Karnataka election results: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader BS Yeddyurappa was today sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru today morning. The oath of office and secrecy was administered to him by Governor Vajubhai Vala at 9 am. Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Ananth Kumar were among others who were present on the ocassion. The swearing-in ceremony was held hours after the Supreme Court, in a pre-dawn hearing, cleared the decks for BJP legislative party leader BS Yeddyurappa to take oath as the new CM of the southern state. The ruling is seen as a huge setback for the Congress and the JD(S) who had moved the top court late last evening seeking a stay on Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite the BJP to form the government. The Supreme Court admitted the Congress-JD(S) petition and agreed to accord urgent hearing. A bench of Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan was specially convened at ‘odd hours’ to hear their petition.
After three long hours, the court refused to pass any order to stay the Governor’s invitation and allowed the swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa. The court, in its order, however, made it clear that the swearing-in and government formation in the state is “subject to outcome of the case before it” and posted the matter for further hearing on Friday at 10:30 am. The court said that it is necessary to pursue these letters (Mat 15 and 16 letters sent to the Governor) to decide the matter.
Karnataka government formation highlights: BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as CM
11:49 am: Addressing a rally in Raipur, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that there is an atmosphere of fear in the country. “Constitution under severe attack in country,” he said.
11:41 am: Senior lawyer and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani terms Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision a ‘gross abuse’ of Constitutional power. Jethmalani has moved the Supreme Court in personal capacity against the Governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form government. The SC bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra asks Jethmalani to mention his plea tomorrow before the bench concerned.
11:38 am: “I am sure of winning vote of confidence. My government will complete 5 years,” Yeddyurappa told reporters. “I seek support of all legislators to vote according to their conscience and uphold people’s mandate.”
11:32 am: Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa is presently addressing the media in Bengaluru. He said that the Congress and JD(S) are insulting the people’s mandate. “Congress-JDS combine trying to grab power through “immoral” post-poll alliance.” The Chief Minister announced loan waiver for 1 lakh farmers.
11:30 am: TV reports suggest that two Congress MLAs are missing.
11:26 am: Janata Dal (Secular) president reaches Vidhan Soudha to join the Congress’ protest against the swearing-in of BSY as Karnataka CM
11:21 am: Shiv Sena targets the BJP over the ongoing political drama in Karnataka. Sanjay Raut said that the Governor should have invited those who had maximum numbers. “BS Yeddyurappa has taken the oath but it’s difficult to prove majority. Governor should have called those who had maximum numbers. When this happens people say, loktantra ki hatya ho gayi (it is a murder of democracy).”
BS Yeddyurappa has become #Karnataka CM third time. I have confidence that he will provide a stable&responsible govt. It is unfortunate that Congress being an old age party is indulging in nefarious activities, they should work as a constructive opposition party:Ananth Kumar, BJP pic.twitter.com/hesccxMLnY
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
11:10 am: Kumaraswamy says Anand Singh in Modi’s clutches
HD Kumaraswamy accuses Modi government of misusing the istitutions of the Central government. Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, he said that the BJP leaders are trying to purchase MLAs and that the party’s plan is to safeguard its MLAs. “BJP and their ministers are working to purchase MLAs, people should know about attitude of central government,” he said. Kumaraswamy also questioned the Governor’s decision to invite the BJP to firm government. “BJP does not have majority, how has the Governor behaved? He has misused his office,” he told reporters.
Kumaraswamy said that the the BJP is destroying democratic systems. He appealed his father and former PM HD Deve Godwa to take lead and talk to all regional parties to protect the interest of the country. He said that the Centre is threatening MLAs. “Anand Singh (Congress MLA) told ‘they are using ED, I had a case in ED and they are going to screw me. I’m sorry I have to protect my interest,’ another Cong MLA who spoke to Singh told me,” Kumaraswamy said.
10:48 am: BJP national president Amit Shah lashes out at Congress party and its chief Rahul Gandhi over the mid-night drama. He termed as ‘shameful’ the Congress party decision to announce support to the JD(S). He said that the offer was not for the state’s welfare for their petty political gains.
“The ‘Murder of Democracy’ happens the minute a desperate Congress made an ‘opportunist’ offer to the JD(S), not for Karnataka’s welfare but for their petty political gains. Shameful!” his tweet reads.
“Who has the people’s mandate in Karnataka? The BJP, which has won 104 seats. Or, Congress which dropped to 78 seats, whose own CM and Ministers lost by big margins. JD(S) who won only 37 seats and lost their deposits on several others. People are wise to realise,” he said in another tweet.
