Bharatiya Janata Party’s BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, even as his party was short of simple majority. However, Congress and Janata Dal-Secular remain unrelenting and protested strongly.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday invited Yeddyurappa, the legislative leader of the single largest party, to form the government.
Despite emerging as the single largest party, the BJP fell short of the majority in the Karnataka Assembly elections and the Governor has given 15 days time to Yeddyurappa to prove majority on the floor of Assembly.
However, the Congress, which tied up with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) to keep the BJP out of power cried foul and moved the Supreme Court against the “encounter of Constitution”. In a rare post-midnight hearing, the Supreme Court refused to stay BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as the state chief minister.
# 09:45 PM: We have not yet decided where to go. Today late night we will decide where we have to go. There were several suggestions, one of them is to hold a protest in front of the Rashtrapati Bhavan: HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S)
# 09:29 PM: All MLAs are in Bengaluru. BJP is accusing us of forgery while they are the ones who have done it. We have full faith in the Supreme Court. It will not repeat the same mistake as the Governor: Ghulam Nabi Azad
# 09:25 PM: We will be shifted today. We will tell you more later. JD(S) MLAs are not coming along. The place has not been decided yet: Ramalinga Reddy, Congress
# 09:20 PM: BJP can't use 2 rules for 1 game. BJP, Central govt & their governors have been exposed in front of the nation. It should be the duty of central govt to protect the constitution & democracy but it's unfortunate that we have to protect these from the central govt: Ghulam Nabi Azad
# 08:50 PM: I condemn horse trading, in general, as it's bad for all. We always respect democratic institutions. Problem is today somebody may come in power & tomorrow he may not be in power but if we violate the constitution, it's going to have an adverse effect on us: WB CM Mamata Banerjee
# 08:40 PM: In constitution there's no separate rule for Goa & K'taka. Though Guv committed mistake in 2017 she has chance to rectify it now. We're confident. Guv has given time for 11.30 am tomorrow. I'll go with MLAs to meet her & stake our claim to form govt: Chella Kumar, Goa in-charge
# 08:20 PM: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala appoints Prabhuling K Navadgi as the Advocate General for the state of Karnataka in place of Madhusudan R Naik, who has resigned from the post.
# 07:55 PM: BJP people are doing horse-trading. This is unethical and against the principles of democracy. No MLA will yield to their demand: Siddaramaiah, Congress
Delhi: Congress leaders held a prayer meeting at Raj Ghat this evening in protest against #Karnataka Governor for inviting BS Yeddyurappa to form govt there. (earlier visuals) pic.twitter.com/6cOE6AxscC— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
# 07:50 PM: It's our responsibility to give security to our MLAs. I'm really surprised to see how Yeddyurappa is behaving. After taking oath he has already transferred 4 IPS officers. BJP's movement is laughable. All 38 MLAs are with me: HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S)
# 07:45 PM: Those unemployed are looking for work. From time to time they keep looking for work like this. They've still not recovered from their loss. It's nonsense. We had proved majority in Bihar, why are they doing this after 8 months?: Mangal Pandey,BJP on RJD meeting Bihar Guv tomorrow
# 07:30 PM: We're seeking appointment from Guv for tomorrow. We were single largest party&had immediately met Guv after results were announced but we weren't invited to form govt. Based on recent developments, if BJP can be given chance to form govt, why not us?: OI Singh, Former Manipur CM
# 07:20 PM: Whatever BJP's done in Karnataka is in accordance with rule book. Congress is ill informed & as a result is making these funny claims. They don't have faith on their MLAs as they have held them captive in a resort. JDS & Congress are scared after being exposed: Prakash Javadekar
# 07:15 PM: How will BJP prove majority? Amit Shah has only one formula, horse-trading or sending agencies like CBI & ED behind MLAs of other parties. It's dictatorship by BJP. If we aren't united today then it was Bihar y'day, Karnataka today, can be MP or Rajasthan tomorrow: Tejashwi Yadav
# 07:15 PM: Party has decided that we'll meet Guv at 1 pm tomorrow & demand that like BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, was called to form the govt, similarly the current govt here be dissolved & the single largest party, RJD, be invited to form the govt: Tejashwi Yadav, RJD
# 07:10 PM: All India Congress Committee General Secy Ashok Gehlot issues letter requesting all Pradesh Congress Committees, leaders & workers to organise state-wide dharnas at state capitals&dist HQs tomorrow to protest against K'taka Guv for inviting BS Yedurappa for making govt in K'taka. pic.twitter.com/5dCrttZZyp
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
