Karnataka Elections Live: 14 Days Encouraging Sin Of Poaching, Says Congress In Supreme Court

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Karnataka Elections Live: 14 Days Encouraging Sin Of Poaching, Says Congress In Supreme Court

A three-judge bench is hear the Congress-JDS petition in Supreme Court

New Delhi/ Bengaluru:  In a big setback for the Congress, the Supreme Court has refused to stay the swearing-in ceremony of BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa, in an unprecedented overnight hearing. Mr Yeddyurappa had been invited by Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, last evening, to form government in Karnataka and was given 15 days to prove majority on the floor of the house. The Congress wanted the governor's decision to be cancelled, calling it an "encounter of the Constitution". The BJP contends that it should be allowed to form the government as it is the single largest party. The Congress disputes the claim, citing the precedent set by the BJP in Goa and Manipur last year. In both states, the Congress emerged as the single-largest party but the BJP cobbled up alliances and was invited to form the government.

Here are the live updates on race for government formation in Karnataka:

 


May 17, 2018
06:07 (IST)
"They have asked the government to produce that letter of 15th May, which Yeddyurappa had given to the Governor (Karnataka), at 10:30 am tomorrow": Counsel for petitioners Congress and JDS
May 17, 2018
05:42 (IST)
"As far as swearing-in is concerned, we are not restraining it, but we are making it subject to the outcome of the case," the three-judge bench, comprising justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, said.
May 17, 2018
05:39 (IST)
Supreme Court also asked Attorney General KK Venugopal to produce letters written by BS Yeddyurappa to governor to stake claim.
May 17, 2018
05:35 (IST)
Supreme to advocates: "Have a good day!"
May 17, 2018
05:33 (IST)
Supreme Court to further hear the case at 10.30 am on Friday, reports NDTV's A Vaidyanathan.
May 17, 2018
05:31 (IST)
On Supreme Court verdict, BJP's Karnataka unit tweets, "Democracy wins."




May 17, 2018
05:29 (IST)
In its order, Supreme Court refuses to stay swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa.
May 17, 2018
05:22 (IST)
Supreme Court order on the Congress-JDS petition will be pronounced shortly.
May 17, 2018
05:09 (IST)
Supreme Court observes that it can't stop a chief minister from swearing-in.
May 17, 2018
05:04 (IST)
Arguments are still on in Supreme Court after about three hours of hearing.
May 17, 2018
05:01 (IST)



May 17, 2018
04:56 (IST)
Mukul Rohatgi, citing Goa's case, says though the Congress was single largest party it didn't stake claim, so the BJP was called. 

Supreme Court says, "What do you say on number of days?"

Mukul Rohatgi says, "The number of days can be debated after two days." 

He further argues, "What's the urgency of this case. This is not a case of hanging like Yakub Memon."
May 17, 2018
04:38 (IST)
Supreme Court says swearing-in and government formation would be subject to outcome of petition before it.
May 17, 2018
04:36 (IST)
Supreme Court did not dismiss the petition filed by Congress and JDS and said, "This petition is a subject of hearing later on." Supreme Court also issued a notice to respondents including BJP's BS Yeddyurappa, asking to file a reply, reports news agency ANI.
May 17, 2018
04:31 (IST)
Mr Singhvi continues his arguments, says "Defer swearing-in for at least till 4.30 and ask Mr Yeddyurappa to produce the letter he gave to the governor."
May 17, 2018
04:27 (IST)
Mr Singvi says, "Don't stay the swearing-in but defer it for two days."
May 17, 2018
04:26 (IST)
Abhishek Singhvi says, "Why doesn't Supreme Court defer swearing in Yeddyurappa is not here but two of BJP MLAs came to court."

Mukul Rohatgi objects to it. Mr Singhvi objects to Mr Rohatgi. 

Judges say that "we are allergic to these arguments"
May 17, 2018
04:21 (IST)
Supreme Court says swearing-in will go on.
May 17, 2018
04:20 (IST)
Mukul Rohatgi cites Uttarakhan's instance and says that Harish Rawat government was restored by the High Court.
May 17, 2018
04:16 (IST)
It is over two hours now that the Supreme Court is hearing the case.
May 17, 2018
04:16 (IST)
Supreme Court can reduce time period from 15 to 10 or 7 days for BJP to prove majority: Mukul Rohatgi tells Supreme Court.
May 17, 2018
04:14 (IST)
Mukul Rohatgi, continuing his arguments, says, "Supreme Court can't ask governor to file affidavit and can't issue notice."

Supreme Court says: Is this your interpretation that governor action amenable but the governor as individual not answerable to court? 

Mukul Rohatgi replies, "Yes." He adds, "Governor can't be stopped to do his job. It is unheard of."
May 17, 2018
04:10 (IST)
Mukul Rohatgi argues that Congress wants injunction and wants governor not to discharge his function. He says "Action of swearing can always be reversed by Supreme Court."

