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Karnataka govt formation updates: Even as BJP bows out of CM race, Congress keeps MLAs 'safe' at Hilton Hotel

Stressing on a 'give and take equation' with the JD(S), Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the national party supported a regional party to 'uphold Constitutional principles and democracy'.

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Karnataka govt formation updates: Even as BJP bows out of CM race, Congress keeps MLAs 'safe' at Hilton Hotel

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May 20, 2018 - 18:36 (IST)

Even as BJP bows out of CM race, Congress keeps MLAs 'safe' at Hilton Hotel

Even after BJP bowed out of the race to CM in Karnataka, Congress is still vary of its opponent's attempts to lure its MLAs. According to CNN-News18, the party has decided to keep its flock together and all the MLAs are lodged at the Hilton hotel near Bengaluru. Kumaraswamy has said he will prove his majority within 24 hours of his swearing-in, which is scheduled for Wednesday. 

May 20, 2018 - 16:19 (IST)

Gaslighting India: Rahul Gandhi is not Donald Trump, Narendra Modi is not a novice and India is definitely not America

Of late, it seems like Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been making determined efforts to hone his skills in gaslighting India.

Look at the manner in which he held the press conference after BS Yeddyurappa threw in the towel on Saturday. There was nothing wrong if Rahul tried to score political points by attacking the BJP for these efforts. But he went way beyond. He said, “prime minister is corruption” and referred to BJP president Amit Shah as an “accused in murder”. From a public platform, he brazenly lied on both counts, betraying a sense of entitlement that he could get away by saying anything.

Rahul has a lot of worrying to do about the future of coalition politics and where it will leave his own party. Spreading aggressive falsehoods about Modi and Shah will not be enough to manipulate people’s psychology, like Amanda Carpenter (in her latest book Gaslighting America) says Donald Trump has succeeded in doing with America. But Rahul is not Trump, Modi is no political novice and India is not the United States.

May 20, 2018 - 15:39 (IST)

Will decide on Cabinet expansion, says Kumaraswamy ahead of meet with Rahul, Sonia Gandhi

JD(S)' HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday said his meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Monday will include discussions on Cabinet expansion and how to establish a stable government in Karnataka. "Tomorrow, I will be going to Delhi, where I will meet Sonia ji and Rahul ji. We will decide about Cabinet expansion. I will discuss everything with them on how to give a stable government for the next five years," he told ANI. 

May 20, 2018 - 15:33 (IST)

HD Kumaraswamy to meet Rahul, Sonia in Delhi tomorrow

Signs of discord have begun to appear in the JD(S) and Congress alliance with party leaders struggling to work out a coalition formula that satisfies both parties' MLAs. To iron out the existing differences, HD Kumaraswamy is rushing to Delhi to meet Sonia and Rahul Gandhi ahead of government formation in Karnataka.

May 20, 2018 - 13:53 (IST)

What made BJP pull the plug on BS Yeddyurappa's chief ministerial aspirations

BJP sources told NDTVthat the saffron party knew it could not gather the numbers it needed to win the floor test and wanted to retain "moral ground". BS Yeddyurappa received the message from the on Saturday morning. Following the Supreme Court order which directed that live streaming the Assembly proceedings was the best way to ensure transparency, the party started preparing for a dramatic resignation speech before the trust vote. 

May 20, 2018 - 13:42 (IST)

DK Shivakumar, the man who kept Congress flock together

Doddalahalli Kempegowda Shivakumar is a Congress master strategist and Vokkaliga leader who ensured no horse-trading took place within the Congress ranks before the scheduled trust vote on Saturday. He is credited with keeping all the MLAs together, including ferrying them to Hyderabad and back, while ensuring the Congress-JD(S) alliance remained intact. 

He began his political career during his college days and by the time he was 25 years old, he contested against seasoned politician HD Deve Gowda in Sathnur but lost by a thin margin. 

May 20, 2018 - 13:30 (IST)

What happened in Karnataka is win for democracy, says Rajinikanth

"What happened in Karnataka yesterday was a win for democracy. BJP asking for some more time and governor giving 15 days time was a mockery of democracy. I would like to thank Supreme Court for its order, which upheld the democracy," said actor Rajinikanth.

May 20, 2018 - 13:11 (IST)

'Karnataka classic David and Goliath story,' says Congress leader Milind Deora

May 20, 2018 - 12:53 (IST)

Congress-JD(S) alliance will grow stronger in 2019 Lok Sabha polls

JD(S) spokesperson Danish Ali told ANI that the Congress-JD(S) alliance will last for a long time and grow stronger during the 2019 general elections. "The alliance of Congress and JD(S) will be really long. You'll see the alliance grow stronger in the Lok Sabha elections too," he said. 

