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After marathon midnight hearing, Supreme Court says no stay on Yeddyurappa swearing in
  • 22:35 (IST)

    BJP can't use two rules for one game, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

  • 22:33 (IST)

    Congress playing dangerous politics, says Prakash Javadekar

    "The Congress party is playing the politics of fear as they have kept their MLAs captive in a resort. Their mobile phones have been taken away from them and they are not even allowed to watch news or contact their families. They have been completely cut off from the world. This is not resort politics, this is a very dangerous form of politics," BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar said. 

  • 22:27 (IST)

    Congress confirms MLAs being shifted out of Karnataka, refuses to divulge details

    Amid rising speculation that whether the Congress and JD(S) were planning to move their MLAs out of Karnataka, Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy confirmed that the MLAs indeed would be moved out of Bengaluru tonight. 

    "We will be shifted today. We will tell you more details later. JD(S) MLAs are not coming along. The place has not been decided yet," Reddy said.  

  • 22:24 (IST)

    Can prove majority tomorrow if given a chance, says Tejashwi Yadav

    Tejashwi Yadav, who has sharpened up the attack against the BJP in Bihar, told CNN-News18 that he was confident of proving a majority, if given a chance of floor test tomorrow. He said that several ruling parties' MLAs were upset with the government and may vote for the Mahagathbandhan, while several others have already defected from BJP or JD(S) and joined the RJD. 

    "I have got an appointment with the governor at 1 pm tomorrow and I’ll be going with Congress supporters as well. We will provide the letter of support to governor and stake a claim to form the government," he said. 

  • 22:18 (IST)

    Governor of Goa made a mistake in 2017 which needs correction, says Congress

    Goa Congress chief Chella Kumar, speaking to ANI said that in the Constitution similar rules were laid out for both Goa and Karnataka. "Though governor committed a mistake in 2017, she has the chance to rectify it now. We're confident. Governor has given us time for 11.30 am tomorrow. I'll go with MLAs to meet her and stake our claim to form government," Kumar said. 

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    21:48 (IST)

    Amid fears of poaching, horse trading, JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda dials up Rahul Gandhi

    National president of JD(S) HD Deve Gowda had a telephonic conversation with Congress President Rahul Gandhi over the current political situation in the state of Karnataka, ANI reported. 

  • 21:44 (IST)

    On first day as CM, BSY shakes up top bureaucracy, rejigs police force

    The newly sworn-in Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa is busy reshuffling the state's top bureaucracy, even as the Opposition Congress called him one-day CM.

    Yeddyurappa appointed M Lakshminarayana, who was the additional chief secretary of public works department, as the additional chief secretary to the chief minister, while making his position equivalent to the additional chief secretary in the home department.

    communique from Raj Bhavan appointed Prabhuling K Navadgi as the new Advocate General for the state of Karnataka in place of Madhusudan R Naik, who has resigned from the post.

    Moreover, the top reshuffle included the transfers of senior police officers and the additional chief secretary to the chief minister. Bengaluru's ADG (Railways) AK Pandey was posted as ADG (Intelligence). S Patil, DIG (Karnataka State Reserve Police) was posted as DIG (Intelligence). Bidar SP D Devaraja was posted as Deputy Commissioner, Bengaluru (Central Division). SP (ACB) Bengaluru S Girish was posted as Deputy Commissioner Bengaluru (NE Division), ANI reported. 

  • 20:19 (IST)

    Congress says decision on shifting MLAs outside Bengaluru not yet taken

    "We are not leaving now. There is a meeting at 7.30 pm after that we will decide," said ST Somashekhar of Congress on a question if party MLAs are being shifted from Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru to some other place. 

  • 20:01 (IST)

    Everything BJP did in Karnataka was by the rule book, claims Prakash Javadekar

    "Whatever BJP has done in Karnataka is in accordance with the rule book. Congress is ill informed and 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. JD(S) and Congress are scared after being exposed," Union minister Prakash Javadekar said. 

  • 19:57 (IST)

    The rise of Yeddyurappa as BJP's mascot in south India 

    The rise of Yeddyurappa, 75, to the top executive post from the ranks of being an ordinary activist in the right-wing Hindu organisation -- Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has been anything but smooth, as controversies dogged him throughout his five-decade-old political career.