He adds: Question is can court stop governor from discharging his constitutional duty? Can Supreme Court stop President from signing warrant of appointing judges?

He further argues, "Job of governor is to give oath - whether right or wrong."
May 17, 2018
04:05 (IST)
Abhishek Singhvi says, Mr Rohatgi's clients are two MLAs and who are not parties to the case and Mr Yeddyurappa's lawyer is not here.
May 17, 2018
04:03 (IST)
Attorney General KK Venugopal concludes his arguments. Now Mukul Rohatgi, who is representing two BJP MLAs, begins his arguments.
May 17, 2018
04:01 (IST)
Attorney General argues the the time given to BJP for proving majority can be reduced to seven days.
May 17, 2018
03:57 (IST)
Mr Venugopal says, "Waiting for 15 days heavens will not fall. What's the purpose of stopping the swearing-in? Let the floor test take place."

Supreme Court says, "Your argument is floor test will fail." Mr Venugopal replies: "We don't know."

Supreme Court says, "What's bothering us is the fluid situation."
May 17, 2018
03:53 (IST)
Mr Venugopal argues that even if swearing-in takes place it is reversible. Once the floor test takes place real picture will be known.

Supreme Court asks that why 15 days were given by the governor. Mr Venugopal replies, "It is governor's decision."
May 17, 2018
03:51 (IST)
Supreme Court observes that JDS and Congress outweigh BJP. In a situation like this on what basis Mr Yeddyurappa has staked claimed. The arithmetic defies in what way he was invited to form government.
May 17, 2018
03:49 (IST)
Attorney General KK Venugopal argues, "Defection is one member crosses to other party. Defection law won't apply before he is swearing in as MLA."

Supreme Court replies, "You mean before swearing in MLAs can switch sides?" It adds that in a case like this how you will have more numbers when the other side has already given 116 to governor.
May 17, 2018
03:46 (IST)
"Heavens won't fall if someone is sworn in. Last time Supreme Court heard in night, the case related to hanging of Yakub Memon": Mukul Rohatgi argues in Supreme Court.
May 17, 2018
03:42 (IST)
Top government lawyers -- Advocate General KK Venugopal, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Maninder Singh are in Supreme Court.
May 17, 2018
03:40 (IST)
Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for two BJP MLAs, says that this case should have never been taken up at midnight.

To this, Supreme Court says, "On what basis you are claiming?"
May 17, 2018
03:36 (IST)
Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for Congress-JDS, completes his arguments.
May 17, 2018
03:34 (IST)
Mr Singhvi continues his argument, says, "Governor doesn't give any reason in calling BJP. Claim of BS Yeddyurappa is leader of BJP whereas Kumaraswamy is claiming Congress support."

He adds, "Unless Supreme Court sees Mr Yeddyurappa's letter to the governor, the court can defer the swearing-in." He asks, "On what basis the governor invited BS Yeddyurappa."
May 17, 2018
03:30 (IST)
Supreme Court To Abhishek Manu Singhvi: You want us to scrutinise discretion of governor but you don't have letter given to governor which found basis for inviting BJP.
May 17, 2018
03:28 (IST)
Supreme Court asks Mr Singhvi to wind up arguments as he has already argued for more than an hour. Mr Singhvi seeks few more minutes.
May 17, 2018
03:17 (IST)
Mr Singhvi, who is arguing the case for over an hour now, says, "Governor exercise of government duty is under judicial review. Court can question governor." He adds, "Supreme Court can defer the swearing-in"
May 17, 2018
03:05 (IST)
Mr Singvi cites instances of Meghalaya, Manipur and Goa, where though Congress was the single-largest party but BJP and other parties were invited to form government.
May 17, 2018
03:01 (IST)
Supreme Court says, "We don't even have the letter other party has written to governor.  How can we decide?"
May 17, 2018
02:59 (IST)
Supreme Court to Mr Singhvi: "The argument is court should not issue injunction and judicial review is not the question."
May 17, 2018
02:58 (IST)
Mr Singhvi says, "Governor action is subject to judicial review."
May 17, 2018
02:51 (IST)
Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for BJP, argues that court can never stop a governor from performing any act.
May 17, 2018
02:48 (IST)



May 17, 2018
02:43 (IST)
Mr Singhvi says, "One can argue before swearing-in of MLAs there can be defection. Swearing-in is an executive act." 

