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Yediyurappa swearing-in Karnataka CM Updates: BJP leader takes oath as chief minister for the fourth time
  • 18:36 (IST)

    Visuals of BS Yediyurappa taking oath as Karnataka chief minister

  • 18:32 (IST)

    BS Yediyurappa takes oath as Karnataka chief minister

  • 18:04 (IST)

    Yediyurappa at Raj Bhavan

    Chief minister-designate BS Yediyurappa has arrived at Raj Bhavan and set to take oath as the chief minister for the fourth time.

  • 17:57 (IST)

    BSY leaves for Raj Bhavan to be sworn-in as the CM for the fourth time

  • 17:41 (IST)

    Congress to boycot swearing-in ceremony

    According to reports, Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao has asked all party workers not to attend BS Yediyurappa's oath-taking ceremony, scheduled to be held at Raj Bhavan at 6 pm.

  • 17:23 (IST)

    Yediyurappa address BJP workers in Bengaluru

    Addressing Karnataka BJP workers at the party office in Bengaluru, BS Yediyurappa said, "BJP national president Amit Shah instructed me at 8 am to go to Raj Bhavan (to stake claim to form government). Karnataka wanted to oust the coalition (Congress-JD(S)) government."

  • 16:48 (IST)

    Yediyurappa leaves for BJP office to address party workers

  • 16:35 (IST)

    Challenges ahead for BSY

    Proving the majority in the Karnataka Assembly is one of the major challenges that BS Yediyurappa is likely to face while forming the new government. Winning the bypoll seats vacated by the resignation of rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs and maintaining balance while creating the new cabinet are two other challenges which might pose trouble for the chief minister-designate.

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  • 16:22 (IST)

    BSY directs all department secretaries to put orders given by HDK on hold

    Karnataka chief secretary TM Vijaybhaskar has written to department secretaries, saying that BS Yediyurappa has given directions suggesting all department secretaries to put on hold the orders given by caretaker chief minister HD Kumaraswamy in July, till they're looked into by chief secretary or departments secretaries.

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Over 1,000 security personnel deployed around Raj Bhavan

    The security at Raj Bhavan has been beefed up ahead of  BS Yediyurappa's oath-taking ceremony. Reports said more than 1,000 police personnel have been deployed around the premises.

  • 16:00 (IST)

    Yediyurappa says he'll invite HDK, Siddaramaiah to swearing-in ceremony
     
    After meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala, BS Yediyurappa invited MLAs of all political parties for his swearing in ceremony. He told reporters outside Raj Bhavan that he would also be sending a letter of invitation to caretaker chief Minister HD​ Kumaraswamy and Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah.
     
    "I will also try to contact Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah over phone, to invite them personally," he added. However, the Congress leaders are unlikely to attend the ceremony following the trust vote loss.

  • 15:54 (IST)

    BS Yediyurappa will address BJP workers at Jagannatha Bhavan at 5 pm

    BS Yediyurappa will address BJP workers at Jagannatha Bhavan at the state party headquarters in Bengaluru before leaving for the oath-taking ceremony in Raj Bhavan.

  • 15:28 (IST)

    BSY officially changes his spelling to Yediyurappa

    BSY has officially changed the spelling of his name on social media to Yediyurappa. 

  • 15:12 (IST)

    With only 105 MLAs, how was BJP invited to form the govt, asks JD(S)

    Reiterating points made by the Karnataka Congress and former chief minister Siddaramaiah, Janata Dal (Secular) lashed out at the BJP for using unconstitutional means to come to power. "#HorseTradingParty of India has "claimed" stake to form govt even though they don't meet the magic number 112. Today marks one of the darkest days in the history of Karnataka. Democracy is dying a slow death because of BJP's unconstitutional practices."

    Elaborating the point further, the party said in an Assembly of 222, the magic number to form the government is 112. Wondering how was BJP invited to form the government by the Governor since the party has claimed support of only 105 legislators (still seven MLAs short of the magic number), the party said that it was an 'un-democratic' decision on the part of the Governor. 

  • 14:59 (IST)

    Rebel MLAs likely to return to Bengaluru after BSY proves majority in Assembly

    According to Bengaluru-based News9, rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs will likely return to Bengaluru after BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa proves majority in the Karnataka Assembly. While some media reports claimed that BJP will hold the floor test on Monday (29 July), other reports claimed that the floor test is likely to be scheduled for 31 July. Official confirmation is still awaited. 