President of the Congress obviously doesn’t remember the glorious history of his party.
The legacy of Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s Party is the horrific Emergency, blatant misuse of Article 356, subverting the courts, media and civil society.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 17, 2018
10:42 am: Mukul Rohatgi says there was no urgency to list the matter at night. “SC has the power to undo if any wrong is done. Last night we didn’t have all the papers, except the petition,” he told ANI.
10:40 am: Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashok Gehlot and Siddaramaiah protest outside Karnataka Vidhana Soudha against the swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa.
10:35 am: Congress MLA Khader says that all MLAs are together. “All MLAs are in contact, the two MLAs who are not present here right now will come, I also just came back from Mangaluru,” Khader told ANI outside Eagleton resort.
10:22 am: BS Yeddyurappa takes charge as Congress protests outside the state Assembly.
10:19 am: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram points out issues in the Governor’s invitation letter to BSY. In a tweet he says, “Mr Yedyurappa’s letter to the Governor will seal his fate. There is no mention of a number bigger than 104. The Governor’s invitation does not mention any number at all!”
10:10 am: New Karnataka Chief BS Yeddyurappa reaches Vidhan Soudha, to take charge shorrly. Former Congress CM Siddaramaiah is leading the party’s protest near the Mahatma Gandhi statue.
10:09: Janata Dal (Secular) president HD Deve Gowda leaves from his residence for Shangri-La Hotel, where JD(S) MLAs are presently lodged. The JD(S)+ had won 37 seats.
10 am: Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the BJP is making mockery of the Constitution. In a tweet this morning, Rahul said that the BJP leaders are ‘celebrating its hollow victory’. “The BJP’s irrational insistence that it will form a Govt. in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn’t have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution. This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy,” his tweet reads.
9:51 am: Union Minister Piyush Goyal congratulates BSY on being sworn in as the Karnataka Chief Minister. “I am sure that the state, which has been deprived of growth for years, will be on a development track. Wishing you the very best in taking Karnataka to new heights of progress in the coming years,” he said in a tweet.
Congress is repeatedly denigrating the constitutional bodies of the country. Their midnight drama of challenging Governor of Karnataka’s decision to call single largest party, BJP to form the govt., in line with convention is another example! SC rightly has refused to interfere!
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) May 17, 2018
9:50 am: Union minister Suresh Prabhu congratulates BS Yeddyurappa after he takes oath as the new CM of Karnataka. “May Karnataka reach great heights under your leadership,” Prabhu said in a tweet.
9:40 am: Union Minister Ananth Kumar takes a jibe at the Congress’ protest against BSY’s swearing-in. Kumar says that Congress leaders should protest against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. “If Congress wants to protest, they should protest against Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Siddaramaiah, as this trio has ruined the Congress,” he told ANI.
9:33 am: According to ANI, scores of Congress leaders have gathered near the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru to protest against the swearing-in of BSY. The leaders include several Congress MLAs, senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot and former CM Siddaramaiah.
@INCIndia and JD-S alliance in Karnataka submitted a letter with 116 signatures to the governor on Wednesday – clearly proving majority. Yet, we watched the BJP candidate #BSYeddyurappa being sworn in as Chief Minister. If this isn’t murder of democracy, I can’t imagine what is!
— Jyotiraditya Scindia (@JM_Scindia) May 17, 2018
9:28 am: The matter is pending before the Court. We will go to the people and we will tell them how BJP is going against the Constitution: Siddaramaiah
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
9:26 am: Yeddyurappa has now 15 days to prove his majority on the floor of the House. The BJP has 104 MLAs in 224-member Assembly. Polling was held in 222 of the state’s 224 seats. Election to the Jayanagar seat was countermanded following the death of the BJP candidate, while polling was deferred to May 28 for RR Nagar seat due to alleged electoral malpractices.
9:14 am: Yeddyurappa was administered the oath alone, hours after the Supreme Court refused to stay his swearing-in. The Congress-JD(S) have moved the Supreme Court late last evening contesting Governor’s invitation to the BJP to form the government.
# Karnataka new CM BS Yeddyurappa and Governor Vajubhai Vala after swearing-in ceremony
9 am: BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka. Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to BSY at an event held in the Raj Bhavan. Union Minister Ananth Kumar, Prakash Javadekar were among others who were present on the occassion.
