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Karnataka govt formation updates: Warm and cordial meeting with Kumaraswamy, says Rahul Gandhi

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Karnataka govt formation updates: Warm and cordial meeting with Kumaraswamy, says Rahul Gandhi
  • 19:55 (IST)

    KC Venugopal: 22 of 34 ministries to go with Congress

  • 19:38 (IST)

    Congress' KR Ramesh Kumar to be the speaker of Karnataka's Vidhana Soudha

  • 19:37 (IST)

    Congress' G Parameshwara to be sworn in as Karnataka deputy CM tomorrow

  • 18:58 (IST)

    HD Kumaraswamy: Speaker and deputy speaker to be elected on 25 May

  • 16:21 (IST)

    BJP's practice of losing elections but forming government stopped in Karnataka: Yechury

  • 14:49 (IST)

    Kumaraswamy visits Karnataka temples ahead of swearing-in

    A day ahead of his swearing-in, Karnataka chief minister-designate HD Kumaraswamy visited the Hindu holy towns of Dharmasthala and Sringeri on Tuesday to pray for the success of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government.

    The JD(S) leader returned to the southern state after a day-long visit on Monday to Delhi to discuss government formation with Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

    "Although the people did not bless me and our party with a clear mandate, I have got an opportunity again to serve them by God's grace and my parents' blessings," Kumaraswamy said.

  • 14:08 (IST)

    Most non-BJP leaders to attend tomorrow's swearing-in ceremony, says chief minister designate HD Kumaraswamy

  • 13:46 (IST)

    Yechury to share stage with Congress leaders at Kumaraswamy swearing-in

    Reflecting the new political line adopted by the CPM to unite all "secular-democratic" forces to take on the BJP, its general secretary Sitaram Yechury would share the stage with leaders of the Congress and other parties at the swearing-in ceremony of Karnataka chief minister-designate HD Kumaraswamy.

    Yechury, who has been personally invited by Kumaraswamy, would travel to Bengaluru to attend the oath-taking ceremony. 

    "The chief minister-designate, who had come to Delhi, spoke to me over the phone. I said there is no need for formality. He invited me to attend the swearing-in ceremony. I will attend it in Bengaluru on 23 May," he said. 

    At the CPM politburo meeting in Delhi on Monday, the party encouraged Yechury to attend the ceremony.

    "At our party Congress, we had adopted the political line of uniting all secular forces to defeat the BJP. There is no problem in Yechury sharing the stage with (leaders of) all secular forces, including the Congress," a senior leader said.

  • 13:09 (IST)

    A group of Muslim organisations demand for a leader from Muslim community to be made deputy CM in the new Karnataka govt

  • ANI  reported ">

    12:29 (IST)

    Speaker for Karnataka Assembly will be from the Congress, whose name is likely to be announced by evening, ANI reported

  • 11:53 (IST)

    BJP questions electoral procedures after VVPAT machines found abandoned in Vijayapura

    Eight boxes used for carrying Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines were found at a temporary shed in a village in Karnataka's Vijayapura district, triggering a strong reaction from the BJP which said it indicated "grave irregularities" in conduct of the polls.

    Reacting to the incident, BJP, which emerged as the single largest party but fell short of simple majority, said it "exposed the enormity of the irregularities in the elections."

    The state chief electoral officer (CEO) Sanjiv Kumar said today the boxes used for carrying Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines, found in Managuli village, do not belong to the district or to Election Commission.

    "The boxes are without machine and paper and without unique electronic tracking number... the Election Commission will initiate strict action against those who are trying to create confusion," Kumar said, adding, no VVPAT machines were found.

    The deputy commissioner of the district and the Superintendent of Police conducted on the spot inspection today following reports that empty boxes of VVPAT machines were spotted in the shed.

    "These boxes do not belong to Vijayapura district and 2,744 VVPATs allotted to the district are safely kept in the strong room," Kumar said.