  • 14:47 (IST)

    Challenges ahead for new Karnataka CM 

    Proving majority in the Assembly, winning by-elections to seats vacated by the resignation of rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs, and ministry formation will be an immediate challenge for Yeddyurappa, according to senior BJP leaders.

    Yeddyurappa has to play a balancing act by ensuring that those within the party are not sidelined, while also accommodating the rebel Congress-JD(S) legislators, whose resignation led to the collapse of the coalition government and helped the BJP to come to power. 

  • 14:39 (IST)

    BSY's Karnataka will be development-oriented, unlike previous unholy alliance" of Congress-JD(S): BJP

    New dispensation in Karnataka will be development-oriented and stable, unlike the previous "unholy alliance" of the Congress and the JD(S), BJP's national media in-charge Anil Baluni said. "The BJP is going to form a development oriented and stable government which will be for the welfare of the overall state. There is no need to elect the leader of the party as B S Yeddyurappa is already the BJP's legislative party leader in Karnataka. This government is as per the mandate given by the people of Karnataka. An unholy alliance was formed between the Congress and the JD(S), which was not according to the mandate of the people of the state," Baluni said.

  • 14:37 (IST)

    Karnataka BJP cadre back BSY's candidature as new Karnataka CM 

    With B S Yeddyurappa staking claim to form government in Karnataka on Friday, his party colleagues backed his candidature as chief minister and said he enjoys the support of a majority of MLAs and will bring stability to the state.

    Yeddyurappa was invited to form the government after he met Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim and requested him to administer the oath of office and secrecy on Friday evening. On Tuesday, the  H D Kumaraswamy government lost the confidence vote, ending nearly three weeks of political suspense.

  • 14:14 (IST)

    BSY changes the spelling of his name to Yediyurappa


    In his letters to both, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Governor Vajubhai Vala, soon-to-be-CM BSY has officially changed the spelling of his name from Yeddyurappa to Yediyurappa. According to The Indian Express, BSY stopped using this spelling since 2007. However, Yeddyurappa has not yet changed the spelling of his name on his social media.

    In 2007, heeding his astrologer's advice BSY changed his name to BS Yeddyurappa. He, however, changed his spelling again amid the political crisis in Karnataka as the Congress-JD(S) fought to save the coalition.

  • 13:30 (IST)

    Karnataka Assembly has become experimental lab for BJP Karnataka: Siddaramaiah

    Karnataka Assembly has become an experimental lab for BJP Karnataka, said former chief minister and Congress-JDS coalition leader in Karnataka Siddaramaiah. Taking to Twitter, Siddaramaiah accused the BJP of trying unconstitutional ways to form the new government in Karnataka. 

    "In what article of the constitution is the governor allowed to permit the party to form govt that doesn't have majority? It is shame!!" Siddaramaiah tweeted. The former JD(S) leader further said that BJP has the strength of 105 in Karnataka Assembly, which is way less than the half way mark. "In no way BJP can form the govt if constitution is followed. This only proves that BJP has no belief in the democratic values."

  • 13:01 (IST)

    Yeddyurappa to take oath alone, or with small team: BJP

    The BJP has confirmed that the full Cabinet will mostly not be sworn in today. According to reports, only BS Yeddyurappa will be taking oath today at 6 pm along with a small team, BJP leaders have indicated. 

  • 12:44 (IST)

    If rebel MLAs firm on their stand and want to join BJP, we will welcome them: Shobha Karandlaje

    Confirming that the central BJP will back the rebel MLAs, Karnataka MP Shobha Karandlaje claimed that the state BJP will prove majority and are ready to welcome rebel MLAs to join BJP. She was quoted as saying by The Indian Express, "Today BS Yeddyurappa ji has staked claim to form government, party high command has supported him. Numbers in assembly are not a problem, also the rebel MLAs are firm on their stand and if they want to join BJP, we will welcome them."

  • 12:34 (IST)

    How can BSY stake claim to form govt when they don't have the numbers, asks Karnataka Congress

    Slamming the BJP for "subverting democracy" in the state, Karnataka Congress further said, that the parliamentary democracy is being butchered in Karnataka. "How can @BSYBJP stake claim to form govt when they dont have the numbers. How can the Governor who is the safe keeper of the constitution give his consent? Where is the Rule of LAW! @narendramodi @AmitShah! (sic)"

  • 12:32 (IST)

    Karnataka Congress press conference at 1 pm today

    Senior Congress leader VS Ugrappa will be addressing a press conference today at the Bengaluru KPCC Office at 1 pm, reports claimed. Ugrappa, who is a lawyer by profession, on the behalf of Congress is likely to present legal issues on how BJP has been given a chance to form government without clear majority.

