The 75-year-old Lingayat strongman was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan amid loud cheering by his supporters.
B.S. Yeddyurappa on Tuesday mocked the Congress party for being "desperate" to grab power by exploring an alliance with Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) despite being "rejected" by the people of the state.
The BJP bagged 15 seats and was leading in 91 constituencies, as it appeared headed for a simple majority in the Karnataka Assembly, leaving the ruling Cong way behind, latest trends available showed.
Around 53 percent voter turnout was reported till 3 pm in the single-phase Karnataka Assembly elections today, poll officials said.
"BJP will win the Karnataka elections with majority because the people have confidence in the development model and leadership of Modi," said Javadekar in an interview.
Ruling out the possibility of a hung Assembly in Karnataka, PM Modi launched a scathing attack on the Congress, accusing it of spreading lies and dividing societies.
PM Modi said ideals of Lingayat philosopher Basaveshwara motivate people across the world as he paid floral tributes at the bust of the 12th century social reformer.
Modi paid floral tributes at the bust of 12th century Lingayat philosopher and social reformer Basaveshwara at Albert Embankment Gardens on banks of Thames.
Rahul Gandhi visited the Lingayat seminary Siddhaganga Mutt and sought the blessings of Sri Shivakumara Swami, the highly revered seer of the community.
BJP win in Karnataka will reinforce NDA’s claim to be the front-runner in the next general elections. An upset win for the GOP would give it much needed political boost.