To this the Supreme Court replies, "It has to be considered whether court could restrain a governor?"
May 17, 2018
02:38 (IST)
Books have been sought from Supreme Court library for reference.
May 17, 2018
02:37 (IST)
Mr Singhvi argues that unless BJP claim defection they can't have majority. To this Supreme Court says that it would be covered by anti-defection law.
May 17, 2018
02:31 (IST)
Abhishek Singhvi says, "104 ahead of 116 is adding insult to injury." He further argues, "Giving 15 days is encouraging unconstitutional sin of poaching."
May 17, 2018
02:29 (IST)
Mr Singhvi says, "Governor can't negate democracy and after the swearing in happens I can't come to Supreme Court." He adds that 15 days granted to BS Yeddyurappa is unheard of. "It is elementary common sense on numbers."
May 17, 2018
02:26 (IST)
Mr Singhvi argues, "Should the person (BS Yeddyurappa) be given 15 days for proving majority?"
May 17, 2018
02:24 (IST)
Mr Singhvi says, "We are challenging the act of governor not calling us."
May 17, 2018
02:24 (IST)
Mr Singvi argues that innumerable instances are there where combination of post-poll group was called despite there was a different single largest party. He says that one such case was Goa led by BJP outnumbering single largest party and the Supreme Court had upheld this.
May 17, 2018
02:22 (IST)
Mr Singhvi says HD Kumaraswamy wrote to governor saying he has Congress support and staked claim. After that Mr Kumaraswamy also sent signatures of MLAs to Governor, following which Congress also sent signatures of its MLAs to governor. But at 9pm governor invited BS Yeddyurappa to form government.
May 17, 2018
02:19 (IST)
Attorney general KK Venugopal also reaches Supreme Court.
May 17, 2018
02:18 (IST)
Youth Congress workers are now staging protest outside Parliament.
May 17, 2018
02:15 (IST)
Abhishek Singhvi argues that 112 is the majority and Congress-JDS combine is at 117.
May 17, 2018
02:14 (IST)
BJP's Mukul Rohatgi argues that governor can not be a party to the case. He says that court can't stop governor from swearing-in.
May 17, 2018
02:12 (IST)
Justice AK Sikri, Justice A Bobde and Justice Ashok Bhushan arrives in court number 6. Hearing begins.
May 17, 2018
02:04 (IST)
In court number 6, where the hearing will happen, more media persons are present than advocates.
May 17, 2018
02:02 (IST)
Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi is representing the BJP in the case. This is his second midnight case. He had appeared for centre in Yakub Menon case, reports NDTV's A Vaidyanathan.
May 17, 2018
01:46 (IST)
The Congress-JDS petition prepared by advocate Dev Dutt Kamath contended that despite presenting the list of 116 MLAs, governor Vajubhai Vala has invited the BJP which has 104 MLAs to form the government and has given relatively longer time of 15 days to prove the majority on the floor of the House.
May 17, 2018
01:44 (IST)
ASG Tushar Mehta is representing the central government in the case.
May 17, 2018
01:42 (IST)
Union Home Ministry has been made party to the case. Hearing will now be held at court number 6. 
May 17, 2018
01:40 (IST)
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta reaches Supreme Court.
May 17, 2018
01:36 (IST)
Battle for Karnataka shifts to Delhi, hearing on Congress-JDS petition to begin shortly at Supreme Court. Three-judge bench to hear the plea challenging Karnataka governor's invite to BJP to form government in the state.
May 17, 2018
01:21 (IST)
Justice AK Sikri, Justice A Bobde and Justice Ashok Bhushan to hear Congress-JDS plea in Supreme Court.
May 17, 2018
01:19 (IST)
Three-judge bench to hear Congress-JDS petition in Supreme Court.
May 17, 2018
01:16 (IST)
Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Supreme Court agreeing to hear Congress-JDS petition: "Irrespective of merits, very gracious of Supreme Court to fix hearing at 1:45 am at court number 2. Shows justice never sleeps and accessibility is 24x7, where merits so demand. Which apex court in world allows such accessibility?"
May 17, 2018
01:11 (IST)
The hearing will be held in court number 2 of the Supreme Court.
May 17, 2018
01:10 (IST)
Supreme Court to hear JDS-Congress petition at 1:45 am.
May 17, 2018
00:43 (IST)
Midnight drama continues on government formation in Karnataka, Congress lawyer Abhishek Singhvi heads to Chief Justice Dipak Misra's residence.
May 17, 2018
00:36 (IST)
Member of Congress legal team Javed says, "BJP has 104 seats, how will they prove majority on floor, even if they get some Independent MLAs?"
May 17, 2018
00:34 (IST)
Supreme Court registrar arrives at the residence of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.


