Karnataka Election Result 2018: SC fixes 10:30 am hearing for Congress-JDS challenge to KG Bopaiah appointment

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Karnataka Election Result 2018: SC fixes 10:30 am hearing for Congress-JDS challenge to KG Bopaiah appointment
  • 22:21 (IST)

    Latest in the week-long drama after the Karnataka elections

    Congress and JD(S) leaders have approached the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of MLA KG Bopaiah as pro-tem speaker for the floor test in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly scheduled for Saturday. A three judge Supreme Court bench will hear the application at 10:30 am Saturday in an unrelenting string of breakthroughs for the legal pushback from the Congress-JDS camp which claims it has the support of 118 MLAs. 

    Congress leaders are saying (and hoping) 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!”, writes P Chidambaram. 

     

  • 23:02 (IST)

    Congress-JDS petition listed for 10:30 am hearing

  • 22:58 (IST)

    Checking out from Taj Krishna, onward to Bengaluru

  • 22:49 (IST)

    Frenetic hotel hopping by politicos in Bengaluru before the big day

  • 22:25 (IST)

    Soundbite Central

  • 22:15 (IST)

    Congress-JDS ask for video recording arrangements during floor test 

  • 22:11 (IST)

    What the Congress-JDS petition says

  • 22:04 (IST)

    Another hearing at 10:30 am for Congress pushback against Bopaiah

  • 22:01 (IST)

    As the clock ticks, Congress-JDS raise stakes on multiple flanks 

  • 21:53 (IST)

    Grave and genuine concerns over appointment of pro tem Speaker: Congress-JDS

  • 21:51 (IST)

    Congress JDS on all out offensive against K G Bopiah

  • 21:45 (IST)

    Another midnight ride into town: From Bengaluru to Hyderabad and back again in 24 hours

  • 21:40 (IST)

    Congress-JDS number soup now at 118

  • 20:59 (IST)

    Siddaramaiah elected as the leader of Congress Legislative Party 

  • 20:50 (IST)

    Congress plea against pro tem speaker filed in SC, party seeks hearing tonight 
     

    Congress has submitted a plea requesting urgent hearing in the Supreme Court against the appointment of KG Bopaiah as pro tem speaker. The Supreme Court has not yet listed the matter for hearing, reported CNN-News18. 

  • 20:39 (IST)

    Heated arguments outside SC as Congress lawyers not allowed to enter court premises

    According to CNN-News18, junior lawyers from the Congress party are engaged in a heated argument with the registrar's staff and the Supreme Court guards after they were denied entry into the court. The report further said that the Congress party's lawyers were there to file an urgent petition over the appointment of KG Bopaiah as pro tem speaker in Karnataka. 

    According to India Today, The lawyers claimed that they were stopped from entering despite having an appointment. However, it is noteworthy here that the Supreme Court is on the summer break starting today. 

  • 20:24 (IST)

    Prakash Javadekar claims purported audio of Janardhan Reddy fake, handiwork of Congress

    "This audio CD is one of the handiworks of Congress' dirty tricks department. This is a fake CD: Prakash Javadekar on the audio, which was released by Congress, in which Janaradhana Reddy is allegedly trying to lure Congress MLA from Raichur Rural by offering him money," Javadekar said. 

  • 19:52 (IST)

    Yeddyurappa 101% sure, claims to have 'more majority than expected'

    "We are in the Shangri-La hotel for the legislature meeting. We have the majority. More than what we expected. Our workers are really happy. Of course they are with us, if the MLAs from Congress and JD(S) don't support us, how can we prove majority? We will win the floor test 101%. 

  • 19:41 (IST)

    Supreme Court order on floor test will dispel horse-trading speculations: Experts 

    Legal experts were today divided over the choice of the pro tem Speaker of the Karnataka assembly by the Governor, but were one on the Supreme Court's direction to conduct the floor test tomorrow, terming it reasonable and justified. 

