The political battle in Karnataka intensified on Wednesday with both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress-JD-S coalition trying to form the government after the southern state gave a fractured mandate in the Assembly elections.
The BJP emerged as the single largest party in a hung house, whereas the Congress won 78 seats to remain second. The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) was number three with 38 seats.
However, the twist in the Karnataka tale came when the Congress joined hands with the JD-S and staked claim to form the government in a bid to keep the BJP out of power.
The BJP, being the single largest party, cried foul and went to the Governor to stake claim to form the government. With two sets of contenders staking claims to form the government in the state, the ball was now in Governor Vajubhai Vala’s court.
# 03:39 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
# 03:35 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
# 03:35 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
# 02:38 AM: Congress, JD(S) Coalition have been formed after the poll results and BJP is the largest party: Supreme Court
# 02:34 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: Abhishek Manu Singhvi
# 02:31 AM: BJP has just 104 MLAs in support and the Governor has invited BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to form the government. It is completely unconstitutional: Abhishek Manu Singhvi in hearing of plea filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor's decision
# 02:30 AM: Y'day, Congress legislature party passed a resolution supporting JD(S). HD Kumaraswamy submitted 37 MLAs signatures to the Governor, supporting Congress: Abhishek Manu Singhvi in hearing of plea filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor's decision
# 02:25 AM: We have 117 MLAs, so how will the BJP prove its majority?: Abhishek Manu Singhvi
# 02:22 AM: Whenever there is a coalition majority, they have been invited to form the government despite having a largest party: Abhishek Manu Singvi
# 02:20 AM: Attorney General KK Venugopal reaches the Supreme Court
# 02: 15 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
# 02:00 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
# 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: Mukul Rohatgi
# 01:48 AM: Assistant Solicitor General Tushar Mehta representing the Union.
# 01:45 AM: Supreme Court begins hearing petition by Congress, JD(S) challenging the swearing-in of BJP's BS Yeddyurappa
# 01:30 AM: Irrespective of merits, very gracious of SC to fix hearing at 145 pm at ct no 2. Shows justice never sleeps & accessibility is 24x7, where merits so demand. Which apex court in world allows such accessibility? - Abhishek Singhvi
# 12:08 PM: 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 chance: Javed, lawyer, JD(S) & Congress
# 11:45 PM: The Congress-JDS petition has just got filed before the SC Registrar in SC. After examining the petition for defects, Registrar will go to meet CJI Dipak Misra, as a Master of roaster CJI alone has power to set up a bench, subject to availability of SC judges, at midnight.
# 11:35 PM: JD(S)' HD Kumaraswamy arrives at Eagleton Resort in Bengaluru where Congress and JD(S) MLAs are staying.
# 11:29 PM: Bengaluru: Security deployed at the residence of BJP's BS Yeddyurappa, ahead of his swearing-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow
# 10:50 PM: The Congress has approached Supreme Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra for an urgent hearing over Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala inviting BJP legislative party leader BS Yeddyurappa to form goverment.
# 10:35 PM: People's goodwill, people's votes both are on BJP's favour. The Congress party is trying to rob the mandate. In Karnataka, we'll run a majority government and we will run it by the blessings of public: Ravi Shankar Prasad
# 10:30 PM: We will use all legal & constitutional rights available to us. Hum janta ki adaalat mein jaayenge: Randeep Surjewala, Congress
# 10:20 PM: 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: HD Kumarasway, JD(S) on Karnataka Governor's invite to BJP to form government
# 10:10 PM: 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: Randeep Surjewala, Cong in Delhi
# 9:52 PM: 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: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Delhi
# 9:50 PM: Tomorrow BS Yeddyurappa will be taking oath (as CM of Karnataka) alone, after proving majority cabinet will be sworn in: Murlidhar Rao, BJP
# 9:40 PM: Karnataka Governor's letter inviting BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to form government.