May 17, 2018
00:27 (IST)
Supreme Court registrar reaches Chief Justice Dipak Misra's residence in Delhi.
May 17, 2018
00:25 (IST)
Supreme Court registrar is currently scrutinising the petition filed by Congress. If the Registrar agrees to the urgency of the petition then he will take the it to Chief Justice Dipak Misra's residence.
May 16, 2018
23:37 (IST)
NDTV's Monideepa Banerjie reports that 30 members of Anglo Indian community will stage "dharna" outside Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru from at 9.30 am tomorrow. In letter to the Karnataka governor "the Anglo Indian community urged him to protect their constitutional rights by not allowing any political party or group to use this nomination to seek political advantage for its own gain or benefit."
May 16, 2018
23:20 (IST)
Heavy security outside the residence of BS Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru.
May 16, 2018
23:13 (IST)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav tweets on Karnataka:"If single largest party is being invited inspite of INC & JDS alliance having more numbers than required then we demand Hon. President to dismiss Bihar govt thru Governor & invite single largest party of Bihar to form govt as BJP is in Bihar govt due to post poll alliance."
May 16, 2018
23:04 (IST)
High security at the residence of Chief Justice Dipak Misra in New Delhi.
May 16, 2018
22:56 (IST)
Read: Congress Goes To Chief Justice After Karnataka Governor Invites BJP To Form Government
The Congress has approached Chief Justice Dipak Misra for an urgent hearing after the Karnataka Governor invited BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to form government and gave him 15 days to prove majority on the floor of the house.
May 16, 2018
22:29 (IST)
After Karnataka governor invited BJP to form government in the state, JDS leader HD Kumarasway says, "By giving 15 days time (to prove majority) governor is encouraging horse-trading by BJP leaders, this is unconstitutional. We will discuss the future plan."

May 16, 2018
22:26 (IST)
Congress leader and lawyer Abhishek Singhvi representing Congress in the top court. The Congress had earlier decided to approach the Supreme Court if BJP was invited to form government.
May 16, 2018
22:23 (IST)
Congress moves Supreme Court as governor invites BJP to form government in Karnataka. Party approaches Chief justice for urgent hearing.
May 16, 2018
22:16 (IST)
Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha tweets on Karnataka political turmoil: "I am glad I have left the party which is so brazenly trying to subvert democracy in Karnataka. It will do the same if it fails to get majority in Lok Sabha next year. Pl note my warning."
May 16, 2018
22:13 (IST)
Mr Surjewala says, "Amit Shah and BJP today sanctioned an encounter of the constitution and the law. Governor has subjugated the law and shamed the office of governor and I don't think such a person has the right to continue."
May 16, 2018
22:11 (IST)
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala addresses media, says, "The letter shows that even the governor doesn't believe they have the majority." He adds, "If two parties can't come together in a post poll alliance, then how did you form a government in Manipur?"

May 16, 2018
21:56 (IST)
Addressing media in Delhi, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says, "Let Congress not advise us." He adds that Congress keep talking about Supreme Court judgement but Supreme Court has said that the platform of Vidhan Sabha is the only forum where majority can be tested.

May 16, 2018
21:50 (IST)



May 16, 2018
21:50 (IST)
 Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to address media in Delhi shortly.
May 16, 2018
21:39 (IST)
Governor Vajubhai Vala's letter inviting BJP to form government.

May 16, 2018
21:35 (IST)
BJP addresses media in Bengaluru, party leader Basavaraj Bommai says, "Official communication has been received from the governor. Governor has given 15 days to prove majority. BS Yeddyurappa will take oath at 9:00 am."
May 16, 2018
21:31 (IST)
Raj Bhavan official reaches BS Yeddyurappa's house with letter inviting BJP to form government.
May 16, 2018
21:30 (IST)
BJP's Karnataka unit tweets again, says swearing-in at 9 am.


May 16, 2018
21:21 (IST)
Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee says there is a possibility president's rule in Karnataka.
May 16, 2018
21:20 (IST)
"Swearing in will go on, tweets deleted because of a likely change in timing," says BJP Spokesperson Vaman Acharya on NDTV's Left, Right and Centre.
May 16, 2018
21:12 (IST)
Opinion: Why Congress Defeat In Karnataka Is A Respectable One
Yet the BJP, as well, has a bit of introspection to do. It has come to rely far too much on the Prime Minister's charisma, and its own belief that it will shape the narrative to its advantage.
May 16, 2018
21:09 (IST)
Heavy rain in Bengaluru.
May 16, 2018
21:05 (IST)
Now, BJP spokesperson Sureshkumar deletes his tweet on governor inviting BS Yeddyurappa for swearing-in.
May 16, 2018
21:02 (IST)
After an intense election, new Congress lawmakers in Karnataka are in for a paid holiday at a five-star resort. The party, worried about losing its lawmakers in the fierce race for numbers, has moved them to the Eagleton Golf Resort near Bengaluru. They arrived a few while back.



May 16, 2018
20:54 (IST)
Police asked to stay alert across Karnataka amid the ongoing political turmoil.
May 16, 2018
20:48 (IST)
Congress now takes dig at BJP on deleted tweet that said BS Yeddyurappa will take oath tomorrow.


May 16, 2018
20:45 (IST)
After saying BS Yeddyurappa will take oath tomorrow, Karnataka BJP deletes tweet.

