B.S.Yeddyurappa, the 76-year old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Karnataka unit president, said he will take oath as the state's chief minister at 6 PM on Friday.
"I met governor to stake claim to form the government," Yeddyurappa said after meeting Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan.
Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for the fourth time. The BJP's stake to form government in the state comes after an anxious few days, during which time the party awaited clarity on the status of the resignations of rebel legislators of the Congress- Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government.
Senior BJP leaders had expressed reservation about rushing to form the government without clarity.
Yeddyurappa has had to step down from government twice in the past, having failed to muster a majority. In 2007, he resigned after barely seven days in office, while in 2018 the Lingayat strongman was forced to step down after three days in office.
Yeddyurappa being sworn in as the chief minister of the state comes a day after Karnataka assembly speaker, K.R.Ramesh Kumar, disqualified MLAs
Ramesh.L.Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumathalli, and R.Shankar under anti-defection law that ban defecting legislators from contesting by-polls and taking up legislative duties for the duration of the assembly.
The H.D.Kumaraswamy led coalition government in the state collapsed afterlosing the confidence motion by six votes on Tuesday.