  • 11:44 (IST)

    Congress' DK Shivakumar with Vijayanagara MLA Anand Singh in Bengaluru

  • 11:25 (IST)

    Congress general secretary KC Venugopal to fly to Bengaluru in the evening to facilitate talks with JD(S)

  • ANI  reported. ">

    11:03 (IST)

    SC refuses early hearing into petition challenging tomorrow's swearing-in

    The Supreme Court refused to give an early hearing into the petition filed by Hindu Mahasabha that challenged the oath taking ceremony and appointment of HD Kumarswamy as the Karnataka chief minister, stating it was unconstitutional, ANI reported.

  • 10:42 (IST)

    First objective is speaker's election: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge

  • 09:15 (IST)

    Pinarayi Vijayan to attend swearing-in ceremony tomorrow

    Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan will attend the swearing in ceremony of Janata Dal(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy as Karnataka chief minister on 23 May.

    Vijayan will be attending the ceremony, accepting the invitation of former prime minister and JDS supremo Deve Gowda and his son, Kumaraswamy, sources in the Chief Minister's office told PTI.

    The JD(S) is a partner of the ruling CPM-led LDF in Kerala.

    The party's nominee, Mathew P Thomas, is the water resources minister in the state cabinet.

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    09:08 (IST)

    RECAP: Congress MLA Shivaram Hebbar dismisses audio tapes of phone conversations as "fake"

    In a development that could leave the Congress red-faced in Karnataka, its MLA Shivaram Hebbar on Monday dismissed as "fake" an audio clip released by the party to allege that the BJP offered money and ministerial berth to him for cross-voting during the floor test in the Assembly.

    The Congress had released three audio tapes in run up to the floor test, claiming that the BJP leaders were trying to 'poach' on the party MLAs by offering 'blandishments' so that the BS Yeddyurappa government is saved. One of the audio tapes released by the party allegedly had a conversation between Hebbar's wife and BJP leaders, who allegedly offered money and ministerial post to woo him to vote for the BJP.

    In the audio tape in question, BS Yeddyurappa's son BY Vijayendra and his close associate BJ Puttuswamy are heard speaking purportedly to Hebbar's wife, offering money and ministerial position to her husband if he cross-voted in favour of the BJP during the floor test.

    Read the full story here

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    08:59 (IST)

    Not the first time EC was told about irregularities in conduct of elections: BS Yeddyurappa

    This is not the first time that irregularities in the conduct of elections were brought to the notice of Election Commission, and officials holding elections at ground level. Prior to polling we brought many such irregularities to notice of concerned officials, but in vain: BS Yeddyurappa told the CEC, accoding to ANI

  • 08:56 (IST)

    BS Yeddyurappa on the abandoned VVPAT machines in Karnataka

  • 08:47 (IST)

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi met HD Kumaraswamy at New Delhi on Monday night

  • 08:46 (IST)

    BJP chief Amit Shah slams Congress' alliance with JD(S)

  • 08:42 (IST)

    Kumaraswamy to take floor test within 24 hours of taking oath tomorrow

    Kumaraswamy is expected to take the floor test within 24 hours after being sworn in. Both Congress and JD(S) MLAs will remain confined to their hotels till the floor test, according to reports from Bengaluru.

    Kumaraswamy was invited by Governor Vajubhai Vala to take the reins of power after the three-day BJP government collapsed last Saturday with BS Yeddyurappa, unable to muster the required number for a majority, stepping down as the chief minister without facing the floor test in the state Assembly.

  • 08:36 (IST)

    No bargain with Congress: HD Kumaraswamy

    "There is no bargain. We will cordially work out things. We must work together. I am here to take their (Congress leaders) advice," said Kumaraswamy when asked by newsmen ahead of the meeting how the Congress and the JD(S) will address the issue of ministry formation.

    "We are going to give a stable government. All these issues are not yet discussed. We have not discussed any future course of action".