    When fortune favoured him to become the Chief Minister for the first time in October 2007 in the BJP-Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) coalition government, he lasted in the post for over a month, as the regional party (JD-S) withdrew support, resulting in its fall in November 2007.

    Yeddyurappa became Chief Minister for the second time after the BJP came to power for the first time in south India on its own in the May 2008 mid-term assembly election, riding on a sympathy wave over the JD-S betrayal.

  • 19:49 (IST)

    Congress to knock on President's door? DK Shivakumar says his party keeping all options open

    Speaking to CNN-News18, DK Shivakumar said, "We will seek time from the President if need be. We have all the angles of this situation covered and we are exploring all options."

    On the issue of BSY withdrawing security from Eagleton Resort, Shivakumar said "We are not complaining about that. It is their responsibility but if they want we can give them security." He, however, refused to disclose details of the party's plan to move Congress MLAs out of Bengaluru. 

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    19:32 (IST)

    Horse-trading not always monetary, writes BJP's Tuhin Sinha

    "In the same way as infidelity in a relationship is not always physical, horse-trading in politics is not always monetary... Theoretically, the BJP could offer the Deputy chief minister's post to someone in the JD(S) who can break away from the party with a third of the MLAs, in addition to a central Ministry. The alternate possibility is that 8-9 Lingayat MLAs cutting across the Congress and the JD(S) could resign of their own volition and be rewarded later. Or in a worst case scenario, we might fail the floor test. In any case, democracy will still be the winner as the full process will be carried out," Sinha writes

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    19:29 (IST)

    Karnataka governor's decision to invite BS Yeddyurappa to form government is correct: BJP's Tuhin Sinha

    The Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite BS Yeddyurappa to form the Karnataka government has raised a storm, what with the Congress moving the Supreme Court and calling it the murder of democracy, Sinha writes. 

    "The precedents which really matter in the present situation are those of the successive Lok Sabha verdicts of 1989, 1991 and 1996.

    In 1989, the Congress party was the single largest party with 192 seats, whereas a pre-poll alliance of JD-Left parties and the BJP was way ahead. The President invited the latter to form the government. In 1991, the Congress party secured 244 seats, well short of a majority. Yet, in the absence of a pre-poll alliance, it formed the government and relied on issue-based support from the Left and other parties," he wrote in an article in Firstpost 

  • 19:11 (IST)

    Congress, JD(S) will protect its MLAs, says HD Kumaraswamy 


    Former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday said they will protect all the Congress and Janata Dal(Secular) (JDS) MLAs to prevent any poaching ahead of the trust vote in the Assembly.

    "Congress and JD(S) will protect all their MLAs in Karnataka," Kumaraswamy told the media in Bengaluru. Kumaraswamy said that the JD(S) will give security to its MLAs in the state. "We have to protect them and all 37 MLAs of the JD(S) are with me," he said, adding that he was keeping an eye on the moves of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

    Slamming Yeddyurappa, Kumaraswamy said: "He has ordered the transfer of four IPS officers. He has not proved majority in the house yet?" he asked. —IANS

  • 19:07 (IST)

    Security removed from Eagleton Resort, Congress moving MLAs to Kochi 

    Police forces stationed outside Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru have been removed, ANI reported. The Congress claims that MLAs had been lodged there to "provide security to the elected representatives."

    CNN-News18 reports that Congress is now moving the Congress and JD(S) MLAs to Kochi. 

  • 19:00 (IST)

    Congress-JD(S) move SC against Karnataka governor's alleged move to nominate an Anglo-Indian member to the Karnataka Assembly

    The Congress-JD(S) combine on Friday moved the Supreme Court against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's alleged move to nominate an Anglo-Indian member to the Assembly, saying it should not be done till the floor test in the House.

    The interim application, filed this afternoon, is likely to be heard on Friday along with the main petition of the combine on which the apex court in the wee hours today refused to stay the swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa as the chief minister of the state.