     
    Senior advocates Rakesh Dwivedi, Ajit Sinha and Vikas Singh hailed the apex court's order and said the direction would help dispelling the speculations of "horse trading and poaching". 
     
     
    While Dwivedi  said the top court's order to conduct the floor test was "quite reasonable",  Sinha echoed similar views and said there was nothing wrong in the time limit granted by the apex court.
     
     
    Singh, who is also the Supreme Court Bar Association President, said the top court should have deferred the oath ceremony of B S Yeddyurappa at the first place but welcomed the decision to give the minimum time for the floor test. - PTI

  • 19:31 (IST)

    Congress MLAs leave from Hyderabad's Taj Krishna hotel 

  • 19:30 (IST)

    Ghulam Nabi Azad claims BJP approached 21 of its MLAs

    Speaking to India Today, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the BJP in desperation has reached out to as many as 21 of our MLAs but they will not succeed. He said that a party MLA has recorded G Janardhan Reddy's call while he was trying to persuade him to come to BJP. 

  • 19:25 (IST)

    Congress releases audio, claiming G Janardhan Reddy inducing their MLAs

  • 19:15 (IST)

    Congress claims G Janardhan Reddy offering bribes to MLAs, releases purported audio

    The Congress party has released audio clip in which Janaradhana Reddy is allegedly trying to lure Congress MLA from Raichur Rural by offering him money. Reddy can reportedly be heard saying that the MLAs from Raichur are welcome back if they bury the past and return. Reddy was apparently heard inducing the MLAs in the name his party chief (Amit Shah) and more than "100 times growth". 

    Firstpost could not independently verify the veracity of the purported audio clip. 

  • 18:39 (IST)

    Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala calls a special assembly session at 11 am tomorrow

  • 18:29 (IST)

    UP Congress leaders meet governor over developments in Karnataka

  • 18:10 (IST)

    BJP legislators likely to meet in Bengaluru at 9 pm

    According to various news reprots, BJP MLAs are likely to meet at the Shangri-La hotel in Bengaluru at around 9 pm to chalk out a strategy for tomorrow's floor test. The party claimed to have support of 111 MLAs, while only 104 MLAs won the elections on its ticket. 

  • 18:05 (IST)

    Cong MLA being kept in captivity by BJP, says Siddaramaiah

    The BJP has "abducted" and "kept in wrongful confinement" Karnataka Congress MLA Anand Singh by using the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Income Tax (I-T) department against him, the party alleged on the eve of the floor test for the Yeddyurappa government.

    "(BJP president) Amit Shah did the same kind of manipulation in all the states. They don't know the Constitution and the law. They don't know anything other than false propaganda," Siddaramaiah said.
     
     
    Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said Singh was in Delhi and would be with the party once he is "freed". "Singh is in Delhi. He is with us. Anand Singh is (at present) in captivity. Once he is free, he will be with us. He is being held hostage, but he is in touch," he said.
     
     
    On Pratap Gowda Patil, who is also reported to be "missing", Siddaramaiah said he was with them.

  • 18:02 (IST)

    Prakash Javadekar defends KG Bopaiah's appointment as pro tem speaker

  • 17:52 (IST)

    Congress exploring legal route on Bopaiah's appointment? Surjewala says all options open

    "We will be able to inform you in a short while. Yes, the option of going back to Court is open," Surjewala said upon being asked if Congress will challenge BJP MLA KG Bopaiah's appointment as pro tem Speaker. 

  • 17:32 (IST)

    Guv conducted encounter of Constitution third time: Surjewala

    "Governor Vajubhai Vala has once again launched an encounter on the Constitution by appointing KG Bopaiah as pro tem Speaker instead of the senior most MLA. This is the same man (Bopaiah) whose partisan conduct was even criticised by the honourable Supreme Court," Surjewala said. 