  • 12:10 (IST)

    BSY has used his excellent horse-trading skills to subvert democracy and come to power: Congress Karnataka 

    Karnataka units of both, the Congress and the BJP, launched online attacks on each other within minutes of the announcement that BS Yeddyurappa will be taking oath as the new chief minister at 6 pm today. 

    State BJP unit tweeted: "As instructed by our national president Shri @AmitShah ji & working president of @BJP4India
    Shri @JPNadda ji, Shri @BSYBJP has met his Excellency Governor of Karnataka to stake claim to form government.@BSYBJP will take oath as CM of Karnataka today at 6 pm."

    Dubbing BSY as 'corruption icon' and 'Former Jail Bird', Karnataka Congress said that BSY has "used his excellent horse-trading skills to subvert democracy and come to power."

  • 12:01 (IST)

    BSY will have to prove majority in Assembly by 31 July

     

    Chief minister-designate BS Yeddyurappa, who will take oath as the new Karnataka chief minister today at 6 pm, will have to prove majority in state Assembly by 31 July, BJP has said

  • 11:47 (IST)

    BJP will likely parade all 15 MLAs before the swearing-in ceremony, says DK Shivakumar

    DK Shivakumar reacted to BJP staking claim to form new government and BS Yeddyurappa swearing-in as the new chief minister and said, "It's up to them what they do next — the BJP and the rebels. I've heard BJP will parade all 15 MLAs. All I can say about the MLAs is that it appears they are "the most satisfied" of the lot."

  • 11:39 (IST)

    BSY's move was surprising since BJP Legislature Party didn't formally elect him as the leader yet

    Ending speculations over Karnataka's political crisis, BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa was invited by the Governor on Friday to stake claim to form the new state government. Yeddyurappa, a three-time chief minister of the state, will be sworn in at the Raj Bhavan between 6-6.15 pm bon Friday. The development comes three days after the JD(S)-Congress coalition government lost a trust vote on the floor of the state legislative Assembly.

    BJP's delay in making the move had spurred speculation that the state might be heading towards a period of President's Rule. Yeddyurappa's move took everyone by surprise since the BJP Legislature Party didn't formally elect him as the leader yet.

  • 11:34 (IST)

    I will proceed as per law, no matter who is satisfied and who is dissatisfied: Speaker Ramesh on disqualifications

    Hitting out at critics over resignations, Speaker KR Ramesh said he will proceed as per law no matter who is satisfied and who is dissatisfied. Speaker had disqualified three rebel Congress MLAs under the anti-defection law on Thursday, in a move that heightened the suspense over government formation exercise in the state two days after the collapse of the Congress-JDS ministry. A day later, BSY met with the Governor to stake claim to form the new government. 

  • 11:15 (IST)

    Swearing-in ceremony likely to be held between 6 and 6.15 pm today

    India Today shared the letter which confirms BS Yeddyurappa will swear-in as the new Karnataka chief minister at 6 pm today (Friday). The letter says, "... I intend to state that after the present Government headed by Sri HD Kumaraswamy has lost the vote of confidence in the Legislative Assembly and consequently he resigned to the post of Chief Minister... I submit that I am the leader of BJP Legislature Party and also the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly. At present the strength of the BJP MLAs is 105 and the single largest party in the Assembly." 

    The letter further adds, "I may be invited to form alternate government today itself and I will take oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka at Raj Bhavan between 6.00 pm and 6.15 pm."

  • 10:54 (IST)

    Security in Bengaluru heightened ahead of swearing-in ceremony

    Outside Raj Bhavan, BJP leaders, reported The Indian Express, said: "Got a phone call from Delhi and a final nod from BJP chief Amit Shah with the go-ahead." 

    According to reports, meeting in Raj Bhavan was attended by Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Alok Kumar as well. Security will be heightened across the city ahead of the oath-taking ceremony. 