    In a fresh plea, the Congress-JD(S) has sought a direction that the nomination of the Anglo-Indian member by the governor, if done, should be set aside till Yeddyurappa undergoes the floor test in the House to prove majority. —PTI

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    18:51 (IST)

    If what BJP did in Karnataka is right, then they must accept what they did in Bihar was wrong: Tejashwi Yadav 

    "Would like to know from the BJP and Bihar chief minister (Nitish Kumar) if the invitation to the single-largest party in Karnataka is right, or is insulting public's mandate in Bihar by making post-poll alliance was right," RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav asked. "If what they did in Karnataka is right, then they must accept what they did in Bihar was wrong," he added. 

    Yadav also said to CNN-News18 that if he gets the opportunity on Friday, RJD will clear the floor test. 

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    18:46 (IST)

    Amarinder Singh says Karnataka governor subverted Constitution by inviting BJP to form govt in state

    Labelling Vala a 'RSS Governor,' Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said democratic polity of India had been massacred to serve the desire and will of Vala's political masters in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

    "It was shocking the way the governor had given time to the BJP to break the Opposition and resort to horse-trading. (But) What else do you expect from an RSS governor," he told the media. He described the entire episode as "unfortunate", and said the developments in the last 24 hours were extremely dangerous for the country.

    "We do not want India to become like Pakistan, where democracy is subverted by dictators and the army every step of the way," he said.

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    18:43 (IST)

    CPM says Karnataka result proves Congress cannot counter BJP-RSS 'politically, ideologically or organisationally'

    Calling the Karnataka defeat "a big blow" to the Congress, the CPM has said that the electoral outcome showed the Congress inability to counter the BJP and RSS "politically, ideologically and organisationally".

    "Karnataka was the only state with a Congress government in the South (if Union territory Puducherry is discounted)," said an editorial in the CPM journal "People's Democracy".

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  • 18:29 (IST)

    BS Yeddyurappa withdraws security of Eagleton Resort hours after taking oath; Congress cries foul

    According to Congress leaders, BS Yeddyurappa has ordered to withdraw security from outside Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru where Congress MLAs are lodged, hours after taking oath as chief minister. 

    The Congress has opposed the move calling it cheap politics. "This is not the system. Irrespective of whose government it is, it is their duty to provide protection, provide security to the elected representatives," KH Muniyappa of the Congress said. 

    Meanwhile, CNN-News18 reported that the Congress is mulling to move its flock either to Left-ruled Kerala or Congress-ruled Punjab. 

  • 18:23 (IST)

    Meanwhile in Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa visits Siddaganga Mutt and meets Sri Shivakumara Swami in Tumakuru

  • 18:13 (IST)

    Meghalaya Congress leader Mukul Sangma also seeks time with guv tomorrow 

    Former Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma has also sought time from the governor of the state for a meeting tomorrow. It is unclear whether the Raj Bhavan has granted him an appointment yet. 

  • 18:05 (IST)

    Now Okram Ibobi to meet governor in Manipur, will demand dismissal of coalition govt

    Former Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh will meet Manipur governor on Friday and stake claim to re-form the government on the basis of single largest party theory propelled by the BJP. He was the third in line after Goa Congress and RJD in Bihar to do so since Thursday morning.  

  • 17:56 (IST)

    BJP's largest party theory triggers Domino effect as Opposition leaders in Bihar, Goa, Manipur stake claim

    The BJP's argument to justify its government in Karnataka seems to have triggered a domino effect in other parts of the country as well. Using the Karnataka incident. The latest in line was Manipur Congress leader Okrom Ibobi Singh, who like in Goa, was trumped by the BJP, which formed a post-poll alliance, despite emerging as the single largest party.  

    Goa Congress is also going to meet the governor tomorrow with a similar claim, wheras Congress ally RJD is sharpening attack in Bihar simultaneously. Claiming that he had double the right to form government, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav confirmed that he will meet the governor in Bihar tomorrow and demand dismissal of Nitish Kumar government.

  • 17:42 (IST)

    Police arrests Congress, JD(S) workers protesting in Mandya; RAF deployed

    Congress and JD(S) workers held massive protests in Mandya district on Thursday after BS Yeddyurappa's swearin-in. Former minister MS Atmananda was also seen among the large number of protestors. Following the unplanned protests, the police arrested the protestors in Mandya and Rapid Action Force was deployed to stop any untoward incident. 

