BS Yeddyurappa sworn in as Karnataka CM for second time

Written by Political Bureau | Bangalore, May 30 | Updated: Jun 1 2008, 05:19am hrs
The BJP finally formed a full-fledged government in south India on Friday when a 30-member ministry led by BS Yeddyurappa assumed office.

This is the second innings for Yeddyurappa as a chief minister. He last became a chief minister in November 2007 only for a week as his coalition partner Janata Dal-Secular withdrew support, resulting into dissolution of the assembly a year before schedule.

After swearing-in as the 26th chief minister of Karnataka, Yeddyurappa, addressing a media conference, said, Let there be no doubt in anybodys mind about the stability of my government as it enjoys a clear majority. The new government would be guided by the manifesto and we pledge to make Karnataka a model state in India, he said.

The newly-formed Yeddyurappa-led BJP government will seek a trust vote in the assembly on June 6. Till the government wins the trust vote, it will not take any major policy decision, he said.

We will also implement former President APJ Abdul Kalams Vision 2020, he said. We stand by the promises made in the manifesto. It would be reflected in the policies and programmes to be framed and launched soon, he claimed. Recognition of food, health, education, housing and social justice as basic rights of people will be highlights of our vision for progressive and prosperous Karnataka. The government would implement special programmes to upgrade rural and urban infrastructure aiming to improve quality of life, he said.

The major policy decisions and other programmes would be announced only after holding discussions in the full-fledged Cabinet meeting, he said. On the issue over Hogenakkal Drinking Water project, he said, After discussing the issue in the state Cabinet and seeking the opinion of advocate general, we will proceed further in this matter.

Yeddyurappa was the first political leader in Karnataka to agitate against Hogenakkal drinking water scheme.

The BJP government, which is short of three seats for a clear majority of 113, got the support of six independents, taking its total tally in the 224-member house to 116. The BJP has rewarded five of the six independents with ministerial berths.