Bengaluru: Hours after B.S. Yeddyurappa of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit as Karnataka chief minister on Saturday, Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress combine to form government in the state.

The Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress combine has been invited to form government by the governor and the swearing in ceremony will take place on 23 May, JDS leader H.D. Kumaraswamy said in Bengaluru.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the governor Vala, Kumaraswamy said the governor has given him 15 days to prove the majority, “but we will do it much before."

Kumaraswamy’s meeting with the governor came hours after B.S. Yeddyurappa stepped down as chief minister without facing the floor test in the assembly as the BJP fell short of numbers.

The post election stitched alliance of JDS and Congress, which claims the support of 117 members, has already staked it’s claim to form the government and said it would be headed by Kumaraswamy, who would be the chief minister for a second time.

The 12 May assembly polls threw up a hung assembly, with the BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats. The Congress got 78 seats and the JD(S), 37.

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