    After the meeting, Kumaraswamy told reporters he had invited both Sonia and Rahul for the swearing-in ceremony in Bengaluru and they have agreed to come. KC Venugopal, AICC in-charge of Karnataka, was also present at the meeting.

  • 08:34 (IST)

    JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy to be sworn-in as CM tomorrow for the second time in 12 years

    Kumaraswamy, who will be sworn-in as chief minister on Wednesday for the second time in 12 years, flew into the capital this afternoon and began his engagements with a meeting with pre-poll ally BSP chief Mayawati. BSP bagged 1 seat.

  • 08:33 (IST)

    State Conmgress chief G Parameshwara might be made deputy CM

    Congress has mooted two deputy chief ministers for the numerically strong party in order to strike a balance with the JD(S) but the regional party is believed to be not in favour of this proposal. KPCC chief G Parameshwara is among the frontrunners for the deputy chief minister's post.

  • 08:02 (IST)

    Updates for Tuesday, 22 March begin here

  • 21:10 (IST)

    Arvind Kejriwal to attend swearing-in ceremony

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will attend the swearing-in ceremony AAP leader Arunoday Prakash has confirmed.

  • 21:01 (IST)

    Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to attend swearing-in ceremony

  • 20:50 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi to attend swearing-in ceremony
     
     
    Congress president Rahul Gandhi confirmed his presence at the swearing-in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy as Karnataka chief minister on 23 May.  He said he had a "cordial" meeting with the JD(S) leader, with whom he discussed the political situation in Karnataka. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was also present at the meeting.
     
    "I had a warm and cordial meeting this evening, in Delhi, with Shri H D Kumaraswamy ji. We discussed the political situation in Karnataka and other matters of mutual interest.  I will be attending his swearing in as CM of Karnataka, on Wednesday, in Bengaluru," he said on Twitter. The Congress and the JD(S) will hold a meeting tomorrow in Bengaluru, where the modalities over power sharing would be worked out. 
     
    PTI

  • 20:20 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi says he had 'warm and cordial' meeting with HD Kumaraswamy

  • 20:11 (IST)

    JD(S)-Congress government will be stable one: Kumaraswamy

    Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said on Monday evening he was confident that the yet-to-be sworn in coalition government with the Congress in Karnataka will be stable.

    IANS

  • 19:56 (IST)

    Shiv Sena slams BJP again on Karnataka govt formation
     
    The Shiv Sena said on Monday that the BJP's attempt to save the BS Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka was not the way to make the country "Congress-free".
     
    Stressing the need to save democracy in the country, the BJP's bickering ally said no government can use the Constitution to enforce its decisions on people.
     
    In an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', the Sena also alleged that "the governor" and the President sometimes act like agents of the government.
     
    PTI

  • 19:49 (IST)

    8 empty boxes used for carrying VVPAT machines found in shed in Vijayapura
     
    Eight boxes used for carrying Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines have been found at a temporary shed in a village in Karnataka's Vijayapura district, triggering a strong reaction from the BJP which said it indicated "grave irregularities" in conduct of the polls.
     
    Reacting to the incident, BJP, which emerged as the single largest party but fell short of simple majority, said it "exposed the enormity of the irregularities in the elections."
    The state chief electoral officer (CEO) Sanjiv Kumar said today the boxes used for carrying Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines, found in Managuli village yesterday, do not belong to the district or to Election Commission.
     
    PTI

  • 19:35 (IST)

    Congress to decide on Deputy CM candidate tomorrow

    HD Kumaraswamy spoke to reporters on the question of who will become Deputy chief minister of Karnataka. ANI quoted him as saying that Rahul Gandhi has given permission to Congress general secretary KC Venugopal to .finalise everything.' He further said that Rahul would carry out a discussion with local leaders and finalise the issue.

  • 19:07 (IST)

    Kumaraswamy meets Rahul and Sonia Gandhi

  • 19:04 (IST)

    Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha moves SC
     
     
    Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha moves Supreme Court against Karnataka governor's decision inviting Congress-JD(Secular) to form government, reports PTI. 