8:52 am: BS Yeddyurappa arrives at Raj Bhavan. Before arrving at the Raj Bhavan, he visited a temple to offer prayers.
8:42 am: Senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar says that the party is confident of getting support on the floor of the House. He also welcomes the decision of the Governor to invite the single largest party to form government first. “I think all the precedents are with the Governor’s decision. We will get the support, we will prove our majority on the floor of the House,” he told ANI.
8:36 am: Scores of BJP workers have gathered outside the Raj Bhavan. They are chanting ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Modi-Modi’ slogans.
8:25 am: BS Yeddyurappa leaves for Raj Bhavan from his residence, ANI reports. The BJP strongman in south is making a comeback to the top office after a gap of seven years. He had served as the CM of Karnataka between 2008 and 2011, thus becoming the first BJP leader to head a southern state.
8:20 am: FIrst picture from Raj Bhavan. Swearing-in ceremony of BS Yeddyurappa to begin shortly.
8:07 am: Tight security outside Raj Bhavan and the BJP office in Bengalauru. Governor Vajubhai Vala will administer the oath of office and secrecy to BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa at 9 am. ANI reports that Union Ministers JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar are present at Raj Bhavan.
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
7:55 am: Besides, the court also issued notice to Karnataka government and BSY seeking their replies on the plea filed by Congress-JD(S) combine. “This Court is not passing any order staying the oath taking ceremony of B S Yeddyurappa. In case, he is given oath in the meantime, that shall be subject to further orders of this court and final outcome of the writ petition,” the bench said.
7:45 am: In its order, the Supreme Court also directed the Centre to place before it two communications sent by BSY to Governor in which he had staked claim to form the government. The court observed that their perusal was “necessary to decide the case”. The hearing will resume in the Supreme Court on Friday at 10:30 am.
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7:37 am: According to the PTI, the hearing in the Supreme Court began at 2:11 am and ended at 5:28 am. The Supreme Court in its order made clear that the swearing-in and the government formation in the southern state will be subject to the final outcome of the case before it. “As far as swearing-in is concerned, we are not restraining it, but we are making it subject to the outcome of the case,” a special SC bench comprising Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan.
Seems eerie to be at 2 am at same place where u spend whole days, indeed a whole lifetime! In sc with juniors at 2 am on 17/5/18 pic.twitter.com/PEAQqSdjTA
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) May 17, 2018
7:20 AM: The much- awaited apex court order came hours before the swearing-in ceremony in Bengaluru, where 75-year-old Yeddyurappa is slated to become chief minister of the state for the second time, even as the Congress-JD(S) combine has been claiming a majority with support of 117 MLAs, against BJP’s 104.
7:10 AM: Just before the bench was to dictate the order, Congress leader and senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi pleaded with the bench not to dictate the final order and sought to argue the matter further. He said the BJP has 104 MLAs and the governor invited Yeddyurappa to form the government in an “unconstitutional manner”.
7:10 AM: In his submission, Singhvi said the swearing-in could be extended from 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM on Thursday and the BJP should be asked to produce the letter of support from majority of MLAs.
7:00 AM: The bench, which was constituted post-midnight by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on the Congress-JD(S) plea for an urgent hearing, sought to know can it restrain the governor from inviting a party to form the government, to which Singhvi said the Supreme Court had done so in the past.
6:50 AM: The court, during the hearing, also asked was it not a convention that the single-largest party gets invited by governor to form government and prove majority. The bench wondered whether the Supreme Court’s restraining order against the government might lead to a constitutional vacuum in the state.
6:40 AM: It also observed that the general trend of its past judgements was not to issue injunction or restrain the governor. The bench observed that it was preposterous to argue that the MLAs, before they take oath, were not amenable to anti-defection law and meant an open invitation to horse-trading.
6:35 AM: The Supreme Court sought to know why the governor gave 15 days for floor test to the BJP and how it was claiming majority when the Cong-JD(S) combine had higher numbers.
06:06 AM: SC deserves immeasurable kudos 4sitting 3+ half hrs frm 2am. Patient hearing par excellence. Tho no stay bench made swearing fully subject 2further orders. In a sense BSY’s oath is provisional. SC can change interim order tomm after seeing docs. Preponement of fl test also open, tweets Abhishek Singhvi.
Sc deserves immeasurable kudos 4sitting 3+ half hrs frm 2am. Patient hearing par excellence. Tho no stay bench made swearing fully subject 2further orders. In a sense BSY’s oath is provisional. SC can change interim order tomm after seeing docs. Preponement of fl test also open.
