Saffron flags fly high as BJP makes its forey into South India

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Bangalore, Nov 11 (UNI) Saffron flags flying high as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) makes its foray into South India with party senior leader B S Yeddyurappa all set to sworn in as 25th Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow.

Main streets and circles in the City were decorated with BJP banners and flags. Huge cutout of Mr Yeddyurappa was seen near Chief Minister's official residence 'Krishna' and near Vidhana Soudha, the venue for BJP's historic event Swearing in. In contrast, only a few flags of Janata Dal (Secular), the coalition partner, could be seen.

BJP State President D V Sadananada Gowda told UNI that only Mr Yeddyurappa and Deputy Chief Minister, selected by Janata Dal (Secular) would be sworn in tomorrow. About list of candidates joining the Ministry would be decided in consultation with party senior leaders including National President Rajnath Singh, Opposition leader in the Lok Sabha L K Advani, Mr Yeshwant Sinha, incharge of Karnataka, Dr Murali Manohar Joshi, Mr Venkaiah Naidu, Mr Narendra Modi who among others are arriving by a charted flight tomorrow to attended the swearing in ceremony.

Meanwhile, a large number of workers from all parts of the State and neighbouring Tamil Nadu were expected to arrive to witness the event to be held in front of Vidhana Soudha, the State Secretariat which was decorated specially for the event.

Police have made elaborate security arrangements to maintain law and order and to regulate traffic movement as more than 350 buses with party workers, mainly from Shimoga, the home town of Mr Yeddyurappa, Mysore, Hubli, Mangalore, Davanagere.

Over 170 traffic police personnel have been drawn up to man the traffic and public have been advised to avoid roads leading to the Vidhana Soudha.

UNI

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