May 16, 2018
20:37 (IST)
P Chidambaram says, "Earlier this evening, Congress and JDS offered to physically produce MLAs, but were denied permission. We gave governor a list of members and also gave him a copy of the judgement in the Goa case."
May 16, 2018
20:34 (IST)
BJP Karnataka tweets on swearing in.


May 16, 2018
20:32 (IST)
Mr Chidamabaram says, "Numbers of Congress and JDS establish that the alliance has a majority in Karnataka. Yet the governor has not taken a decision to invite HD Kumaraswamy to form the government."
May 16, 2018
20:31 (IST)
Congress leader P Chidambaram addresses media on Karnataka elections.

May 16, 2018
20:28 (IST)
Currently Raj Bhavan officials are in a closed-door meeting, reports NDTV's Maya Sharma.
May 16, 2018
20:26 (IST)
There is no official communication so far on BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in tomorrow but wait for a few minutes: Raj Bhavan official tells NDTV. 
May 16, 2018
20:18 (IST)
BJP leader Sureshkumar says BS Yeddyurappa will be sworn-in at 9.30 am tomorrow.
May 16, 2018
20:00 (IST)
BS Yeddyurappa will take oath as Karnataka chief minister tomorrow, announcement soon, claims BJP lawmaker Murugesh Nirani.
May 16, 2018
19:53 (IST)
BJP MLA says BS Yeddyurappa to swear-in tomorrow. Announcement will be made shortly.
May 16, 2018
19:49 (IST)



May 16, 2018
19:33 (IST)
Siddaramaiah not a true Congressman: Outgoing speaker

Outgoing Karnataka Assembly Speaker K B Koliwad to news agency ANI: Siddaramaiah thinks he is the boss of the party, the party has suffered because of his arrogant behaviour. He is not a true Congressman. Many people have this view of him but don't express it.
May 16, 2018
19:22 (IST)
Read: Congress To Move Top Court If Governor Invites BJP In Karnataka
The Karnataka Governor has agreed to look into all the legal aspects while deciding whether the BJP or the Congress-JD(S) combine should be invited to form government in the state, Congress ally JD(S) said after meeting Vajubhai Vala. The Congress has planned go to the Supreme Court if the Governor's decision is in favour of the BJP. The BJP's BS Yeddyurappa had a meeting with him in the morning. With 104 seats, the BJP is eight short of majority in the 224-seat assembly, but claims it will have the numbers. JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy has alleged the BJP tried to poach on his legislators, offering them Rs 100 crore and cabinet berths.
May 16, 2018
18:27 (IST)
"Governor has assured that he will take action as per the Constitution. We have full faith in him that he will not do injustice. We have our numbers, not not even a single member has moved out. We will not allow any such thing to happen": Congress leader DK Shivakumar

May 16, 2018
18:14 (IST)
BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje's letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on phone tapping.

May 16, 2018
18:05 (IST)
Three BJP MPs have written separate letters to the Speaker of Lok Sabha, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and DG and IGP in which they have alleged that the state government has been tapping their cell phones, reports NDTV's Maya Sharma.
May 16, 2018
17:48 (IST)
"Governor is not inviting HD Kumaraswamy due to BJP's pressure. There is a clear cut majority, and yet there's been no invitation," says senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot.

May 16, 2018
17:44 (IST)
HD Kumaraswamy talking to reporters outside Raj Bhavan says, "We have told Governor we have 117 and we have given the list to the governor. The governor told us that he will consider us based on Goa and Meghalaya's decision."

May 16, 2018
17:42 (IST)
Congress leader G Parameshwara and JDS' HD Kumaraswamy speaks to media after meeting governor. Mr Parameshwara says that the governor has assured that the way the decision was made in Goa and Meghalaya, the same way it will be looked at in Karnataka.
May 16, 2018
17:16 (IST)

Congress trying to tap our phones: BJP

BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje says, "Congress is trying to tap into our phones. We don't have any privacy. I have written to the speaker and also wrote to the home minister."
May 16, 2018
17:16 (IST)
JDS' HD Kumaraswamy says, "Congress leaders and our leaders are meeting the Governor and we wants an opportunity to form the government. We have got sufficient numbers to form a stable government. There's no instability."
May 16, 2018
17:01 (IST)
In Bengaluru, JDS delegation is meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala. Among those present at the meeting are Kupendra Reddy and HD Kumaraswamy.
May 16, 2018
16:40 (IST)
Watch: Congress Legislators Head To Meet Karnataka Governor In Show Of Strength
A busload of 77 lawmakers was driven to Governor Vajubhai Vala's home in Bengaluru on Wednesday evening. The bus-driver kept a headcount with a list that had details of the lawmakers.
May 16, 2018
16:17 (IST)
Congress leaders show list of elected party MLAs as they head to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor at 5pm.