  • 18:57 (IST)

    Kumaraswamy arrives at residence of Rahul Gandhi

  • 18:56 (IST)

    'We will give stable govt'

    "Modalities of formation of new govt to be worked out after meeting Sonia and Rahul Gandhi," HD Kumaraswamy tells PTI.

  • 18:49 (IST)

    Kumaraswamy leaves Karnataka Bhavan

  • 18:45 (IST)

    'Dirty politics thrives on private lives'
     

    Ever since the Congress-JDS combine managed to outmanoeuvre the BJP in Bengaluru, pictures are doing the rounds of Kumaraswamy with Radhika, a Kannada actor who was supposed to have been "married" to the already-married Kumaraswamy for about a decade until they split up a couple of years ago.

    Read full article by Sandip Roy here

  • 18:28 (IST)

    Kumaraswamy speaks to Sitaram Yechury

  • 18:22 (IST)

    Kumaraswamy arrives at Karnataka Bhawan

  • 18:06 (IST)

    Kumaraswamy meets BSP chief Mayawati

    Kumaraswamy met BSP chief Mayawati in Delhi on Monday. He is scheduled to meet Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi later in the evening.

    Image credit: PTI

  • 17:57 (IST)

    Ashok Gehlot, KC Venugopal, Ghulam Nabi Azad brief Rahul Gandhi ahead of meet with Kumaraswamy

    Ghulam Nabi Azad told ANI that he, along with Ashok Gehlot and KC Venugopal, briefed Rahul Gandhi on recent political developments in Karnataka. Further strategy will be decided when Kumaraswamy meets Rahul Gandhi, he added.

  • 17:42 (IST)

    Difficult times ahead, says G Parameshwara

    KPCC president G Parameshwara said difficult times were ahead, but there was a need to stop the BJP from coming to power in the southern state. He said he understood the sentiments of many who were averse to a tie-up between the Congress and JD(S). However, the need to keep communal forces away from power made the Congress lend support to JD(S), Parameshwara said.

    "I do understand the sentiments of many people that we should not have gone with the JD(S). But there was a need to stop the BJP from coming to power again in Karnataka. Keeping this in mind, our seniors took a decision to support the JD(S). We all must accept their decision," he said. - PTI

  • 17:25 (IST)

    Kumaraswamy meets BSP chief Mayawati in Delhi

  • 17:21 (IST)

    Kumaraswamy says no seat sharing arrangement finalised yet

    Kumaraswamy told News18 that no seat sharing arrangement has been finalised yet with the Congress. He is scheduled to meet Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi today.

  • 17:18 (IST)

    'Mandate was for Congress and JD(S)'

    Congress leader Anand Sharma said that the Karnataka mandate was for the Congress and the JD(S). His remarks came after BJP chief Amit Shah said that the mandate in the state was against the Congress.

  • 17:15 (IST)

    BJP used all means to win but, they failed: Anand Sharma

    Congrss' Anand Sharma said that the BJP used all means to win Karnataka but, they failed.

  • 17:11 (IST)

    'BJP should apologise to the people of Karnataka'

    Congress' Anand Sharma on Monday said that the BJP should apologise to the people of Karnataka for trying to use unfair means to come to power.

Karnataka government formation latest updates: The JD(S) chief ministerial designate HD Kumaraswamy met BSP supremo Mayawati in Delhi and is set to meet alliance partner in Karnataka, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Monday. The meeting is expected to be held in the evening, with discussions on how many Cabinet berths will be allotted between the two parties.

Ghulam Nabi Azad said that he, along with Ashok Gehlot and KC Venugopal, met Rahul Monday morning and apprised him about the sense prevailing among the party MLAs in the state.

While addressing a press conference, BJP president Amit Shah said that the mandate in Karnataka Assembly polls was against the Congress. He added that the party has found a new way of portraying defeat as its victory. Congress' Anand Sharma said that the BJP should apologise to the people of Karnataka for trying to use unfair means to come to power.