May 20, 2018 - 12:42 (IST)

Many gainers and losers but no clear winner in the political 'chanakyaniti'; all eyes now on 2019

The lines have been drawn. The verdict is out. But there is no clear winner to the political pandemonium that the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 were.

While some may say that this a big blow to the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) morale before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, others argue that the story may be far from over for the once invincible Narendra Modi-Amit Shah combo.

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Karnataka New Government Formation Latest Updates: Signs of discord have begun to appear in the JD(S) and Congress alliance with party leaders struggling to work out a coalition formula that satisfies both parties' MLAs. To iron out the existing differences, HD Kumaraswamy is rushing to Delhi to meet Sonia and Rahul Gandhi ahead of government formation in Karnataka.

Speaking to ANI, JD(S) chief ministerial candidate HD Kumaraswamy said he will prove his majority in the Assembly within 24 hours of swearing-in.

Stressing on a "give and take equation" with the JD(S), Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the national party supported a regional party to "uphold Constitutional principles and democracy". On Saturday, chief minister-designate HD Kumaraswamy said a coordination committee would be formed to prepare a common minimum programme to implement the promises made by the JD(S)-Congress coalition. The oath taking ceremony is on 23 May where the new Karnataka Cabinet will be sworn in. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, BSP chief Mayawati, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana chief minister Chandrashekar Rao and other regional leaders are expected to attend the ceremony.

A day after BJP's BS Yeddyurappa resigned before the floor test took place in the Karnataka Assembly, the new chief minister-designate JD(S)' HD Kumaraswamy confirmed he'll be meeting Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Monday.

According to sources, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot will arrive in Delhi on Sunday morning and hold discussions with party chief Rahul Gandhi, before finalising the power-sharing arrangement with the JD(S) in the Karnataka government.

After meeting the governor on Saturday, chief minister-designate HD Kumaraswamy said his swearing-in ceremony would take place on 21 May. However, he later said the swearing-in would be held on 23 May as 21 May happens to be the death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

With the fall of BJP's three-day-old government in Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy heading the Congress-JD(S) coalition is set to become the chief minister for a second time on 23 May.

Governor Vajubhai Vala today invited Kumaraswamy, the leader of Congress-JD(S) joint legislature party, to form the government.

"On the invitation of the Governor I have met him on the basis of the request we had submitted on May 15 for the formation of Congress-JD(S) coalition government....he has invited us to form the government," Kumaraswamy, also state JD(S) chief, said.

Karnataka govt formation updates Even as BJP bows out of CM race Congress keeps MLAs safe at Hilton Hotel

CM designate and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy greets supporters after BS Yeddyurappa quit on Saturday. PTI

Talking to reporters after meeting Vala, he said the Governor has directed him to prove the majority on the floor of the House in 15 days but he would do it much before. After meeting the governor, Kumaraswamy had said the swearing-in ceremony would take place tentatively between 12 and 1.50 pm at Kanteerava stadium on 21 May.

However, Kumaraswamy later in the evening said the swearing-in would be held on 23 May as 21 May happens to be the death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, and therefore it would not be appropriate to hold the ceremony on that date. Rajiv Gandhi was killed in a suicide bombing in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, in 1991.

After a meeting with Congress leaders, Kumaraswamy said they also discussed about moving the confidence of motion on 24 May. He said he would meet Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on May 21 to extend his gratitude to them. "I will also discuss how many Congress and JD(S) MLAs will become ministers," said Kumaraswamy.

He said a coordination committee would be formed to prepare a common minimum programme to implement the promises made by the two coalition partners. Kumaraswamy said there were no other discussions with the coalition partners other than winning the confidence vote.

His meeting with the Governor came hours after B S Yeddyurappa stepped down as Chief Minister without facing the floor test in the assembly as the BJP fell short of numbers. The post-election stitched alliance of JD(S) and Congress, which claims the support of 117 members, has already staked its claim to form the government and said it would be headed by Kumaraswamy.

The third son of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda had earlier headed the BJP-JD(S) coalition government for twenty months from January 2006.

Kumaraswamy said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BSP chief Mayawati, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao and several other regional leaders would be invited for the swearing-in ceremony.

Asked by when he will prove majority, Kumaraswamy said, "As soon as possible we will call the assembly session to prove majority... though Governor has given 15 days, we will not require that much time."

Expressing apprehension that the BJP would again indulge in "operation Kamala (poaching on MLAs)", he said: "I'm aware of it that they will create problem. JD(S) and Congress leaders will take all precautionary measures for it."

He also ruled out any kind of differences among the party cadres on alliance with the Congress.

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