make a backdoor entry to gain power and loot the state. People fed up with its corrupt rule had rejected it in this election. We will not allow this,'''' she said.
Sources said Mr Yeddyurappa had sought at least 10 days time with the governor to enable him to prove the majority.
Yesterday leaders of all the major three political parties had met the Governor to stake claim to form the government. Congress had offered unconditional support to JD(S) to form the new government.
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