NEW DELHI, May 17 (Bernama) -- The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed a new government in India's southern state of Karnataka on Thursday as the Congress party mounted a legal challenge saying its opponent lacked a majority in the legislature.
State governor Vajubhai Vala gave new Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa 15 days to win a trial of strength in assembly.
"I am sure of winning the vote of confidence and my government completing five years," 75-year-old Yeddyurappa said.
The BJP has 104 lawmakers, eight short of a simple majority, while the Congress won 78 seats and its ally Janata Dal (Secular) has 37 members.
There are allegations that many newly-elected legislators are being offered huge amounts of cash to defect. The Congress was moving its lawmakers to a secluded resort to stop them from coming into contact with potential poachers.....