Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Monday alleged the administrative machinery in the State had collapsed during the Congress-JDS rule and his priority was to bring it back on track.
Moving the confidence motion in the Assembly to prove the majority of his three-day-old ministry, Yeddyurappa said he would not indulge in "politics of vengeance" as he believed in the "forget and forgive principle."
"My becoming the chief minister is according to expectations of the people," said Yeddyurappa who succeeded H D Kumaraswamy whose 14-month old government collapsed under the weight of a rebellion by a section of the coalition MLAs.
Yeddyurappa said he assumed office in a difficult situation with the state facing drought.
"The administrative machinery has collapsed... my priority is to bring it back on track," he said.
He also said, "I will not indulge in politics of vengeance. I believe in the forget and forgive principle."
Yeddyurappa also sought cooperation of the Opposition. Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah said the Yeddyurappa government was "unconstitutional and immoral" and expressed doubts about its longevity.
"You have no mandate of the people," Siddaramaiah told Yeddyurappa.
"Where is the mandate in your favour...where is the majority... Yeddyurappa has become the chief minister with just 105 members," Siddaramaiah said.
"Let us see how long you will be (the chief minister).... I want you to be (CM) for the full term but I don't think you will be able to complete it (the term)," Siddaramaiah told Yeddyurappa.
JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy took exception to Yeddyurappa's charge that the administrative machinery had collapsed and said it was a "baseless" one that did not behove the chief minister.
"I won't comment on the ways you have come to power....," Kumaraswamy said, adding, "you have come to power through conspiracy."
He asked the chief minister to reveal how the administrative machinery had collapsed.