Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala administering the oath of office to BJP leader B. S. Yediyurappa as the new Chief Minister of the state at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on July 26, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala administering the oath of office to BJP leader B. S. Yediyurappa as the new Chief Minister of the state at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on July 26, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Bengaluru

Yediyurappa takes oath as Karnataka Chief Minister

IANS

Bengaluru, July 26, 2019

BJP state president B. S. Yediyurappa was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka by Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan here this evening.
"The Governor administered the oath of office and secrecy to Yediyurappa around 6:30 p.m. at a simple ceremony in the well-lit 'Glass House' on the sprawling lawns of Raj Bhavan," a state official told IANS.
State Chief Secretary T. M. Vijay Bhaskar conducted the 10-minute ceremony on the dais, with the rendering of the National Anthem in the beginning and end of the event.
Wearing a white safari suit, with a folded green shawl over his shoulders, the 75-year-old Yediyurappa took oath in Kannada in the name of god in the presence of dignitaries, special invitees and top officials of the state, including police officers.
Hundreds of the party's leaders, legislators, cadres and Yediyurappa's family members were also present at the event amid tight security.
This is the fourth time Yediyurappa, who hails from Shivamogga district in the picturesque Malnad region of the state, has become chief minister.
The BJP's first Chief Minister in south India, he headed the state first in November 2007 for a week after the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) withdraw support to his party, from May 2008 to July 2011 and for three days in May 2018.
Among the prominent party leaders present on the occasion were BJP's state in-charge Muralidhar Rao, former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, former Assembly speaker K. G. Bopaiah, former ministers Basavaraj Bommai and B. R. Sriramuly and G. Karunakar Reddy, elder brother of Ballari mining baron G. Janardhan Reddy.
Party's senior leader and former state chief minster S.M. Krishna also attended the event.
Party's Lok Sabha members Shobha Karandlaje and Pratp Simha were also seen seated in the audience.
Sporting victory signs from his both hands and smiling, Yediyurappa greeted the gathering on the occasion.
As announced earlier, a miffed Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leaders, including their former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Congress legislature party leader Siddaramaiah, KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao boycotted the ceremony.
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