    He said that even the Supreme Court had remarked that "unless there was the intent that the trust vote does not go against the chief minister" there was no logical explanation of the Speaker's conduct. Surjewala said that it was the Supreme Court which had given stinging structures against Bopaiah. 

  • 17:28 (IST)

    All traditions of the constitution have been violated in selecting pro-tem speaker: Surjewala

    "In the current situation, RV Deshpande who is the senior most MLA in the Assembly, should have been appointed the pro tem speaker without any doubt. He may have been elected on a Congress ticket but at least his unbiasedness and his respect is intact, unlike Mr Bopaiah," Surjewala said.  

  • 17:25 (IST)

    Congress addresses press conference over KG Bopaiah's appointment

    "It is a well-laid out procedure that the senior-most MLA will be appointed as the pro tem speaker. However, when in a situation when the BJP is intent on abducting the democracy and keeping it captive, then it becomes all the more important that this procedure is followed," Congres spokesperson RS Surjewala said. 

  • 17:21 (IST)

    Watch: Siddaramaiah reaches Hyderabad to meet Congress MLAs

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    17:13 (IST)

    Supreme Court had criticised Bopaiah's conduct as Speaker in 2011

    "Extraneous considerations are writ large on the face of the order of the Speaker and the same has to be set aside," the Supreme Court said while quashing then Speaker KG Boapaiah's order to disqualify 11 BJP and 5 MLAs in 2010 as it was apprehended that they would support the no-trust motion against the then BS Yeddyurappa government. 

    "We are constrained to hold that the proceedings conducted by the Speaker on the disqualification application filed by Yeddyurappa do not meet the twin tests of natural justice and fair play," the apex court said.

  • 17:00 (IST)

    CM Office in Vidhan Soudha locked after Supreme Court order

    The Chief Minister's Office in Vidhan Soudha on the third floor has been locked by the officials after the Supreme Court ruled that no policy decisions should be taken by Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa before he proves his majority in the floor test. 

  • 16:38 (IST)

    BJP backs Bopaiah's appointment, says former guv appointed him 10 years ago too

    "KG Bopaiah was appointed as pro tem speaker even in 2008 by the then Governor. That time Bopaiah was 10 years younger than what he is today. Congress is thus raising hoax objection. The appointment of Bopaiah Ji is as per rules and regulations," BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar said defending Boapaiah's appointment. 

  • 16:35 (IST)

    Governor Vajubhai Vala appoints BJP's KG Boapaiah as pro tem speaker

  • 16:30 (IST)

    Senior most MLA RV Deshpande ignored by Governor Vala in appointing Pro Tem Speaker

    The Constitution does not define an eligibility criteria for a Pro Tem Speaker. However, a well established tradition has been that the senior-most MLA in the House has been nominated to swear-in MLAs and conduct a floor test, if needed. In the Karnataka Assembly, Congress' RV Deshpande is the senior most member in the House and has won elections eight out of the nine times that he has contested. However, KG Bopaiah, a three-time MLA and former Speaker of the Assembly has been appointed as the Pro Tem speaker. 

  • 16:20 (IST)

    KG Bopaiah served as Speaker from Nov 2009 to 2013

    KG Bopaiah, who was appointed by the governor to conduct a floor test, has been a three-time MLA. He was appointed Speaker on 17 November 2009 and he served till October 2013. 

    In 2011 he oversaw the floor test for BS Yeddyurappa government and had disqualified all MLAs who had rebelled against Yedyurappa. His decision was upheld by Karnataka HC but overturned by Supreme Court. The apex court had castigated him for "hastily" disqualifying 16 MLAs to enable BS Yedyurappa to win the trust vote in October 2011. 

    "Unless it was to ensure that the trust vote did not go against the CM, there was no conceivable reason for the Speaker to have taken up the disqualification application in such a great hurry," the Times of India had reported at the time, quoting the SC order.