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) May 17, 2018
5:58 AM: They have asked the government to produce that letter of 15th May, which Yeddyurappa had given to the Governor (Karnataka), at 10:30 am tomorrow, says Counsel for petitioners Congress and JD(S)
05:40 AM: The three-judge bench of Supreme Court refuses to stay swearing-in ceremony of BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister, matter to be next heard at 10:30 am tomorrow (Friday)
04:30 AM: Supreme Court did not dismiss the petition filed by Congress and JD(S), said, “this petition is a subject of hearing later on”. SC also issued a notice to respondents including BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, asking to file a reply
04:25 AM: The three-judge bench of Supreme Court refuses to stay swearing-in ceremony of BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister
04:20 AM: Question is can there be an injunction against the Governor, says Rohatgi to SC
04:17 AM: It’s Governor’s job to invite to oath. The President and Governor are not answerable to any court. The court should not stop a constitutional functionary in functioning of his official duties, says Mukul Rohatgi, BJP’s lawyer
04:15 AM: Please dismiss this petition. They want an injunction to stop discharging function of one of the highest constitutional functionary. Larger questions is that can it be stalled?, says Attorney General KK Venugopal, Centre’s lawyer
04:10 AM: SC can reduce time period from 15 to 10 or 7 days for BJP to prove majority, Rohatgi to Supreme Court bench.
04:05 AM: We don’t know whether Yeddyurappa will face floor test; Cong-JD(S) should not have filed petition and waited for outcome of floor test, says AG.
04:00 AM: AG says swearing-in subject to outcome of floor test and SC can hear the matter after that.
03:57 AM: Why has Governor given 15 days for floor test, says Supreme Court.
03: 55 AM: If Cong-JD(S) outweigh BJP in number, how they are claiming majority, questions SC
03:53 AM: This petition should not have been filed. Congress & JD(S) should have waited for the floor test to be conducted, says Attorney General KK Venugopal, Centre’s lawyer
03:49 AM: It is preposterous to argue before MLAs take oath they are not amenable to anti-defection law; means open invitation to horse trading, says SC
03:48 AM: M Rohatgi says matter should not have been heard at all at this point of time; it is absolutely wrong.
03:47 AM: “In a case like this where the opposite side is showing 117 MLAs support, how will you have 112 MLAs support?,” Justice AK Sikri asks AG KK Venugopal.
03:45 AM: The matter shouldn’t be heard in the night. Heavens won’t fall if someone is sworn in. Last time SC heard in night, the case related to hanging of Yakub Memon, says M Rohatgi, BJP’s lawyer tells court in hearing of plea filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision
03:43 AM: AG starts the argument, says whole thing in grey area. It is in realm of scrutiny.
03:40 AM: Justice SA Bobde said, “we do not know what kind of majority BS Yeddyurappa has claimed. Unless we see that letter of support, we cannot speculate”, while hearing the petition filed by Congress & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision
03: 32 AM: SC asks Singhvi to wind up arguments as he has already argued for more than an hour. Singhvi seeks few more minutes.
03:30 AM: “Swearing-in ceremony can be held day after tomorrow,” Abhishek Manu Singhvi in hearing of plea filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision
03:22 AM: “Where is the letter of the Governor in which he invited BJP to form the government,” three-judge bench asked petitioner’s lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi while hearing the petition filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision
03:20 AM: You want us to scrutinise discretion of Governor but you don’t have the letter that was given to Guv which forms the basis for inviting BJP, SC tells Singhvi
03:17 AM: Abhishek Singhvi says under Constitution immunity is given to Guv only for discharge of duties.
03:10 AM: The general trend of past SC judgement is not to issue injunction to Governor or to retrain Guv, says apex court bench
03:00 AM: We are wondering whether SC can restrain Guv that might lead to constitutional vacuum in state, SC bench observes.
02:56 AM: Who is in-charge today in Karnataka, says Supreme Court. Singhvi says the caretaker government.
02:55 AM: SC questions whether the can apex court restrain Governor from inviting a party to form govt. Abhiskhek Singhvi replies and says that the SC has done the same in the past, according to PTI
02:50 AM: Governor negated democracy by not calling Cong-JD(S) combine commanding majority in Karnataka, says Abhishek Singhvi to SC
02:45 AM: It is biggest license to poaching if Guv gives 15 days to BJP to prove majority; in earlier such cases 48 hrs given by SC, says Singhvi to the apex court
02:40 AM: SC asks is it not convention that single largest gets invited by Guv to form govt and prove majority.