# 9:35 PM : 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: Basavaraj Bommai, BJP
# 8:57 PM: BJP deletes a tweet soon after claiming that BS Yeddyurappa will take oath as CM of Karnataka on Thursday.
# 8:45 PM: 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: P.Chidambaram
# 8:40 PM: 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: P Chidambaram
# 08:35 PM: Congress & JD(S) clearly establish majority yet Governor hasn't taken decision to invite Shri Kumaraswamy to form govt. We heard Governor may have invited BS Yeddyurappa but since it is not confirmed we are proceeding on basis that Governor has not decided to invite anyone: P Chidambaram
# 08:30 PM: Governor has officially invited BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in Karnataka. Yeddyurappa to take oath at 09:30 am on Thursday, as per sources.
# 06:00 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 not even a single member has moved out. We will not allow any such thing to happen: DK Shivakumar, Congress
#05:40 PM: JDS workers protest against BJP outside Governor house in Bengaluru
#04:50 PM: Bengaluru: HD Kumaraswamy leads delegation to Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala
Bengaluru: HD Kumaraswamy leads delegation to Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala pic.twitter.com/V37JgYIG6I— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
# 04:30 PM: Bengaluru: Congress MLAs to leave for Raj Bhavan from Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office
#03:30 PM: Governor can't go against Constitution: Stealing of MLAs shouldn't be allowed. No Governor 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: Ghulam Nabi Azad
#03:15 PM: Congress-JD-S waiting for Governor's call: Since 12-12.30 pm we are seeking an appointment with Governor so they can handover our two letters, 1 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: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress
#02:40 PM: Since 12-12.30 pm we are seeking an appointment with Governor so they can handover our two letters, 1 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: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress
#02:30 PM: Signatures of JDS and Congress MLAs being taken in support of HD Kumaraswamy. The document will be submitted to the Governor later today.
#02:15 PM: No question of asking for anything (on reports that he wants to be Deputy CM). Our priority right now is to have a secular government. All the 78 MLAs are together: DK Shivkumar, Congress.
No question of asking for anything (on reports that he wants to be Deputy CM). Our priority right now is to have a secular government. All the 78 MLAs are together: DK Shivkumar, Congress. #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/60UjGcurEm— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
#01:55 PM: 100 crore figure imaginary: "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 govt," Prakash Javadekar said.
#01:54 PM: Poaching charges false, BJP hits back: 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: Prakash Javadekar
#01:25 PM: Kumaraswamy denies meeting Javadekar: "This is a bogus news. No Javadekar, no BJP leader has met me till now," he said.
#01:10 PM: Committed Congressperson, MLA tells BJP: "They (BJP) keep on calling but we don't bother about it. I have clearly asked them not to call me. I am a committed Congressperson.They have been doing this from long time. This is their job," says TD Rajegowda, Congress MLA
#12:40 PM: Going with Congress to remove black spot from my father's career: "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 the opportunity to remove this black spot. So I am going with Congress," says Kumaraswamy.
#12:35 PM: BJP offering Rs 100 crore to JD-S MLAs: HD Kumaraswamy, while addressing a press conference, alleged that BJP was offering Rs 100 crore each to JD-S MLAs. "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?" he asked.
#11:45 AM: BSY hopes for Governor's call to form a government: "The party has chosen me. I have given the letter to the Governor & 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 a letter from Governor," says BS Yeddyurappa.
#11:15 AM: Yeddyurappa heads to Raj Bhavan: BS Yeddyurappa has been elected as BJP's legislative party leader. He is now heading to Governor's house to stake claim to form the government.
#11:05 AM: BREAKING NEWS: 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.