  • 15:48 (IST)

    In another departure from trend, governor appoints BJP"s KG Bopaiah as Pro Tem speaker

    By convention, the Pro Tem Speaker is usually the senior most MLA in the House. However, Governor Vajubhai Vale has appointed BJP's KG Bopaiah, a three-time MLA, as the Pro Tem speaker. The Congress has objected to the governor's decision and said that the convention should have been followed.  

  • 15:37 (IST)

    With Congress-JD(S) and BJP vying for numbers, both groups eye RR Nagar and Jayanagar seats

    Even as all the three parties are struggling to form the government with no party having a simple majority on its own, the parties are eyeing the two assembly constituencies which are yet to go to the polls — Rajarajeshwarinagar and Jayanagar. Winning these constituencies will make a huge difference to the parties which are struggling to increase their numbers to inch closer to the simple majority figure of 112.

  • 15:33 (IST)

    Court shot down BJP's secret ballot request, Abhishek Manu Singhvi said  

    "We want to set down a few things in perspective. The BJP's lawyers pleaded in Supreme Court that more time should be given for the floor test. The court denied. They argued that a chief minister should not be barred from making decisions, but the apex court denied that as well. Then they wanted a secret ballot. Now any one who is smart will now why would anyone place such a demand. But Supreme Court denied that request as well," Singhvi said.

  • 15:27 (IST)

    Congress says historic hearing in SC today, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi

    In a counter to Sambit Patra's presser, Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the Supreme Court has delivered a historic verdict. ". First time a question has been raised on the role of governor and which party can he invite according to the constitutional provisions," Singhvi said. 

      

  • 15:03 (IST)

    Constitution cannot be altered to the whims of the Gandhis, says Sambit Patra

    "This is the real face of Congress. They want to selectively read the Constitution of India," Patra said. "Congress's selective approach won't work. The Constitution cannot be altered to the whims of the Gandhis," he added.

  • 14:59 (IST)

    Anticipating good show, Congress drafted plea for largest party to be invited, says BJP 

    "The Congress party has been exposed completely," Patra said. Citing a report in The Times of IndiaPatra claimed that initially, anticipating good show the Congress party had drafted a  petition to be filed in Supreme Court, requesting it to order that the single-largest party should be called for swearing-in. But they changed the plea when they say that they will have to do the same thing.

    "It seems they knew that Congress will be the single largest party & they had this doubt that BJP & JD(S) will come together to form the government," Patra said. 

  • 14:44 (IST)

    Congress murdering the mandate: Sambit Patra

    "Congress party is murdering the mandate. There is nothing larger than a mandate in a democracy," BJP Sambit Patra said. He also pointed out that it was the same Congress party which was hell bent on impeaching the CJI. "I am happy to see that the Congress party is finally showing respect for the Supreme Court. I hope a similar veneration is maintained in future too, and they don't change their stand from judgment to judgment," Patra said. 

  • 14:37 (IST)

    Siddaramaiah leaves for Hyderabad by special flight

    With the floor test hours away, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah left for Hyderabad on a special flight. He will escort the MLAs back to Bengaluru ahead of tomorrow's floor test. 

  • 14:02 (IST)

    Tejashwi Yadav and other alliance leaders met Bihar Governor Satyapal Malik, hand over letters stating that RJD is the single largest party and hence should be invited to form government

  • 13:59 (IST)

    Congress, JDS MLAs to leave from Hyderabad either this evening or tomorrow early morning, says JDS

    "Rs 100 crore or Rs 200 crore, our MLAs are with us. None of our members are going away. Today, evening or tomorrow early morning, we all are leaving for Bengaluru," JD(S) leader  GT Devegowda. 

  • 13:48 (IST)

    A Pro tem Speaker should be impartial: RV Deshpande

    The Governor appoints the senior-most legislator of the House as a Pro tem Speaker. Speaking to News18, RV Deshpande, who is the senior-most member of the Karnataka Assembly said, "Have not received any confirmation from Raj Bhavan whether I will be the pro tem Speaker tomorrow. Generally, the senior-most legislator is appointed as the Pro tem Speaker but since I have not been asked yet, so I cannot say anything."