May 16, 2018
16:13 (IST)
Congress heads to Raj Bhavan with all its elected MLAs. Congress and JDS leaders will meet the Governor at 5pm to stake claim.
May 16, 2018
16:05 (IST)
Raj Bhavan is "the centre of conspiracies by the BJP": CPI


Describing the Raj Bhavan as "the centre of conspiracies by the BJP," CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy today expressed doubts as to whether the JD(S) would be allowed to form the government with the Congress's support in Karnataka. It is quite natural that both these "secular" parties have decided to keep the BJP out of power, he said.
May 16, 2018
15:55 (IST)
Thank you for the verdict: Siddaramaiah

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tweets on the political turmoil in Karnataka: "Dear Brothers & Sisters of Karnataka, I thank you for your verdict. It has been an honour to serve you as Chief Minister for the past 5 years. I am confident the Congress Party & the new Government we form, will continue to work for the best interests of our state & our people."
May 16, 2018
15:49 (IST)
Congress and JDS to meet Karnataka Governor at 5pm.
May 16, 2018
15:49 (IST)
We are hopeful and confident: Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi argues, "In case of a hung assembly, can parties with more numbers be ignored?"

He says, "Political parties must not talk about morality. The manner in which BJP is trying to indulge in horse trading is condemnable." He adds that the party is hopeful and confident.
May 16, 2018
15:42 (IST)
Read: How Siddaramaiah's Biggest Gamble Backfired
The free fall of the Congress in Karnataka - it slid yesterday from 122 to 78 seats - was caused largely because it failed to improve its standing among the state's most backward castes despite Chief Minister Siddaramaiah focusing on them through schemes that provided free milk to students and free grain to the poorest families.
May 16, 2018
15:40 (IST)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad: Karnataka Governor has to take a decision and we have nothing to do with it. "We condemn the statement of Siddaramaiah, everybody has heard the statement of the PM and it's wrong to make these allegations. We deny these charges and only thanked the voters of Karnataka," he adds.
May 16, 2018
15:36 (IST)
If Congress and JDS are not invited by the Governor then party MLAs will sit on a 'dharna' outside Raj Bhawan from tomorrow. MPs may also join them, reports NDTV's Maya Sharma.
May 16, 2018
15:19 (IST)
Karnataka Election Result: Back To Bengaluru Resort For The Congress. This Time, For Karnataka MLAs
After an intense election, new Congress lawmakers in Karnataka are in for a paid holiday at a five-star resort. The party, worried about losing its lawmakers in the fierce race for numbers, has decided to move them to the Eagleton Golf Resort near Bengaluru. Their Gujarat counterparts have already savoured its hospitality." 
May 16, 2018
15:05 (IST)

  • We have the numbers and both Congress and JDS are eagerly waiting for the Governor to invite Mr Kumaraswamy to form the government
  • No Governor can go against the Constitution. The Governor should not encourage bribery and horsetrading
  • We still trust and believe the Governor of the state
  • We sincerely feel the Governor will go by party politics
May 16, 2018
14:54 (IST)
No question of any alliance with BJP: JDS leader PGR Sindhia
  • No question of any alliance with BJP. It's a shut door.
  • They can offer however much they want to, our MLAs are with us. Government with Congress is not going to be smooth. But we are sure about doing this with them. 
  • We were from the beginning certain that Kumaraswamy will be CM.
May 16, 2018
13:54 (IST)

"BJP is doing unconstitutional things. I will not allow BJP to form government. The governor should give us and JDS the opportunity. The horsetrading by BJP is unacceptable," said outgoing chief minister Siddaramaiah
May 16, 2018
13:51 (IST)
"Rs 100 Cr figure is imaginary, we aren't into horsetrading of any kind"

  • They are trying everything which isn't in law. They are making baseless charges against BJP.
  • Poaching and horsetrading isn't BJP's business, it is what Congress and JDS are famous for. Their own legislators are not happy with the decision.
  • We aren't doing anything, it is the desperation of both parties that is leading them to level baseless charges, we condemn it. 
  • Rs 100Cr figure is imaginary, we aren't into horsetrading of any kind. Going by the rulebook, we are confident of forming government. Have submitted our claim to Governor, confident of forming stable government.
  • Democracy allows freedom to approach courts.
May 16, 2018
13:42 (IST)
May 16, 2018
13:23 (IST)
May 16, 2018
13:21 (IST)
May 16, 2018
13:19 (IST)
Congress set to Approach Supreme Court If Governor Invites BJP
  • Congress will approach the Supreme Court if the Governor invites BJP
  • Abhishek Manu Singhvi will head the legal challenge in the court
  • Petition to be filed tonight in case the Governor does not invite Kumaraswamy to form government
May 16, 2018
13:11 (IST)
May 16, 2018
12:47 (IST)
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12:46 (IST)