    Input by Deena D'Silva/101Reporters

  • 17:37 (IST)

    BS Yeddyurappa addressing party workers after taking oath 

  • 17:34 (IST)

    Opposition sharpens attack against BJP, Tejashwi Yadav appeals to regional parties to unite against BJP

    Tejashwi Yadav has appealed to the leaders of non- NDA parties to rally up against the murder of democracy in Karnataka. He urged the NDA allies to part ways with 'dictator' BJP. Tejashwi also said that he is ready to take the fight to the roads of Bengaluru and protest in Karnataka. 

    "Karnataka south me nahi balki bharat me hai. Hum to agar zarurat padi to jake Bengaluru ki sadko pe bhi dharna dene ko taiyar hain. Baat ye hai ya to Karnataka me jo BJP vale kiye hain vo galat hai ya jo Bihar me kiye the vo galath tha. Agar Karnataka sahi hai to fir Bihar sahi nahi ho sakta," Tejashwi said. 

  • 17:26 (IST)

    Will meet Governor tomorrow at 1 pm, confirms Tejashwi; says Nitish Kumar giovt should be dismissed

    "Party has decided that we will meet the governor at 1 pm tomorrow and demand that like BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, was called to form the government, similarly the current govt here be dissolved and the single largest party, RJD, be invited to form the governmeny," Tejashwi said. 

  • 17:23 (IST)

    Tejashwi Yadav slams BJP, calls Amit Shah master of horse trading

    "When all the MLAs are accounted for in the Assembly... When all Congress and JD(S) MLAs have signed in support of their leader, you tell me where will the BJP get remaining MLAs from. It is a clear case of horse trading and Amit Shah is master of this game. Otherwise what other magic or mathematical formula does the party hold and why are they so secretive about it," Tejashwi asked. 

  • 17:17 (IST)

    By BJP's rule book, RJD has doubly-enforced right on power in Bihar, says Tejashwi Yadav

    "Looking at what happened in Karnataka, I want to ask when the people of Bihar mandated BJP to stay away from power, why did it take a backdoor entry to grab power," Tejashwi asked. 

    He said that by BJP's own rule book, his own party has a doubly-enforced right on power because it was not only the single-largest party but also the majority pre-poll alliance. 

  • 17:04 (IST)

    AICC urges Congress workers to launch nation-wide dharnas to protest 'murder of democracy' in Karnataka 

  • 17:03 (IST)

    Don't need 15 days to prove majority, want to do it asap, says BS Yeddyurappa 

    "I don't need 15 days to prove my majority... I am keen to do it as soon as possible," yeddyurappa told the party workers in Bengaluru. Yeddyurappa also appealed to the legislators to vote according to their "conscience" and uphold the people's mandate. 

  • 16:54 (IST)

    BS Yeddyurappa thanks BJP leaders for support after swearing-in

    BS Yeddyurappa addresssed the BJP workers after taking oath of office. He thanked all the BJP leaders and party workers for their support. He said he doesn't need 15 days to prove majority. He also said that all those leaders who did not do well in the elections should not worry as he will ensure that their respect is maintained and that nobody will be sidelined. 

  • 16:47 (IST)

    PM Modi tweeted Karnataka governor destroying federal structure: Congress brings back old tweet, says we agree

  • 16:45 (IST)

    Third MLA from Congress-JD(S) camp goes missing in Karnataka

    According to CNN-News18, now three Congress MLAs have gone missing from the Eagleton Resort, where they have all flocked up to prevent poaching. The news channel reported that the Conress MLAs were made to mark their attendance and a high-level meeting is underway to chart out the strategy. 

    Meanwhile, an earlier report by NDTV had also claimed that while two Congress MLAs Anand Singh and Pratapgouda Patil had gone missing while a third Independent MLA was at flight risk. 