    "House proceedings should be followed with decency. A Pro tem speaker should be impartial. I expect everyone will abide by the Supreme Court order," Deshpande further added. 


Karnataka Floor Test Tomorrow LATEST UPDATES: The Congress has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing once again after Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala appointed BJP's Virajpet MLA KG Bopaiah as the pro tem speaker. Congress has requested an urgent hearing of the matter but the CJI is yet to take a call on the matter.

Governor Vaju Bhai Vala has appointed KG Bopaiah of the BJP as the pro tem speaker to oversee the floor test. The Congress strongly objected to his appointment and said that the Supreme Court it self had criticised his 'partisan' conduct in the past during another floor test faced by the same chief minister.

Addressing a press conference, BJP's Sambit Patra said that anticipating good show, the Congress party had drafted a petition requesting SC to order that the single-largest party must be called. But when it figured that forging an alliance with JD(S) is the only way for it to come to power, it changed the case.

The Congress trained its guns on Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala on Friday for inviting BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in spite of the Congress-JD(S) combine “having the numbers”. "The governor is listening to Shah & Modi instead of following the Constitution. What the Governor did was a murder of democracy. Yeddyurappa had asked for seven days but Governor gave him 15 days to prove majority! It shows clear collusion with BJP," said Siddaramaiah.

Earlier, in a historic decision, the Supreme Court's three-judge bench ruled that the floor test, to prove majority, will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 4 pm in Karnataka's Vidhan Soudha. The Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Sikri, said that the Pro tem Speaker will decide the mode of the floor test. Further, the apex court ruled against secret ballot as suggested by KK Venugopal who was apppearing for BJP. The Supreme Court also ruled that the government shall not nominate the Anglo Indian Representative. And finally that the government cannot take any major policy decisions till the floor test is concluded.

The BJP and the Congress, both, showed confidence of winning the floor test. BJP's Karnataka unit tweeted: "Following SC's order for floor test tomorrow at 4 PM, we want to make one thing very clear. We are absolutely sure of our numbers and will decisively prove our majority on the floor of the house. If people's mandate has to be vindicated again, so be it. Bring it on!"

In a press briefing following the Supreme Court order, former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said, "Governor mustnt favour any party and any decision he takes shouldn't be biased. Bunch of us had gone to the Governor and told him that BJP doesn't have the numbers. Karnataka did not vote for BJP."

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by the Congress-JD(S) combine in Karnataka against the decision of Governor Vajubhai Vala to invite BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form the government. Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi produced the letter by Yeddyurappa to the governor. “I have the support of others and requisite majority,” reads BSY's letter.

Rohatgi said there was no need to name the MLAs supporting BJP. The SC told Rohatgi while Yeddyurappa’s letter didn't disclose names of MLAs, the other side gave letter signed by MLAs. “Ultimately it is the number game and the Governor needs to see which aide has the number,” the SC said. Rohatgi insisted that there was an “unholy alliance” between the Congress and the JD(S). Earlier, sources said the Congress and the JD(S), fearing their MLAs being poached by the BJP, moved their MLAs out of Karnataka on Thursday night. Sources said except two Congress MLA s all have gone to Hyderabad. All 38 JD(S) MLAs and two Independents are also in the city. Total 116 MLAs are there.

Fearing MLA poaching by the BJP, the Congress and JDS moved their MLAs out of Karnataka on Thursday night. The Congress MLAs were taken to Hyderabad and JD(S) members were shifted to Kochi on buses, sources said. Earlier, all MLAs were expected to board a chartered plane from Mysore or Bangalore to Cochin in Left-ruled Kerela, but the permission for the same was denied.

