BJP takes JD-S offer, cites Yedi as CM

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New Delhi, Oct 27: Accepting the Janata Dal (Secular)'s offer of ''unconditional support'', the BJP today said the two parties would stake claim to form the next government in Karnataka before Governor Rameshwar Thakur.

BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said JD(S) President H D Deve Gowda had a detailed discussion with his BJP counterpart Rajnath Singh this morning, paving the way for the two parties to renew their alliance.

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''Mr Singh consulted all the Parliamentary Board members of the party telephonically and accepted the proposal of the JD(S)... Mr B S Yediyurappa will be the Chief Minister,'' he added.

Mr Yediyurappa and former Chief Minister H D Kumarawamy would meet the Karnataka Governor to stake claim for government formation, he said.

He claimed the support of 126 MLAs support in the 224-member House and said the party was expecting the Governor to invite Mr Yediyurappa to form the first ever BJP-led government in the state.

Karnataka is currently under President's rule with the Assembly under suspended animation following the withdrawal of support to the H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government by the BJP after the JD(S) refused to transfer power to the party on October four as per their agreement.

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