  • 16:35 (IST)

    BS Yeddyurappa at party's Bengaluru office to address workers

    Meanwhile, BS Yeddyurappa has reached the party's Bengaluru office and he will address the party workers there. Speaking on the occasion party leader Ananth Kumar Hegde praised Yeddyurappa as a messiah of the farmers as he thanked the party cadres and national leadership for their support. 

  • 16:32 (IST)

    BS Yeddyurappa a lame-duck CM, says RS Surjewala

    Speaking to the press, Congress spokesperson Surjewala said BS Yeddyurappa is a lame-duck CM whose reign will last only one day, half of which is already over. He said that the naked dance of politics orchestrated by the BJP will not succeed as he asked the media to wait and watch. 

  • 16:29 (IST)

    Congress addresses media in Delhi, says Vajubhai Vala compromised Constitution for BJP

    "Vajubhai Vala had sacrificed his seat for Narendra Modi earlier. Yesterday, he sacrificed Constitution and democracy for him. He conducted 1st encounter of Constitution yesterday when he invited BJP to form govt. Today when he swore-in BS Yeddyurappa, he conducted its 2nd encounter," RS Surjewala said. 

  • 16:14 (IST)

    Congress opens battle on all fronts: Goa like parade to happen in Bihar, Manipur and Meghalaya

    The governor's decision to invite single-largest party to form a minority government in Karnataka has unravelled a political slugfest in several other states. Following the Karnataka precedent, single-largest parties in Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya and Goa are demanding be given a shot at forming the government. 

    Speaking to reporters, Tejashwi Yadav of the RJD said, "We would be holding a 1-day dharna tomorrow against the murder of democracy in Karnataka. We also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka invite the single largest party, which in Bihar is the RJD," Tejashwi Yadav said. 

  • 16:02 (IST)

    By symbolic parade of Goa MLAs, Congress also sending message to BJP allies in Parrikar's absence

    The Goa Congress is unlikely to achieve anything by parading its MLAs before governor one year after the Goa government formation. What the party instead seeks to achieve is to expose BJP's so called double standards in dealing with Goa and Karanataka election results. It will also hope to send a message across to the BJP allies, who had gathered to support the saffron party under Manohar Parrikar's leadership. But now, with Parrikar ailing and absent from field, the party will try to woo the Goa Forward Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party to destabalise coallition BJP government. 

  • 15:55 (IST)

    Post BSY's swearing-in, Goa Congress to parade MLAs before Raj Bhavan

    In an effort to corner BJP in its own game, the Goa Congress has now decided to belatedly parade its 16 MLAs before the Raj Bhavan to demand why a Karnataka-like process was not followed in Goa if the same is being used to prop up a minority BJP government in Karnataka. 

    Congress Goa in-charge Chella Kumar will leave for Goa today and he with other party leaders will meet the governor tomorrow raising their demands.

  • 15:39 (IST)

    Don't want to discuss sub-judice matter: BS Yeddyurappa on Congress plea in SC

    BS Yeddyurappa, when asked to comment on the Congress party's plea in the Supreme Court against his swearing-in ceremony, remained tight-lipped. He said that a matter which is sub-judice shouldn't be discussed. "I don't want to comment on a matter that is in Supreme Court," Yeddyurappa told reporters. 

  • 15:33 (IST)

    CM will definitely prove his majority in the House: BJP

    BJP leader DS Veeraiah said that the chief minister will definitely prove his majority on the floor of the House.

    Refusing to divulge details of BJP strategy, he said that the chief minister has called upon all legislators cutting across party lines to extend conscious vote during confidence motion. Veeraiah further said that officials in finance department have been asked to work out the amount and other modalities needed for waiving of loans.

    Input by Ranganathan Krishnaswamy/101Reporters

  • 15:20 (IST)

    Modi misused the office of governor in Karnataka: MK Stalin

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Two Congress MLAs go missing, Congress fears poaching

    Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil are the Congress MLAs who are missing from the resort they were staying at.

    Congress sources also told CNN-News18 that Anand Singh was close to BJP.

  • Yeddyurappa's loan waiver googly may or may not hit the wicket

    Shortly after taking oath, Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa announced a farm loan waiver that he said will benefit one lakh farmers in the southern state.