  • I have been offered from both sides. I am not saying this loosely. There's a black spot on my father's career because of my decision to go with the BJP in 2004 and 2005. So God has given me an opportunity to remove this black spot. So I am going with Congress
  • BJP's Ashwamedha Yatra started in North, the horses have been stopped in Karnataka. This verdict is to stop the Ashwamedha Yatra
  • Forget 'Operation Kamal' being successful, there are people who are ready to leave BJP and come with us. If you try to poach one from ours, we'll do the same and take double from you. I'm also telling the Governor to not take any decision which encourages horse-trading
May 16, 2018
12:38 (IST)
May 16, 2018
12:35 (IST)
May 16, 2018
12:35 (IST)

  • BJP has promised people in my party 100 crores in cash and ministerial posts. 
  • This is the first time that a party has threatened opposition to this level
  • I urge Karnataka people to understand what is happening. They have all the money in Delhi. 
  • They have all hidden this money. Where are the income tax people? In the history of the country, this is the first time that a party has threatened opposition to this level. I want people to see all this
May 16, 2018
12:20 (IST)
"BJP is desperate to come to power... Me or my party, are not power hungry"
  • Deep in my heart, I want make a decision in favour of people. 
  • 104 seats won by the BJP does not mean people wanted them to form government
  • In Karnataka, though there is no clear majority, there has been an alliance. It is said that we will not allow BJP to form government.
  • BJP is desperate to come to power... Me or my party, are not power hungry 
  • Today Congress leaders have submitted a letter in support of JDS
May 16, 2018
12:13 (IST)
May 16, 2018
11:52 (IST)

"As soon as possible, I have asked the governor to make me the CM. I have been elected the leader of the legislative party leader. Goveror told me he will take appropriate decision. After I get the reply from the governor, I will tell all the crores of people who voted for us: Yeddyurappa after meeting the Governor
May 16, 2018
11:45 (IST)
May 16, 2018
11:37 (IST)
May 16, 2018
11:36 (IST)
May 16, 2018
11:32 (IST)
We are not trying to bribe or buy anybody: Sriramulu

  • The Congress are the ones who used to say JD(S) is BJP's B-team. 
  • They are the ones who lied, they are the ones who showed that they cannot be trusted by forming an unholy alliance by fooling the people of Karnataka. 
  • BJP is the single largest party and we are meeting to see what the reality is in the Congress-JD(S) claim. They claim they they have the numbers, but there is lot of disagreement within their own parties. Let us see how things play out.
  • We are not trying to bribe or buy anybody. That is something that the Congress claims in an attempt to fool the people further
May 16, 2018
11:27 (IST)
Independent MLA R Shankar gives his letter of support in favour of Yeddyurappa, bringing the BJP tally to 105 (104 BJP lawmakers + 1 Independent).
May 16, 2018
11:24 (IST)
Congress and JD(S) are planning to move their lawmakers to a resort. The JD(S) said five of their lawmakers have already been approached by the BJP. Another Congress lawmaker claimed the same.

Sources said three Congress lawmakers -- Rajshekhar Patil, Narendra and Anand Singh -- went "incommunicado" in the morning. Two of the lawmakers are said to be close to Reddy brothers, the mining barons from Bellary.
May 16, 2018
11:16 (IST)
The BJP has the support of 104 lawmakers and need another eight to show majority. The Congress and its ally, the regional Janata Dal Secular, have 116 lawmakers, a few above the halfway mark in the 224-seat assembly.
May 16, 2018
11:16 (IST)
The JDS-Congress combine plan to meet the Governor later today with names and signatures of 118 legislators to bolster their claim to form the next government in Karnataka.
May 16, 2018
11:14 (IST)
Mood in JDS is upbeat. Party leaders are confident that party will form the government, reports Sneha Mary Koshy
May 16, 2018
11:11 (IST)
May 16, 2018
11:09 (IST)
JD(S) lawmakers Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda are missing from the JD(S) legislative party meeting, reports ANI.
May 16, 2018
11:04 (IST)

We have already decided to go with Congress. That's the reason we called Janta Dal (Secular) Legislature Party meeting. There is no question of taking any other decision: HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S)
May 16, 2018
10:58 (IST)
BS Yeddyurappa has been elected as legislative party leader. He is now heading to Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form government.
May 16, 2018
10:54 (IST)
May 16, 2018
10:44 (IST)
Karnataka Election Results: Three Missing Lawmakers Spark Congress-JDS Alarm In Split Karnataka
As three Karnataka lawmakers went "incommunicado" on Wednesday, an orange alert went out across the Congress-Janata Dal Secular (JDS) combine, which claims enough numbers to form government after a hung verdict in the state."
May 16, 2018
10:42 (IST)
"We are following all democratic traditions and we would form the government"

