100% sure of winning vote of confidence: Yeddyurappa

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Bengaluru: Newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa arrives at Vidhana Soudha after taking oath at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, May 17, 2018. PTI

Bengaluru: Newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa arrives at Vidhana Soudha after taking oath at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, May 17, 2018.
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Newly sworn in Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa today said he was “100 per cent sure” of winning the vote of confidence in the assembly and completing the five-year term. Slamming the Congress-JD(S) alliance as “unholy”, he charged they were out to grab power though the people had “rejected them outright”.

“I am sure of winning the vote of confidence and my government completing five years,” he said.

Yeddyurappa has been given 15-days window by Governor Vajubhai Vala, a decision that has been challenged in the Supreme Court by the Congress and JD(S).

Asked how soon he would prove majority, Yeddyurappa said he would do it as soon as possible.
“I am not going to wait till 15 days… I am keen to do it as soon as possible,” he said.

Addressing his first press conference soon after taking the oath, Yeddyurappa also appealed to the legislators to vote according to their “conscience” and uphold the people’s mandate.

Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala administers oath to BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister in Bengaluru, May 17, 2018. PTI

Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala administers oath to BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister in Bengaluru, May 17, 2018.
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“I seek support of all legislators and I ask them to vote for me by exercising their conscience just as Indira Gandhi did in a Presidential election,” he said.

He was referring to the 1969 presidential election, when the then prime minister Gandhi had called for “conscience vote” to independent VV Giri backed by her. Giri had defeated official Congress nominee Neelam Sanjiva Reddy.

“I am 100 per cent sure of the success,” Yeddyurappa said, striking a confident note on emerging victorious in the trial of strength in the assembly. “I have people’s support for me and my party,” he said.

The BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in the May 12 elections which threw up a hung assembly. On the other hand, Congress got 78 and JD(S) secured 37.
(With inputs from PTI)