    In Karnataka, where agriculture is one of the mainstays of the economy, the announcement would have appeased even Congress and JD(S) supporting farmers as the term ‘farm loan waiver’ carries an evergreen charm that none can contest.

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  • 14:28 (IST)

    Congress should have approached SC before results, if they were sincere about JD(S) alliance

    Though the JD(S) and Congress claim to be on the job of securing their legislators, it appears some are "missing". So what do they do? Midnight drama. Them approaching the Supreme Court could have waited till morning, or it should have been done on the 12 May itself. If they were really sincere about forming the government with JD(S), they could have filed a petition in the Supreme Court long before the results or on counting day, asking the court to clarify what is the preferred sequence of options a governor has to follow with respect to the single largest party, a pre-poll alliance or a post-poll combine.

    The question was, since the post-poll alliance was considered as the option by two governors in the recent past, should it be taken as the prime precedent in case of a hung Assembly. It is a legitimate issue that merits clarification from the court. Such a move would have tied the governor's hands. He would have had no option but to forward the issue to the president or wait for a Supreme Court clarification. The apex court has kept everyone’s hopes alive: the Congress’, JD(S)’, BJP’s.

    Input from VV Padmanabha Sharma

  • 14:25 (IST)

    Unless BJP buys loyalty of 12 MLAs, Yeddyurappa will have to choose between having a BJP speaker, or remaining a CM

    In case Yeddyurappa has persuaded the MLAs and is desperate to have a BJP person as a speaker, he will have to show his hand - that is the persuaded MLAs will have to vote for his choice for speaker. But then, the Congress and JD(S) would know who the Judas' are. What if they counter-“purchase” the trust even some of them before the floor test? Then Yeddyurappa has a problem.


    Unless the BJP buys the "loyalty" and fealty of the 12 MLAs, Yeddyurappa will have to choose between a BJP speaker or himself remaining as chief minister. If the Congress and JD(S) were so intent on stopping Yeddyurappa from becoming chief minister, they should have better protected their MLAs from poaching by the BJP. That’s all. That would have ended the game on floor test day.

    Input from VV Padmanabha Sharma

  • 14:22 (IST)

    Yeddyurappa's first test: Elect a Speaker

    But we are becoming mired in conventions and traditions, aren't we? The dilemma before Yeddyurappa in case BJP's persuaders get 12 MLAs: The first test for him is the election of the speaker of the Assembly. He does not have the numbers, even if the governor, thought he did, strangely enough.

    Input from VV Padmanabha Sharma

  • 14:21 (IST)

    Can BS Yeddyurappa hold a one-man Cabinet meeting?

    Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa waives farmers' loans. How did he do that? He called a cabinet meeting. Who attended it? Only him. Why? Because there are no ministers. Is a quorum required? The secretariat manual does not talk of a quorum, but a tradition or convention is that majority of the ministers has to be present. (On 10 February, a cabinet meeting of Kerala to take some major decisions was not held because only six of the 19 ministers were present.)

    What is the strength of the council of ministers in Karnataka? The Constitution (91st Amendment) Act, 2003, which limits the size of all ministries in India, stipulates that the strength of a council of ministers should not exceed 15 per cent of the total number of members in the Lok Sabha (in case of the central government) or the relevant state assembly. With 224 members, Karnataka should have 33.6 ministers. Assuming half of them are cabinet rank, there should be 15.

    Input from VV Padmanabha Sharma

Karnataka Election Result 2018 LIVE updates: The BJP has tweeted yet again that BS Yeddyurappa will take the oath of office tomorrow at 9.00 am. The party claims that the governor has officially invited it to form a government.

Over twenty four hours after the Karnataka verdict came out, there is still no clarity over what is happening in the state. After an election that threw up a hung House, news channels are reporting that the governor has picked BJP at 104 to form government despite JD(S) and Congress parading 117 MLAs. However, Raj Bhawan has refused to corroborate and the BJP too seems to have jumped the gun, which has retracted a tweet claiming that BSY will take oath of office tomorrow.