People of state have rejected Congress. Their attempt to make a back-door entry is not appreciated by people. 
Bitter enemies now want to come together, its an unethical marriage of convenience.
Many legislators aren't happy with the post-poll alliance. 
We are following all democratic traditions and we would form the government.
JD(S) is the A team of Congress. JD(S) and Congress fought with each other.  BJP and JD(S) have got anti-Congress votes.
May 16, 2018
10:31 (IST)
BJP leaders offered me ministry: Congress MLA
  • They are trying to horse-trade
  • I also received a call, was offered Ministry too
  • If High Command decides Kumaraswamy to be CM, so he will be our CM
  • I am also Lingayat and I am happy with Congress
  • Mr Kumaraswamy has been my good friend and I have worked with him
May 16, 2018
10:26 (IST)

"We are having a legislative party meeting today, where we will elect the leader for the assembly. After that we will discuss our strength in the House. From there we will go to Raj Bhavan immediately. We will then approach the governor, most likely tomorrow, to see the next step," said Yeddyurappa.
May 16, 2018
10:07 (IST)
Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and JP Nadda and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar arrived at BJP office for legislative party meeting. Meeting to begin shortly.
May 16, 2018
09:46 (IST)
May 16, 2018
09:44 (IST)
JD(S) has all the faith in their MLAs. Nobody is going to go away. Let BJP try, whatever they want to: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress
May 16, 2018
09:43 (IST)
May 16, 2018
09:43 (IST)
Congress is unable to establish contact with three party lawmakers. According to sources, Congress MLAs Rajshekar Patil, Narendra and Anand Singh have not turned up for the party meeting. KS Eshwarappa, former Deputy Chief Minister had said that disgruntled Congress-JDS lawmakers are in touch with the party.

May 16, 2018
09:29 (IST)
Veerappa Moily on Congress support to JDS
  • No, first of all let them call HD Kumaraswamy to form the government
  • Then rest of the things will be talked over
  • Congress has extended the unconditional support to Mr Kumaraswamy and JDS to form the government
  • Yeddyurappa is trying to prevail upon the governor to act illegally and contribute to the provision of the constitution
  • If that is done then we will not keep quiet
May 16, 2018
09:20 (IST)
May 16, 2018
09:18 (IST)

The single largest party doesn't have the numbers. BJP has 104, we (Congress & JDS) have 117. Governor cannot take sides. Can a person who is there to save constitution, destroy it too? The gov has to cut all its previous associations, be it BJP or RSS: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress
May 16, 2018
09:06 (IST)
May 16, 2018
09:02 (IST)
May 16, 2018
09:01 (IST)
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: KS Eshwarappa , BJP

May 16, 2018
08:52 (IST)
May 16, 2018
08:50 (IST)
BJP General Secretary Dr Anil Jain on government formation
  • BJP will surely form the government in Karnataka
  • BJP is the single largest party, therefore we have full confidence that governor will call us first
  • As per the constitution and expert opinions, governor should call the single largest party
May 16, 2018
08:23 (IST)
May 16, 2018
08:17 (IST)
May 16, 2018
08:16 (IST)

JDS and Congress will stake claim before the governor with signatures of 117 MLA's. 
May 16, 2018
07:54 (IST)
BJP legislative party meeting is scheduled at 10:30 am. The party is expected to elect BS Yeddyuruppa as the party leader during the legislative party meeting. "Tomorrow at 10:30 am in BJP legislative party meeting, 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," Mr Yeddyurappa told NDTV.
May 16, 2018
07:53 (IST)
May 16, 2018
07:52 (IST)
Congress will have a legislative meet at 8.30 am
May 16, 2018
07:50 (IST)
Congress Made First Move For Karnataka Alliance 3 Days Ago: JDS Leader
Like other political parties, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had spoken confidently about coming back to power in last week's Karnataka elections. But after voting ended and the exit polls, the Congress appears to have had second thoughts about its performance and reached out to HD Deve Gowda's Janata Dal Secular, or JDS, for a possible alliance. The phone call was made to Danish Ali, the party's spokesman who had gone public with his party's preference to ally with the Congress rather than the BJP."
May 16, 2018
07:49 (IST)
"We have 117 lawmakers, well above the majority mark," outgoing Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters after the meeting. He rubbished reports of disquiet among the party's Lingayat lawmakers to accepting the leadership of Mr Kumarawamy, who belongs to the Vokkaliga community.

May 16, 2018
07:46 (IST)
After the Congress defeat, the party showed political urgency and took the initiative of striking a deal with the JD(S). According to the agreement, the Congress pledged to back a government headed by JD(S) leader HD Kumarawamy. Congress is most likely to have a Deputy Chief Minister of its choice under the deal.
May 16, 2018
07:45 (IST)
Of the 222 assembly seats for which polling took place, the BJP has bagged 104. While the Congress has won in 78 constituencies, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda's party JD(S) and its pre-poll ally BSP have 38 seats.
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