Bharatiya Janata Party leader B S Yeddyurappa said on Thursday he “will win the majority and be in power for the next five years” after he was sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka.
He, however, declined to elaborate how the BJP would prove his majority on the floor of the House, saying the issue was being heard at the Supreme Court. He was referring to the Congress party’s Thursday-night appeal in the Supreme Court challenging Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite Yeddyurappa to form Karnataka’s new government and prove his majority in 15 days.
The BJP won 104 seats, the Congress 78, and Janata Dal(Secular) plus an ally 38 seats in the Karnataka elections, throwing up a hung Assembly. The BJP is still eight seats short of the 112-halfway mark needed for a simple majority in the 224-member Assembly. Here is a chart explaining what the BJP could do to prove its majority in Karnataka assembly.