02:35 AM: It’s unheard that a party is given 15 days time to prove its majority from 104 to the magical number(112). Giving permission to form the govt to someone who is having 104 seats as compared to the other group that is having 116, is adding insult to injury, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi
02:20 AM: Court may pass an order declaring order of Governor inviting BS Yeddyurappa to form govt as unconstitutional & quash the same,or, pass direction to Guv to invite alliance of INC & JD(S) which has support of more than 112 MLAs to form govt:Congress & JD(S) in plea to SC
02:10 AM: Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for Congress & JD(S), Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta for Union govt & former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi for BJP, in hearing of the petition filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision
02:05 AM: Karnataka govt formation: Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi to represent BJP and B S Yeddyurappa; ASG Tushar Mehta to appear for Centre.
02:00 AM: Congress has contended that despite the alliance having 115 MLAs they have not been invited by the Governor to form the government and said the “Governor has shamed his office” by inviting the BJP to form the government
01:55 AM: Guv has discretion to call largest party & he has done so. If single largest party won’t be able to form govt,other party will be called. In case of Goa elections,single largest party Congress had not presented its side, that’s the difference, says ASG Tushar Mehta
Guv has discretion to call largest party & he has done so. If single largest party won’t be able to form govt,other party will be called. In case of Goa elections,single largest party Congress had not presented its side, that’s the difference: Mukul Rohatgi #KarnatakaElection pic.twitter.com/jNd4iqksjN
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
01:50 AM: Former A-G, Mukul Rohatgi on his way to the Supreme Court says “Congress doesn’t have the numbers”
01:45 AM: The joint petition by the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) seeks a stay on the oath-taking ceremony, as communicated by the governor to the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa.
01:40 AM: The Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has constituted a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan to hear the matter in court number six.
01:35 AM: ASG Tushar Mehta to defend Union, as reported by Times Now.
1:30 AM: Three-judge bench of Justice AK Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice SA Bobde to hear Congress & JD(S) petition challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision at 1:45 am.
1:25 AM: Irrespective of merits, sc finds sufficient urgency to list at 145 pm. Shows system works irrespective if merits in getting large wheels to move at v short notice wo regard to technicalities, tweets Abhishek Singhvi
Irrespective of merits, sc finds sufficient urgency to list at 145 pm. Shows system works irrespective if merits in getting large wheels to move at v short notice wo regard to technicalities
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) May 16, 2018
01:20 AM: The matter will be heard by a 3-Judge Bench
01:15 AM: Irrespective of merits, very gracious of SC to fix hearing at 145 pm at ct no 2. Shows justice never sleeps & accessibility is 24×7, where merits so demand. Which apex court in world allows such accessibility?, says Abhishek Singhvi
Irrespective of merits, very gracious of SC to fix hearing at 145 pm at ct no 2. Shows justice never sleeps & accessibility is 24×7, where merits so demand. Which apex court in world allows such accessibility?
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) May 16, 2018
01:05 AM: Supreme Court to hear the petition of Congress and JD(S) at 01:45 AM at court number 2, according to TV reports.
01: 00 AM: Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap says, “Governor’s decision can’t be challenged. As far as the question of which party has the majority is concerned, it can be proven only on the floor of the house, not at the Raj Bhavan or by submitting any list”
#WATCH Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap says, “Governor’s decision can’t be challenged. As far as the question of which party has the majority is concerned, it can be proven only on the floor of the house, not at the Raj Bhavan or by submitting any list” #KarnatakaElections pic.twitter.com/lw87hvGSBG
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
12:50 AM: It depends on Governor’s discretion. Constitution provides them complete power to appoint anyone the CM, but Guv is expected to choose the person, who in their judgement, is in a situation to gain majority in the assembly, says Subhash Kashyap, a Constitutional expert.
12:35 AM: Supreme Court Registrar arrives at the residence of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, with the petition filed by Congress and JD(S) over swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister tomorrow (May 17).
Supreme Court Registrar arrives at the residence of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, with the petition filed by Congress and JD(S) over swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa as #Karnataka Chief Minister tomorrow pic.twitter.com/QRIVkLknB2
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
12:25 AM: “Definitely, we have. You will see it,” said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on being asked if BJP has the number of MLAs to prove majority. This statement was made by the minister as he arrived at the residence of BS Yeddyurappa.
