76-year-old Karnataka BJP president BS Yediyurappa was sworn-in as chief minister of Karnataka at the glasshouse in Raj Bhavan, Bengaluru on Friday (July 26).
Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP president BS Yediyurappa who recently changed the spelling of his name, based on the advice of an astrologer, took oath at the glasshouse in Raj Bhavan at 6:30pm today (July 26).
Dismissing the opposition's claim that his party engineered defections to bring down the Congress-JD(S) government in the state, BJP national working president JP Nadda on Friday (July 26) said that it fell due to internal reasons and asserted that his party would provide a stable government to Karnataka.
"They (Congress-JD-S) fell under their weight due to internal reasons...The BJP is synonymous with stability. Wherever we go, we bring stability," Nadda told reporters at his maiden press conference where he also shared the Narendra Modi government's achievements in its first 50 days in New Delhi.
Asked about the fact that BJP leader BS Yediyurappa, who took oath as chief minister, is over the 75-year age bar the party has stipulated for its leaders holding any government position, he played it down.
Speaking to reporters, Nadda said that Yediyurappa is the leader of the BJP legislature party in the state and it was natural for him to be the party's choice for the chief minister's post.
"It depends," he said when quizzed about the party's age-bar and then added, "you see, first of all, he is a leader, he is an elected leader of the legislature party. Accordingly, he is taking oath. It is a continuous process, and the party takes note of ongoing developments from time to time."
The BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its president Amit Shah has introduced the 75 year age limit for ministers in the party-run governments as well as for its candidates in the recent Lok Sabha election to ease out many veterans, including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Sumitra Mahajan among others.
Asked about reports that the BJP government may accommodate some rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs as ministers, Nadda said it is for these MLAs to decide their future course of action.
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