The action is back in Bengalurur's Raj Bhavan as most news channels speculate that the governor may invite BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to form the government tonight. Reports also claimed that the governor reached to the conclusion after consulting several legal experts including former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi. BJP sources further claimed that Yeddyurappa is all set to take oath tomorrow afternoon at 12.20 pm, a timing arrived at after due consultations from astrologers, news reports said.

The elected leader of JD(S), Congress alliance HD Kumaraswamy met the governor at his residence in Bengaluru. He said that he has submitted letters of support from 117 MLAs to the governor as he hoped that he will go by the Constitution. Kumaraswamy also said that the governor has assured him that he is consulting legal experts on the issue and will convey his decision to both parties.

Political allegations are flying thick and fast as intense jockeying happens in Karnataka to grab power. In a latest, BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje alleged that phones of senior BJP leaders are being tapped. They claimed that the outgoing Congress government is misusing the state machinery to snoop into their conversations.

The JD(S) and Congress MLAs are being moved to the Eagleton resort in the outskirts of Bengaluru until a formal decision from the Rajya Sabha comes. The legislators are being kept incommunicado to ensure they are not influenced or lured by the BJP. HD Kumaraswamy leads delegation to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at 5 pm.

According to various media reports, the Raj Bhawan is likely to formally invite BS Yeddyurappa to form a government at 6pm. Raj Bhawan sources told CNN-News18 that the governor is going by the Constitutional interpretation that the single largest party must first be given a chance.

Following claims of BJP trying to poach MLAs, Congress and JD(S) have both asked their MLAs to sign a letter of support in favour of HD Kumaraswamy. Speaking to reporters, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that they are still waiting for an appointment from the Raj Bhawan.

HD Kumaraswamy is set to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan shortly. He has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of offering Rs 100 crore and cabinet posts to some Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs today. The JD(S) accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of offering Rs 100 crore and cabinet posts to some Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs today. He also condemned PM Narendra Modi for saying the BJP will rule Karnataka even without the requisite numbers. Just a short while ago, BS Yeddyurappa submitted the papers of his election as BJP Legislature Party leader to Governor Vajubhai Vala and said the Governor has promised to take “appropriate decision”. The Congress is also holding a meeting with its MLAs and has readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts. All eyes are on who the Karnataka Governor will invite to form the government in the southern state.

Kumaraswamy has been elected the House leader in JD(S) Legislature Party meeting. Addressing a press briefing, he says the BJP got 104 seats by “dividing secular votes”. He has condemned PM Narendra Modi for saying the BJP will rule Karnataka even without the requisite numbers. Just a short while ago, BS Yeddyurappa submitted the papers of his election as BJP Legislature Party leader to Governor Vajubhai Vala and said the Governor has promised to take “appropriate decision”. The Congress is also holding a meeting with its MLAs and has readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts. All eyes are on who the Karnataka Governor will invite to form the government in the southern state.

BS Yeddyurappa has submitted the papers of his election as BJP Legislature Party leader to Governor Vajubhai Vala. Addressing the media while leaving the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, Yeddyurappa said the Governor has promised to take “appropriate decision”. The Congress and JD(S) are also holding meetings with their respective MLAs and have readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts and have alleged attempts by the BJP to poach at least five MLAs. All eyes are on who the Karnataka Governor will invite to form the government in the southern state.

BS Yeddyurappa has reached the Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala and to stake claim to form the Karnataka government. He was elected the House leader at BJP’s Legislature Party meeting in Bengaluru a short while ago. Yeddyurappa will reportedly seek time to be sworn-in as CM tomorrow. The Congress and JD(S) are also holding meetings with their respective MLAs and have readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts and have alleged attempts by the BJP to poach at least five MLAs. All eyes are on who the Karnataka Governor will invite to form the government in the southern state.

BJP's pre-poll chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa is confident of defeating the Congress-JD(S) alliance, telling media outlets that he will take oath as the next Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Union minister and Karnataka campaign in-charge Prakash Javadekar called the Congress and JD(S) alliance a "marriage of convenience". "People of Karnataka have rejected the Congress. Their attempts to come to power through backdoor means is not appreciated by the people. It (JDS-Congress alliance) is a marriage of convenience," he said.