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy alleged that the DGCA had not permitted the flight to take off from Bengaluru. Meanwhile, in Delhi, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court will on Friday hear a petition filed by the Congress-JD(S) combine in Karnataka against the decision of Governor Vajubhai Vala to invite BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form the government.

The BJP, which won 104 seats, emerged as the single largest party in the state Assembly. During the high-voltage hearing, which lasted from 2.11 am to 5.28 am, the top court made it clear that the swearing-in and government formation would be subject to the final outcome of the case. The court directed the Centre to place before it two communications sent by Yeddyurappa to the Governor in which he had staked claim to form government, saying their perusal was necessary to decide the case. It issued notices to Karnataka government and Yeddyurappa seeking their replies on the plea filed by Congress-JD (S) combine and posted the matter for Friday.

BS Yeddyurappa was sworn-in as the chief minister of Karnataka after the Supreme Court refused to stay Governor's decision. However, the top court has kept it subject to the case’s outcome. Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to Yeddyurappa at the Raj Bhavan amid tight security. The beleaguered Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) leaders, however, protested against the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa and termed the governor's decision "unconstitutional".

File image of BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa. AP

File image of BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa. AP

"Constitutionally, we (JD(S) and Congress) should have been given the chance to form the government as we together have the majority in the Assembly. The governor's decision to invite the BJP to form the government is against the Constitution," state unit Congress chief G Parameshwara told reporters in Bengaluru.

Earlier, a three-judge bench of the apex court rejected a joint writ petition, filed by the Congress and the JD(S) on Wednesday night, to halt the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa as the chief minister at a special pre-dawn hearing. The top court, however, said the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa was subject to the final outcome of the matter before it and posted the case for further hearing at 10.30 am on Friday.

The bench, headed by Justice AK Sikri, also sought the letter Yeddyurappa wrote to the governor on Wednesday, informing him about his election as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party leader in Karnataka.

Vala on Wednesday night invited Yeddyurappa to form the government and prove within 15 days that he had a majority in the Legislative Assembly.

Although the BJP emerged as the single-largest party winning 104 seats in the 12 May assembly election, it fell short of eight seats from the 112-halfway mark in the Lower House, in which the Congress trailed behind with 78 wins and the regional JD(S) 37 seats.

This is the third time Yeddyurappa took oath as the state chief minister, a decade after he became the BJP's first chief minister in south India in May 2008 when the party came to power for the first time in the southern state. Among the Congress leaders who protested Yeddyurappa's swearing-in were the former chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah, party General Secretary KC Venugopal and senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. "Yeddyurappa first needs to furnish the list proving his majority in the House," Siddaramaiah told reporters.

JD(S) supremo and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda also joined the protest, while his son and JD(S) state president HD Kumaraswamy attacked the Modi government for "demolishing" democracy. "Modi government wants to demolish democracy by targeting the Opposition parties. Even when the JD(S) and the Congress together have the majority, we weren't invited by the governor to form the government," lamented Kumaraswamy, a former chief minister.

In a related development, the Congress and the JD(S) have lodged their newly-elected legislators at a resort on the city's outskirts, ostensibly to prevent them being poached by the BJP, which they alleged was indulging in "horse trading" to win over their MLAs. "We have a need to safeguard our MLAs from poaching by the BJP, which is why they have been moved to a resort on the city outskirts," Kumaraswamy told reporters in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, the 'Karnataka effect' also led the Congress in Goa and the RJD in Bihar on Thursday to say that they would ask the governors of their states to give them a chance to form the government, the same way that Yeddyurappa was sworn-in in Karnataka as the leader of the single largest party.

The Congress-JD(S) combine also moved the Supreme Court against 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 on Thursday refused to stay the swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa as the chief minister of the state.

The Congress will also observe 'Save Democracy Day' across the country to protest Vala's "collusion with the BJP" and his "partisan" action of inviting Yeddyurappa to take oath in Karnataka.

With inputs from agencies


Updated Date: May 18, 2018 23:45 PM

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