#10: 45 AM: Congress claims BJP poaching MLAs: They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs, we know that. Every day there is a lot of pressure. But it not so easy because two parties have the necessary number. People are watching this: DK Shivakumar, Congress
#10:38 AM: BJP to stake claim today: During the legislature party meeting the leader will be elected. From there we will go to Raj Bhavan immediately. We will claim to form the govt. Most probably we will ask the Governor to give us time tomorrow: BS Yeddyurappa, BJP
During the legislature party meeting the leader will be elected. From there we will go to Raj Bhavan immediately. We will claim to form the govt. Most probably we will ask the Governor to give us time tomorrow: BS Yeddyurappa, BJP #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/jYywOtFSG9— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
#10:35 AM: Won't allow Congress backdoor entry: People want BJP govt & we will make it. Anyone can create unnatural tensions, but people of Karnataka are with us. After meeting, we will take necessary steps. This attempt made by Congress to make a backdoor entry is not appreciated: Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister
# 10:30 AM: JD-S won't switch sides: We have already decided to go with Congress. That's the reason we called Janta Dal (Secular) Legislature Party meeting. There is no question of taking any other decision: HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S)
#10:20 AM: BJP trying horse trading? I got a call from the BJP leaders. They said come to us & we'll give a ministry to you. We'll make you a minister. But, I'm going to stay here. HD Kumaraswamy is our Chief Minister: Amaregouda Linganagouda Patil Bayyapur, Congress
I got a call from the BJP leaders. They said come to us & we'll give a ministry to you. We'll make you a minister. But, I'm going to stay here. HD Kumaraswamy is our Chief Minister: Amaregouda Linganagouda Patil Bayyapur, Congress. #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/BIJYZHV7P7— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
#10:10 AM: BJP 100 per cent sure of forming the government: There is no doubt we will form govt, 100% we'll do that. Wait and watch. Results came out only yesterday. It has been only a day. See what can happen in Karnataka in a day: KS Eshwarappa , BJP
There is no doubt we will form govt, 100% we'll do that. Wait and watch. Results came out only yesterday. It has been only a day. See what can happen in Karnataka in a day: KS Eshwarappa , BJP #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/X5IDtvkat5— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
#10:05 AM: Congress lawmakers to meet shortly: The Congress will hold a party legislative meeting shortly in Bengaluru. MLAs are arriving at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office. Earlier there were reports that there is a rift between Congress MLAs. However, Siddaramaiah, who resigned as chief minister last evening, said, "All the Congress MLAs are intact. Nobody is missing. We are confident of forming the government."
Bengaluru: All India Congress Committee General Secretary & MP, KC Venugopal and other Congress MLAs arriving at Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office for party legislative meting. #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/95fHQla0Yc— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
#09:55 AM: Who says what (BJP): Being the single largest party Governor should invite us to form the government. I am going to be elected as party leader at 10:30 am in BJP legislative party meeting. After that all MLAs are going to meet the Governor to request him to allow BJP to form govt. Now the ball is in the court of the Governor. We will do as he decides," says BS Yeddyurappa.
#09:50 AM: Who says what (Congress): "We expect Karnataka governor to invite JD (S)-Cong coalition which has a clear majority to form the government in the state. As per constitutional and legal provisions, the governor has no option but to invite the coalition," says Congress's Randeep Surjewala.
#09:40 AM: Who stands where in the number game: The Congress won 78 seats and the JD-S has 38 seats. So the coalition now has 78+38= 116 seats. The magical number required to form a government is 112. So Congress-JD-S coalition has enough numbers to form a stable government. The BJP, which is the single largest party has 104 seats. The party is at least 8 seats short of the majority.
# 09:30 AM: Hello and welcome to the News Nation Live Updates on Karnataka Election results. The Karnataka battle has become more interesting after the state gave a fractured mandate. With the BJP being the single largest party in a hung house, everybody was hoping that BS Yeddyurappa will return to power after seven years. However, a twist came in the tale of Yeddyurappa and the Congress extended its support to the JD-S in a bid to keep the BJP out of power. Both the BJP and the Congress-JD-S coalition staked claims to form a government in the state and now the ball is in Governor's court. Stick with us for all the live action and latest updates on Karnataka CM race.