  • 10:46 (IST)

    BSY will be new Karnataka chief minister, swearing-in ceremony at 6 pm today

  • 10:40 (IST)

    B S Yeddyurappa to be sworn in as new Karnataka Chief Minister at 6 pm

    Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has given Yeddyurappa assent to stake claim to form government in the state and he will be sworn in as the state Chief Minister at 6 pm today.

  • 10:36 (IST)

    Amit Shah instructed BSY to take oath today

    According to local reports from Karnataka, home minister Amit Shah instructed BS Yeddyurappa to ensure he swears in as the chief minister today. TV9 Karnataka reported that the Union home minister told the former chief minister that Friday was an auspicious day. 

  • 10:29 (IST)

    Speaker disqualified three Congress MLAs 

    With all attention riveted on the Speaker's action, Speaker KR Ramesh on Thursday held that the resignation by the three MLAs were "not voluntary and genuine" and therefore proceeded to disqualify them under the anti-defection law with immediate effect till the end of the term of the current House in 2023.

    The Speaker said he will decide on both resignations and disqualification pleas pending before him in respect of 14 other MLAs "in the next couple of days", which may prolong the political turmoil and have a bearing on government formation.

  • 10:15 (IST)

    BJP leaders met Amit Shah on Thursday

    As it looked to the central leadership to take a shot at government formation, the BJP camp had internal meetings held by Yeddyurappa, waiting in the wings for a fourth term as chief minister.


    A group of Karnataka BJP leaders, including Jagdish Shettar, Arvind Limbavali, J C Madhuswamy, Basavaraj Bommai and Yeddyurappa's son Vijayendra, met party chief Amit Shah in New Delhi and reportedly discussed the government formation.

  • 10:13 (IST)

    Will request Governor to hold oath-taking ceremony today itself: Yeddyurappa

    The development comes three days after the JD(S)-Congress coalition government lost a trust vote on the floor of the state legislative Assembly. Yeddyurappa, who has been elected to the post of chief minister three times, said he would request the Governor to let him take oath as chief minister today. “Will request permission to hold oath-taking ceremony today itself,” he said.

  • 10:06 (IST)

    Will meet Governor today at 10 am to stake claim to form govt: BS Yeddyurappa

     

    The new Karnataka government will be formed today, senior BJP leader and former chief minister BS Yeddyrupappa has confirmed. Speaking to media on Thursday, Yeddyurappa said that he will meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at 10 am on Thursday to stake claim to form the new government. "I am going to meet the Governor today at 10am to stake claim to form the government and I will request him to hold oath ceremony today itself."

Yediyurappa swearing-in Karnataka CM Latest Updates: Chief minister-designate BS Yediyurappa has arrived at Raj Bhavan and set to take oath as the chief minister for the fourth time.

Addressing Karnataka BJP workers at the party office in Bengaluru, BS Yediyurappa said, "BJP national president Amit Shah instructed me at 8 am to go to Raj Bhavan (to stake claim to form government). Karnataka wanted to oust the coalition (Congress-JD(S)) government."

Karnataka chief secretary TM Vijaybhaskar has written to department secretaries, saying that BS Yediyurappa has given directions suggesting all department secretaries to put on hold the orders given by caretaker chief minister HD Kumaraswamy in July, till they're looked into by chief secretary or departments secretaries.

Soon-to-be-chief-minister BSY officially changed the spelling of his name to BS Yediyurappa on social media. BSY had stopped using this spelling since 2007. However, Yeddyurappa has not yet changed the spelling of his name on his social media. Earlier today, in letters addressed to both, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Governor Vajubhai Vala, BSY changed the spelling of his name from Yeddyurappa to Yediyurappa.

Rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs will likely return to Bengaluru after BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa proves majority in the Karnataka Assembly. While some media reports claimed that BJP will hold the floor test on Monday (29 July), other reports claimed that the floor test is likely to be scheduled for 31 July. Official confirmation is still awaited.

Karnataka Assembly has become an experimental lab for BJP Karnataka, said former chief minister and Congress-JDS coalition leader in Karnataka Siddaramaiah. Taking to Twitter, Siddaramaiah accused the BJP of trying unconstitutional ways to form the new government in Karnataka. "In what article of the constitution is the governor allowed to permit the party to form govt that doesn't have majority? It is shame!!" Siddaramaiah tweeted. The former JD(S) leader further said that BJP has the strength of 105 in Karnataka Assembly, which is way less than the half way mark. "In no way BJP can form the govt if constitution is followed. This only proves that BJP has no belief in the democratic values."