12:10 AM: BJP has 104 seats,how will they prove majority on floor, even if they get some independent MLAs?Only way out is to bring Cong & JD(S) MLAs with them,either by using muscle power or buying MLAs. We have filed a petition urging Guv to give us a chanc, says Javed, lawyer,JD(S) & Congress as quoted by ANI.
12:01 AM: Congress moves Supreme Court, seeks midnight hearing; two petitions filed in apex court, according to a report in India Today.
11:35 PM: Security has been deployed at the residence of BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, ahead of his swearing-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
11:15 PM: JD(S)’ HD Kumaraswamy arrives at Eagleton Resort in Bengaluru where Congress and JD(S) MLAs are staying
10: 45 pm: “We will use all legal & constitutional rights available to us. Hum janta ki adaalat mein jaayenge,” said Randeep Surjewala, Congress in Delhi on Karnataka Governor inviting BJP to form govt.
10: 35 pm: The Congress today lambasted Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala for inviting BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state, accusing him of acting like a “BJP puppet” and allowing the saffron party to “manufacture” a majority in 15 days. Congress leader P Chidambaram also alleged that the Governor has given Yeddyurappa 15 days time to “convert” the number of 104 legislators to 111.
10: 31 pm: Abhishek Singhvi told PTI that the Congress party has sought hearing in Supreme Court tonight on its petition against the Karnataka Governor’s decision.
10: 25 pm: Reacting to Karnataka Governor’s invite to BJP to form government, HD Kumarasway from JD(S) said, “By giving 15 days time (to prove majority) Governor is encouraging horse-trading by BJP leaders, this is unconstitutional. We will discuss the future plan.”
10: 15 pm: Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala addressed the media in Delhi and questioned BJP president Amit Shah on Karnataka Guv inviting BJP to form govt. He asked, “We want to ask Amit Shah ji that if two parties cannot come together in post poll coalition, then how did you form govts in Goa & Manipur by superseding single largest party? Guv has shamed his office.”
10: 10 pm: BJP Karnataka apologized for mentioning the wrong time in earlier tweet.
Sorry, we had got the time wrong in our earlier tweet. And yes, we know it’s tough for you & your ilk to swallow this, but the swearing in ceremony is 30 mins earlier.
And please give your lecture on saving democracy to those who are trying to subvert the people’s mandate. https://t.co/ZkVelNlaUe
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 16, 2018
9: 59 pm: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while addressing the press conference in Delhi said, ” The party that blew up the constitution to shambles is teaching us the constitution, the party that imposed President rule the most number of times is giving us lessons.”
9: 50 pm: BJP leader Murlidhar Rao was quoted by ANI as saying, “Tomorrow BS Yeddyurappa will be taking oath (as CM of Karnataka) alone, after proving majority cabinet will be sworn in.”
9: 36 pm: Karnataka Governor’s letter inviting BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form government.
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
9: 34 pm: BJP leader Basavaraj Bomma confirmed ANI that the Governor has invited BS Yeddyurappa to form govt, official communication has been received, Guv gave 15 days to prove majority, oath to take place at 9 am tomorrow.
9: 15 pm: Multiple media reports claim that Yeddyurappa has been invited by Governor of Karnataka to form the government.
9: 10 pm: The tweet announcing BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka, tomorrow was deleted from Karnataka BJP’s Twitter account.
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
9: 00 pm: BJP Karnataka in-charge Prakash Javadekar shows victory symbol on being asked if Governor has sent a letter inviting BJP to form the government.
Bengaluru: BJP Karnataka in-charge Prakash Javadekar shows victory symbol on being asked if Governor has sent a letter inviting BJP to form government pic.twitter.com/Ti9boR1Hwj
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
8: 57 pm: Congress MLAs arrive at Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru.
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
8: 55 pm: JD (S)’ HD Kumaraswamy said, “Where are you taking this country, one wonders ? Someone was offered Rs 3 Cr, someone Rs 5 Cr & someone Rs 100 Cr, anybody walking on the road has a price?”
8: 45 pm: Meanwhile Congress said that the Karnataka Governor should not resort to a perilous path and that he must invite JD(S)-Congress to form govt. In addition to this, the party was quoted by PTI as saying that law declared by Supreme Court binding on all; Karnataka Governor should not act illegally.
