Bangalore, Nov 12: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B S Yeddyurappa was today sworn in as the 26th Chief Minister of Karnataka, heading a BJP-JD(S) coalition Government.
Governor Rameshwar Thakur administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Yeddyurappa on the portals of Vidhana Soudha, the State Secretariat, amidst thunderous cheers from party workers who had thronged to witness the historic occasion of the BJP forming its first Government in South India.
The Governor had invited Mr Yeddyurappa last week to form the Government following his election as the joint legislature party leader of both the BJP and the JD(S).
With the JD(S) failing to select its candidate for the Deputy Chief Minister's post, Mr Yeddyurappa and four other BJP Ministers -- R Ashok, Jagdish Shettar, Govind M Karjol and Dr V S Acharya -- alone took oath. The installation of the new Government puts an end to more than a month-long suspense over the future Government in the State.
President's rule was imposed in the State after Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had resigned on October eight, following the BJP withdrawing its support to the JD(S) as the latter refused to honour its power transfer agreement.
The Government formation in Karnataka marked a red letter day in the annals of the BJP's history, with the party forming a Government south of the Vindhyas for the first time.
Mr Gowda's announcement about the 'remarriage' with BJP, accusing the Congress of trying to divide his party, had come as a blessing in disguise for the party as it enabled the 'Lotus' to bloom in the State and fulfill its long-cherished dream of running a Government in South India.