Bengaluru: Days after Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa made a controversial statement, he has once again grabbed headlines with another remark.

Yeddyurappa, on Sunday, claimed that his party would form the government in Karnataka within the next 24 hours if BJP secures 22 seats out of the 28 Parliamentary constituencies in the state during the Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing the gathering in Karnataka's Belagavi district, Yeddyurappa said, "If the people of Karnataka give us 22 seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections, we will form the government in Karnataka within 24 hours."

Currently, there are 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka. BJP holds 16 seats while the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) have secured 10 and 2 Lok Sabha seats respectively.

However, Yeddyurappa had made earlier courted controversy after stating that the Indian Air Force's air strike targeting terror launch pads in Pakistan's Balakot on February 26 would help the party win 22 seats in the state.

"The recent act of the armed forces attacking Pakistan has turned the tide in Narendra Modi's favour, as the youth is happy after the attack. It will help us win 22 seats in Karnataka," he had told reporters in Chitradurga on February 28.

In May last year, Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka, but had to vacate his position as the BJP fell short of the majority mark in the state Assembly.

In the Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections held last year, the BJP had won 104 seats, while the JD(S) won 37 seats and the Congress secured 80 seats