Yeddiyurappa takes oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka

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The BJP's BS Yeddiyurappa has sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka by 6.30pm on Friday, just three days after the coalition government led by HD Kumaraswamy failed a test of strength.

Yeddiyurappa takes oath in the name of God. The swearing-in ceremony lasted exactly six minutes. In a highly charged atmosphere, party workers raised slogans during the swearing-in ceremony.

Governor Vajubhai Vala has administered the oath. Full cabinet will be only after the floor test. After the swearing-in ceremony Yeddiyurappa will head on to the Vidhana Soudha. There he may address the press.

Yeddiyurappa met with Governor Vajubhai Vala this morning to stake claim and urged him to schedule an oath ceremony on Friday. Governor later gave sanction to the swearing-in ceremony.

Yediyurappa has to prove his majority by July 31 but sources say he may seek a trust vote before that, on Monday. "I am 101 per cent confident of getting the numbers," he said while interacting with media. The BJP's move ends speculation that the party was playing it safe to secure its numbers in the assembly.