The BJP has confirmed that the full Cabinet will mostly not be sworn in today. According to reports, only BS Yeddyurappa will be taking oath today at 6 pm along with a small team, BJP leaders have indicated.

Karnataka units of both, the Congress and the BJP, launched online attacks on each other within minutes of the announcement that BS Yeddyurappa will be taking oath as the new chief minister at 6 pm today. State BJP unit tweeted: "As instructed by our national president Shri @AmitShah ji & working president of @BJP4India Shri @JPNadda ji, Shri @BSYBJP has met his Excellency Governor of Karnataka to stake claim to form government.@BSYBJP will take oath as CM of Karnataka today at 6 pm."

Dubbing BSY as 'corruption icon' and 'Former Jail Bird', Karnataka Congress said that BSY has "used his excellent horse-trading skills to subvert democracy and come to power."

Reacting to BJP staking claim to form new government and BS Yeddyurappa swearing-in as the new chief minister, Congress Karnataka MLA DK Shivakumar said, "It's up to them what they do next — the BJP and the rebels. I've heard BJP will parade all 15 MLAs. All I can say about the MLAs is that it appears they are "the most satisfied" of the lot."

The letter that the Chief Minister-designate BS Yeddyurappa sent to Govenor Vajubhai Vala requesting him to allow the swearing-in for the new Karnataka chief minister between 6 - 6.15 pm today (Friday). Heavy security has been deployed across Bengaluru ahead of the oath-taking ceremony.

The letter says, "... I intend to state that after the present Government headed by Sri HD Kumaraswamy has lost the vote of confidence in the Legislative Assembly and consequently he resigned to the post of Chief Minister... I submit that I am the leader of BJP Legislature Party and also the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly. At present the strength of the BJP MLAs is 105 and the single largest party in the Assembly." The letter further adds, "I may be invited to form alternate government today itself and I will take oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka at Raj Bhavan between 6.00 pm and 6.15 pm."

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has given Yeddyurappa assent to stake claim to form government in the state and he will be sworn in as the state Chief Minister at 6 pm today.

According to local reports from Karnataka, home minister Amit Shah instructed BS Yeddyurappa to ensure he swears in as the chief minister today. TV9 Karnataka reported that the Union home minister told the former chief minister that Friday was an auspicious day.

The development comes three days after the JD(S)-Congress coalition government lost a trust vote on the floor of the state legislative Assembly. Yeddyurappa, who has been elected to the post of chief minister three times, said he would request the Governor to let him take oath as chief minister today. “Will request permission to hold oath-taking ceremony today itself,” he said.

The new Karnataka government will be formed today, senior BJP leader and former chief minister BS Yeddyrupappa has confirmed. Speaking to media on Thursday, Yeddyurappa said that he will meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at 10 am on Thursday to stake claim to form the new government. "I am going to meet the Governor today at 10am to stake claim to form the government and I will request him to hold oath ceremony today itself."

Karnataka Assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Thursday disqualified three rebel Congress MLAs under the anti-defection law, in a move that heightened the suspense over government formation excercise in the state two days after the collapse of the Congress-JDS ministry.

With all attention riveted on the Speaker's action, Kumar held that the resignation by the three MLAs were "not voluntary and genuiune" and therefore proceeded to disqualify them under the anti-defection law with immediate effect till the end of the term of the current House in 2023.

 Yediyurappa swearing-in Karnataka CM Updates: BJP leader takes oath as chief minister for the fourth time

Former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa told media that he will meet Governor at 10 am to stake claim to form government.

The Speaker said he would decide on both resignations and disqualification pleas pending before him in respect of 14 other MLAs "in the next couple of days", which may prolong the political turmoil and have a bearing on government formation.

The 14-month-old Congress-JDS coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy collapsed on Tuesday after losing the vote of confidence in the assembly in a climax to the three-week long intense power struggle triggered by the raft of resignations by the rebel MLAs.

Kumar's pronouncement of the ruling on disqualification pleas by the Congress and JDS and resignations by the MLAs in a phased manner is seen as a tough message to other rebels, who are still camping in Mumbai insisting they would not step back from their decision to quit their assembly membership.

Congress rebel MLAs Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumatalli and Shankar faced the tough action from the Speaker, who made it clear that a member disqualified under the anti-defection law cannot contest or get elected till the end of the term of the present House.