8: 19 pm: After BS Yeddyurappa was invited by the Governor, Congress leader P Chidambaram was quoted by ANI as saying, “Congress & JD(S) clearly establish majority yet Governor hasn’t taken decision to invite Shri Kumaraswamy to form govt. We heard Guv may have invited BS Yeddyurappa but since it is not confirmed we are proceeding on basis that Guv has not decided to invite anyone.” He further said, “Governor holds an exalted constitutional office, he shouldn’t walk on a perilous path which is illegal,he’s bound by SC judgement,bound to invite leader of alliance which is presented to him as an alliance that commands maturity of members in legislative assembly.” He added, “What is standing in way of the Governor from extending invitation to leader of the alliance (HD Kumaraswamy), who clearly demonstrated that he commands the support of the majority?”
8: 07 pm: BJP MLA BS Yeddyurappa may take oath as Karnataka CM on May 17 at 9: 30 am, says Times Now quoting sources.
7: 55 pm: Ashok Gehlot at KPCC, Bengaluru said, “Hotel or wherever we go, MLAs will stay together and discuss things. Congress is compelled to keep its MLAs together because of the horse-trading going on.”
Hotel or wherever we go, MLAs will stay together and discuss things. Congress is compelled to keep its MLAs together because of the horse-trading going on: Ashok Gehlot at KPCC, Bengaluru #KarnatakaElectionResults2018 pic.twitter.com/EuyyyYqVLz
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
7: 30 pm: Congress MLAs leave from Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office.
7: 15 pm: K. B. Koliwad, Outgoing Karnataka Assembly Speaker, and Congress leader while speaking on Siddaramaiah said, “He thinks he is the boss of the party, the party has suffered because of his arrogant behaviour. He is not a true Congressman. Many people have this view of him but don’t express it.”
6: 55 pm: BJP has 104, Congress-JDS may have majority to form the govt, politics in the state has become dirty. The way power is being misused to put pressure on MLAs, use of ED, I-T &other agencies&allegations of Rs 100 Cr, all this has become a face of our democracy globally: Sanjay Raut
6.41 pm: ANI reports, BJP MPs Shobha Karandlaje, GM Siddeshwara and PC Mohan have written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh stating, “we have every reason to believe that Karnataka govt is misusing its power and tapping our mobile phones. This is clear violation of our fundamental right to privacy.”
6.02 pm: “Governor has assured that he will take action as per the Constitution. We have full faith in him that he will not do injustice. We have our numbers, not even a single member has moved out. We will not allow any such thing to happen,” ANI quotes DK Shivakumar of Congress as saying.
5.50 pm: “We have submitted the necessary documents which show that we have the numbers required to form the government. He (Governor of Karnataka) promised he will consider according to the Constitution,” says HD Kumaraswamy.
5.46 pm: A delegation of Congress, JD(S) leaders have met the Governor of Karnataka to stake their claim to form a government in the state. The Governor told the delegation that he would consult legal experts before arriving at a decision.
4.41 pm: Congress MLAs to leave for Raj Bhavan from Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office.
4.27 pm: Vajubhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka, is in the focus after Karnataka elections 2018 has resulted in a hung assembly. The Constitutional functionary has a distinguished career in the politics. Before becoming the Governor he was among the top BJP leaders in the state of Gujarat. As the ball now in his court, what decision he takes will decide the fate of the Karnataka politics.
3.50 pm: JD(S) and Congress will meet Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala at 5 pm.
3.39 pm: If Congress-JD(S) are not invited by the Governor then the MLAs will sit on a ‘dharna’ outside Raj Bhawan from tomorrow. MPs may also join them, ANI reports sources as saying.
3.27 pm: ANI quotes Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad as saying: “Since 12-12.30 pm we are seeking an appointment with Governor so they can handover our two letters, one of legislator party of Congress, another of legislator party of JD(S). We haven’t received any message from Governor so far. We are waiting eagerly.”
“Stealing of MLAs shouldn’t be allowed. No Guv can go against Constitution. We can’t tell you whom we’ll approach & whom not. At this juncture we’ve complete faith in Guv that he’ll go by Constitution & not party politics.”
2.27 pm: Should Governor invite BJP first? Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said on Tuesday that Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala should give the BJP the first chance to form the new government in the state since it was the single-largest party in the new house. “The BJP should be called first. They are the single largest party (in the new Assembly),” Chatterjee told a television channel here.
2.00 pm: BJP reacts on Kumarawamy’s remarks: “They are leveling baseless charges against BJP. Poaching&horse trading is not done by BJP, Congress is famous for it. Their own MLAs are not happy with their alliance. Rs 100 crore figure is not only imaginary but it is what Congress-JDS do politics through. We are going by rules,we have submitted our claim to the Governor, are confident of forming the government,” ANI quotes Prakash Javadekar, Karnataka BJP In-charge, as saying on HD Kumaraswamy’s horse-trading allegations.
