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BJP forms government in Karnataka

BS Yeddyurappa
Last year, Mr Yeddyurappa was chief minister for exactly a week

A new government, headed by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has taken power in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.

Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has taken the oath along with 29 cabinet members in the state capital, Bangalore.

In the recently-held state elections, the BJP won 110 of the 224 seats, just three short of an overall majority.

This is the first time the party is heading a government of its own in southern India.

Karnataka is politically important and its capital, Bangalore, is the hub of India's booming IT industry.

Voting was held in three phases on 10, 16 and 22 May.

Cheering supporters

The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Vidhana Soudha building.

Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new chief minister and his cabinet.

Voting in Karnataka assembly elections
Voting was held in three phases earlier this month

The new cabinet includes only one woman, Shobha Karandlaje, who has been elected to the assembly for the first time.

The oath taking ceremony was watched by senior BJP leaders and tens of thousands of cheering supporters.

In November last year, Mr Yeddyurappa formed a government in Karnataka together with his coalition ally, the Janata Dal (Secular) party.

The government collapsed a week later after the alliance partner decided to oppose Mr Yeddyurappa in a confidence vote.

The last assembly elections were held in Karnataka in 2004. No party gained a majority in the 224-member state assembly.

The BJP was the largest party with 79 seats, but Congress with its 64 members aligned with 58 Janata Dal (S) members to form the government.

The government lasted for 20 months before the two parties split.

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