# 07:00 PM: Usually, people go to court to seek justice, but this is the first time in history that 4 senior judges of Supreme Court had to come out in open & request people for help as govt isn't letting them work: Rahul Gandhi, Congress in Bilaspur
# 06:20 PM: This is not the system. Irrespective of whose govt it is, it is their duty to provide protection, provide security to the elected representatives: KH Muniyappa, Congress on security withdrawn from outside Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru where Congress MLAs are lodged pic.twitter.com/k0eLZmVwfW
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
# 06:15 PM: Former Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh & former Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma have sought time from respective Governors of the state for a meeting tomorrow
Former Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh & former Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma have sought time from respective Governors of the state for a meeting tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/M3xunbU8Vf— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
# 04:30 PM: Karnataka CM BS Yedyurappa addresses the media in Bengaluru
#11:10 AM: Bengaluru: JD-S' HD Deve Gowda joins Congress protest at Vidhan Soudha, against BS Yeddyurappa sworn-in as CM of Karnataka.
#11:05 AM: No democracy left in India: 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, democracy is being killed, but when there is no democracy left in the country, how will it get murdered: Shiv Sena
#10:50 AM: BJP threatening MLAs: Modi govt is misusing institutions of central govt. I know they are threatening MLAs. Anand Singh (Cong MLA) told 'they are using ED, I had a case in ED & they are going to screw me. I'm sorry I have to protect my interests,' another Cong MLA who spoke to Singh told me, says Kumaraswamy.
#10: 30 AM: Congress indulging in nefarious activities: BS Yeddyurappa has become Karnataka CM third time. I have confidence that he will provide a stable and 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, says BJP leader Ananth Kumar.
#09:45 AM: Congress holds a protest at Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Vidhan Soudha, against BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as CM of #Karnataka. GN Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal and Siddaramaiah present.
Bengaluru: Congress holds protest at Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Vidhan Soudha, against BS Yeddyurappa's swearing in as CM of #Karnataka. GN Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal and Siddaramaiah present. pic.twitter.com/16BYIQfJ9D— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
#09:35 AM: Bengaluru: Congress MLAs and leaders, including GN Azad, Ashok Gehlot and Siddaramaiah, gather at Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Vidhan Soudha to protest against BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as CM of Karnataka.
#09:33 AM: Yeddyurappa: From wrecker-in-chief of BJP to architect of its victory: Yeddyurappa, who had once broken away from the BJP in the 2013 general elections and ended up splitting the BJP vote and paved the way for Congress to return to power, was welcomed back into the BJP and entrusted with the job of conquering Karnataka, its gateway to South India..... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
#09:20 AM: While BJP celebrates, India mourns defeat of democracy: 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, says Rahul Gandhi
#09:02 AM: BJP's BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka Chief Minister
#08:55 AM: BS Yeddyurappa arrives at Raj Bhavan, to take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister shortly
#08:30 AM: WATCH Live from Bengaluru: Yeddyurappa's swearing-in ceremony
#08:15 AM: Who stands where in the number game: The Congress won 78 seats and the JD-S has 37 seats. So the coalition now has 78+37= 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.
#08:00 AM: The post-midnight drama: Congress filed a petition against Governor's invitation to Yeddyurappa and urged Chief Justice Dipak Misra to hold an urgent hearing. CJI Misra constituted a three-judge bench of Justice AK Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Gobde to hear the petition. The Congress-JD-S please said, "Court may pass an order declaring order of Governor inviting BS Yeddyurappa to form govt as unconstitutional and 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 gov." However, the apex court refused to stay the swearing-in ceremony of Yeddyurappa but said that it will be subject to outcome of writ petition filed by Congress & JD(S).