According to CNN-News18, Congress president spoke to Ghulam Nabi Azad and asked him to put up a full fight. The Congress, reportedly, will make it a legal fight if Governor Vajubhai Vala calls the BJP first.

Congress leader DK Shivakumar confirmed there was a plan to move the MLAs to a resort after the legislative party meeting. "Entire country is looking at this. Yes, there is a plan to shift MLAs to a resort. We have to safeguard our MLAs," he said.

Congress MLA DK Shivakumar told reporters on Tuesday that the BJP was trying to poach the party MLAs. "They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs, we know that," he said.

Speaking to ANI, senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa said the party will definitely form the government in Karnataka. "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," he said.

The BJP high-command has reportedly asked the Reddy brothers to mobilise MLAs in view of the possibility of a trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly. Janardhana Reddy, along with B Sreeramulu, is said to be in touch with JD(S) and Congress MLAs, reported News18.

According to CNN-News18, the JD(S) legislative party meeting is set to take place at around 9-9.30 am at the hotel. The Congress is likely to hold a meeting at 8:30 am and later meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bahavan. Meanwhile, the governor's office is tight lipped about who he will meet on Tuesday.

After quite an eventful counting day on Tuesday, the focus will now shift to Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala over who he will invite to form the next government. Both Yeddyurappa and Kumaraswamy (Congress-JDS combine) met the governor on Tuesday evening, claiming their stakes to form the new government.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah said: "I have called for a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday). Newly elected Congress and JD(S) MLAs will be there. We are supporting JD(S) to form government and have sent this resolution to the governor. The Supreme Court said after Goa election that the group having more seats than required are invited. We have 117 seats."

As much as the Congress asserted that they would form government on their own, doubts crept into their mind on voting day, after exit polls predicted BJP getting more seats. It was then, three days ago, when the party dialed up JD(S) spokesperson Danish Ali, reported NDTV. Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, was at the other end of the line. The two leaders met in Delhi and discussed the various outcomes and possibilities.

The BJP legislative party meeting is set to take place at 10.30 am on Wednesday. "I am going to be elected as party leader. After that all MLAs are going to meet the Governor to request him to allow BJP to form government. Now the ball is in the court of the Governor. We will do as he decides," declared the saffron party's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa.

The results of Karnataka Assembly polls must have come as a disappointment for the Congress and its ambitions for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, but it can take some solace from the fact that it was, at least for the moment, able to deny the Bharatiya Janata Party an outright victory in the crucial southern state.

A four-member delegation of BJP leaders led by state unit President BS Yeddyurappa meet Governor Vajubhai Vala. Image courtesy: BJP

A four-member delegation of BJP leaders led by state unit President BS Yeddyurappa meet Governor Vajubhai Vala. Image courtesy: BJP

Learning from their past mistakes, the Congress on Tuesday moved swiftly to remain in the game as it extended support to JD(S) to form a government in Karnataka after the BJP failed to get a simple majority.

The move is seen as an attempt by the Congress to save yet another state from slipping out of its grasp. The Congress currently rules Punjab, Mizoram and Puducherry.

Unlike in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya, where the Congress failed to form its government despite being the single largest party, it quickly forged a post-poll alliance with the JD(S) in Karnataka and offered its support to the Deve Gowda outfit.

The attempt is also a bid to salvage its position in Karnataka, where the party's tally fell from 122 in 2013 to 78 and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah lost from one of the two seats he contested.

The move will also help bolster the party's attempt to remain centre stage of a larger Opposition alliance against the Narendra Modi juggernaut in its bid to defeat the BJP.

On the other hand, the BJP may have fallen short of the majority mark in Karnataka, but its emergence as the single largest party — 0leaving the Congress far behind — reaffirmed its dominant position on the country's political map.

The saffron show in Karnataka will give a fresh impetus to the party's bid to expand its footprints in southern states especially Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, before the next Lok Sabha polls.

However, with both the Congress-JD(S) combine and the BJP deciding to stake claim before the governor to form the government, it was not clear if Karnataka would become the latest state to turn saffron.

With inputs from agencies


Updated Date: May 17, 2018 22:35 PM

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