1.24 pm: Will Karnataka election result impact Modi in 2019 General Elections? Karnataka has 28 Lok Sabha seats (21 general, 5 seats reserved for SC category, 2 are for ST). According to Indian Express report, BJP will be able to win paltry six Lok Sabha constituencies if Congress and JD(S) form a pre-poll alliance. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP had won 17 seats and made gains on 132 assembly segments, according to reports.
1.21 pm: Trouble for BJP? Congress says it will go to Supreme Court if the Governor invites BJP to form the government.
1.09 pm: R Shankar, MLA from Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party (KPJP) seen with BJP delegation at Governor House in Bengaluru. Shankar has pledged support to the BJP, as per reports.
12.51 pm: Final seat share of BJP, Congress, JD(S) and others. All eyes now on the Governor.
12.42 pm: Kumaraswamy explains why he has aligned with the Congress:
“Forget ‘Operation Kamal’ being successful, there are people who are ready to leave BJP&come with us. If you try to poach one from ours, we’ll do the same & take double from you. I’m also telling the Governor to not take any decision which encourages horse-trading: HD Kumaraswamy
“I have been offered from both sides. I am not saying this loosely. There’s a black spot on my father’s career because of my decision to go with the BJP in 2004 & 2005. So God has given me an opportunity to remove this black spot. So I am going with the Congress.”
12.26 pm: Shocking allegation! In a press conference, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy alleges BJP offering Rs 100 crore and Cabinet berths to his party’s MLAs. “JD(S) MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore each. Where is this black money coming from? They are supposedly the servers of poor people and they are offering money today. Where are the income tax officials?,” ANI reports Kumaraswamy as saying.
12.21 pm: India’s equities, rupee and bonds posted modest gains Monday as exit polls signaled that majority may prove elusive for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party in elections in a key southern state. Majority seen eluding Modi in Karnataka elections; this is how Sensex, Nifty will react post results
12.19 pm: Congress has got the highest number of votes, BJP is second in terms of seat-share. Here is Karnataka final seat share of BJP, Congress, JD(S) and other parties:
11.56 am: “The party has chosen me. I have given the letter to the Governor and he will call me, that is what I am hoping. He told me that he will take an appropriate decision. I’ll inform you after I receive letter from Governor,” ANI reports BS Yeddyurappa as saying after meeting the Governor.
11.48 am: TV reports claim sources as saying that as many as 12 JD(S) MLAs are in touch with the BJP. Will the JD(S) split? The question looms large even as Yeddyurappa asserts he will be the CM of Karnataka.
11.40 am: While the fate of the Karnataka Assembly now lies at the discretion of the Governor, here is how the scenario may unfold if the Congress-JD(S) alliance does get the Governor’s call to form the government and prove majority. From ‘kingmaker’ to king: The significance of Janata Dal (Secular) in a hung Karnataka assembly
11.31 am: Congress leader makes counter-claim. Says all Congress leaders are together and in fact six BJP leaders are in touch with his party. NA Harris of the Congress says: “We have to protect the verdict of the people. They (BJP) are doing bad politics. We don’t have to stoop down to their level. We are 118 in number, we don’t want anyone. Nobody has called me to the resort.”
11.22 am: Karnataka Congress Party leaders allege BJP is trying to “poach” their MLAs in an attempt to establish majority to form the government.
11.16 am: ANI reports that JD(S)’ MLAs Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda are missing from the JD(S) legislative party meeting, which is going on in a hotel in Bengaluru.
There is no end to political drama in Karnataka yet. The political atmosphere in Karnataka is getting more tense, with claims of horse-trading being floated by parties. A day after BJP failed to secure a majority of its own despite finishing as the single largest party in the state, BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa has claimed he will take oath as chief minister on Thursday (May 17). Yeddyurappa’s claim comes even as Congress and JD(S) have decided to come together to form the government. Reports suggest that backroom action is in full swing in Karnataka with many opposition leaders, not happy with Congress-JD(S) alliance, in talks with the BJP. More updates are to follow.
CM hopeful HD Kumaraswamy says “BJP’s Ashwamedha Yatra started in North, the horses have been stopped in Karnataka. This verdict is to stop the Ashwamedha Yatra.” He adds that if BJP takes his MLAs, he will take away more of BJP MLAs.