Responding to a question on if there was any resentment within the Congress party over the alliance with JD(S) in Karnataka, chief-minister designate HD Kumaraswamy replied: "Who told you? This is all bogus and fake news. This is not true."

Addressing a press meet ahead of HD Kumaraswamy's meeting with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress MLA DK Shivakumar said he is confident of getting more berths in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. "We have given up the Karnataka chief minister's post. We are also confident of getting more berths," he said.

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy has made it clear that this time around, there will be no rotational chief minister arrangement with the Congress in Karnataka, a decision which had soured JD(S)' relations with the BJP coalition government in 2007. “I will not give up the chief minister’s post for anybody. I will be the chief minister for the entire five-year term. Congress has not raised the issue of a rotational chief minister,” The New Indian Express quoted Kumaraswamy as saying.

In an interview to The Economic Times, JD(S) leader and chief minister-apparent said that although he wanted to be a king, not kingmaker, he hoped it had been done through the people's mandate in Karnataka. "I wanted to become king through the mandate of the people, not like this," he said. He went on to rue the fact that even in 2006, when he became the chief minister, it was due to political developments, as it is today.

Ahead of his swearing-in as the Karnataka chief minister, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will meet Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Monday to discuss the modalities of government formation.

Clarifying that no discussion has taken place so far on the allocation of ministerial berths, Kumaraswamy termed reports on the power-sharing formula of 30 months each between the parties as "bogus".

"I'm visiting New Delhi (on Monday)...I will meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi and the party's senior leader Sonia Gandhi," he told reporters in Bengaluru.

Based on the outcome of discussions with them, a decision will be taken on the number of Congress and JD(S) MLAs who will become ministers, Kumaraswamy added.

BS Yeddyurappa had on Saturday stepped down as the chief minister without facing the floor test in the state Assembly as the BJP fell short of numbers, following which Kumaraswamy met Governor Vajubhai Vala, and said he had been invited to form the government.

File images of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy.

File images of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy. PTI

The 12 May Karnataka Assembly polls threw up a hung Assembly, with the BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats.

While making it clear that there have been no discussions yet on the portfolio allocation, Kumaraswamy requested the media not to create confusion among the public and MLAs with such "speculative" reports.

He also asserted that within 24 hours of taking oath, he would prove the majority on the floor of the House.

"Mostly on Wednesday there will be oath-taking ceremony after that on Thursday we will complete the process of Speaker's election and trust vote," he added.

After meeting the governor, Kumaraswamy had on Saturday said the swearing-in ceremony would take place tentatively between 12 noon and 1.50 pm at Kanteerava stadium on 21 May.

But, later he announced that the event would be held on 23 May as 21 May happens to be the death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The venue of the swearing-in is also likely to be changed, with party sources now saying it is likely to take place at Vidhana Soudha (the seat of the state legislature).

However, Kumaraswamy said he had spoken to the chief secretary and other senior officials about it and they would take a call on the venue.

Kumaraswamy on Sunday met his father and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda at his residence and later visited the hotel where JD(S) MLAs are camping and held a meeting with them.

Meanwhile, the JD(S) leader is scheduled to visit a temple at Srirangam in neighbouring Tamil Nadu on Monday.

Asked about reports on power-sharing formula of 30 months each that is being worked out with the Congress, Kumaraswamy said, "No such talks have taken place."

On reports about parleys with Congress leaders regarding elections in Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Jayanagar Assembly constituencies, Kumarasamy described it as "bogus".

"It is a bogus news...No such discussions have taken place. Winning Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Jayanagara is a necessity. Till now, no such discussions have happened," he said.

While polling was deferred in Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency over allegations of electoral malpractice, election to Jayanagar seat was countermanded following the death of the BJP candidate.

With inputs from PTI


Updated Date: May 22, 2018 19:55 PM

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