"They have violated the provisions of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution (anti-defection law) and therefore are disqualified," he told reporters here.

They cease to be members from "this day" till the expiry of the current assembly in 2023, the Speaker added.

Since Shankar, who was earlier recognised as an Independent in the assembly, had 'merged' his party KPJP with Congress, he also faced the action as its member based on the petition by the Congress seeking his disqualification, Kumar explained.

He said resignation was a "respectable terminology", while disqualification was "admonishing," while emphasising that the anti-defection law could not be used as a "monstrous law."

"No by-election...nothing will work...this is a quasi judicial body (speaker's office)," Kumar said, adding, "I know these matters will go to the court."

On the remaining 14 cases, he said he is "holding them back" and it would require a "couple of days" for him to give his verdict.

Kumar said he first decided on the resignation, rejecting them as they were not voluntary and genuine "based on circumstances" and thereafter dealt with disqualification after considering "evidences and other orders."

Asked if the same yardstick would be used against other rebel MLAs, he said, "wait and see."

"It is a hypothetical question," Kumar said, when asked whether the remaining MLAs could still come around and withdraw their resignation.

He said "It is the responsibility of all political parties that such impasse doesn't continue and Constitutional crisis is not created and to see that the finance bill is passed."

The speaker had earlier said that if the Finance bill was not passed by July 31, the "government will come to a standstill and we will not be in a position to even pay salaries, such a necessity has come, what to do?"

Asked if the Finance Bill can be passed by a presidential order if government is not formed by July 31, he said it cannot be done and either the suspension of the assembly or the invocation of President rule has to be done.

"I don't know what the calculations or the thought process of the Government of India is," he added.

Asked if the non-passage of the finance bill would lead to "financial anarchy", he said, "we are nearing a crisis."

With their resignations still pending, the 15 rebel MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S) had on Wednesday sought four weeks' time to appear before the Speaker in connection with the plea for their disqualification from the state assembly.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in its order on Wednesday last gave the Assembly Speaker the freedom to decide on the resignation of the 15 MLAs within such time-frame as considered appropriate by him.

The Congress and the JD(S) had sought disqualification under the anti-defection law of the rebel lawmakers who, however, were undeterred by it and skipped the assembly proceedings during the crucial confidence vote Tuesday.

Welcoming the speaker's ruling, KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao calle it a "victory of democracy."

Meanwhile, as it looked to the central leadership to take a shot at government formation, the BJP camp here was devoid of any major activity barring internal meetings held by party state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa, who is waiting in the wings for a fourth term as chief minister.

A group of Karnataka BJP leaders, including Jagdish Shettar, Arvind Limbavali, J C Madhuswamy, Basavaraj Bommai and Yeddyurappa's son Vijayendra, met party chief Amit Shah in New Delhi and reportedly discussed the government formation.

Rebel Congress MLA Shivaram Hebbar, who returned home from Mumbai, where the disgruntled lawmakers were holed up, expressed confidence that the speaker who is a senior and experienced person will take right decision on their resignation.

Speaking to local news channels in Yellapuram in Uttara Kannada district, he said "we (rebel MLAs) are not disgruntled, we are helpless. As no one came to help us we came out."

Stating that there was no change in their decision, Hebbar said he and other rebel legislators stand by their decision (of resigning). "There is no change in it."

Responding to a question, he said, he does not fear about disqualification and will face it.

He also said they will take decision on their political future only after the resignations are accepted.

Caretaker Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said no one can give a stable government in the state in the present political scene.

Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah rubbished reports he had instigated the rebels to resign and destabilise the coalition government.

Cautioning media houses against peddling "false news", Siddaramaiah said he would give them a befiting reply if they repeat the allegation in front of him.

According to sources, Siddaramaiah has said that if the government is not formed by July 30 there will be political uncertainty, which may pave the way for mid-term polls, and asked leaders to focus on facing such an eventuality.

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed two Independent MLAs from Karnataka to withdraw their plea seeking a direction to the assembly speaker to conduct "forthwith" a floor test on the H D Kumaraswamy government's trust move.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the submissions of the senior lawyers representing Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar and Kumaraswamy that they have no objection to the withdrawal of the petition and allowed it on the ground it has become infructuous after Tuesday evening's floor test.

The Kumaraswamy government lost the vote by 95-105 in a House with an effective strength of 205 members.

Updated Date: Jul 26, 2019 19:35:06 IST