In an rare post-midnight hearing, the Supreme Court ruled out that it won't stop Mr Yeddyurappa swearing-in. "As far as swearing-in is concerned, we are not restraining it, but we are making it subject to the outcome of the case," a three-judge bench, comprising Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, said after the all-night hearing that stretched for three-and-a-half hours.
The Supreme Court will resume hearing the case Friday morning at 10.30 a.m. and has ordered the BJP to produce the letters submitted by BS Yeddyurappa to the governor by then.
Here are the live updates on race for government formation in Karnataka:
Following the mayhem over the denial of clearance of chartered flights reserved for Congress MLAs to be flown out of Karnataka fearing defection by the BJP, Union Minister Jayant Sinha said that the movement of these flights were controlled by the Air Traffic Control and not the DGCA.
Domestic charter flights do not require DGCA approval. They have to get their flight plan approved by local Air Traffic Control and then are free to fly. We will get a detailed report tomorrow and provide all the facts. https://t.co/ZpWE3ZqrwB- Jayant Sinha (@jayantsinha) May 17, 2018
The Congress will observe 'Save Democracy Day' across the country on Friday to protest Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's "collusion with the BJP" and his "partisan" action of inviting BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to take oath as Chief Minister following a split verdict in that state.
The Congress has gone on an overdrive to protect its lawmakers sequestered in a luxury resort 60 km from Karnataka capital Bengaluru. But this time, it isn't telling its newly-elected lawmakers to deposit their mobile phones to prevent emissaries from the ruling BJP from reaching out to them. Instead, it wants them to install an app on their phones and record the calls they receive."
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday said the fate of Karnataka's new Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa is sealed in his letter given to Governor Vajubhai Vala as it makes no mention of a number bigger than the 104 MLAs of the BJP." itemprop="description
The Superintendent of Police for Ramnagara district has been transferred. The Eagleton resort near Bengaluru, where the Congress has checked its MLAs to "protect" them, falls under the Ramnagara district.
The Congress is preparing to pull a Karnataka in Goa, where it couldn't form a government last year despite emerging as the single largest party.
Randeep Surjewala said Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala has "subjugated the system" and has "encountered the constitution".
Mr Surjewala has "dared" the BJP to prove their majority tomorrow.
"BS #Yeddyurappa is going to be the chief minister for a day, half of which has already gone by": Congress' Randeep Surjewala- NDTV (@ndtv) May 17, 2018
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Randeep Surjewala said that the Congress had won 17 seats in Goa in 2017 and were the single largest party there.
Despite that, he said, the governor had chosen to invite the BJP, which had 13 seats.
Mr Surjewala said that they had sought an appointment with the governor at 10 am tomorrow.
Yatish Naik, a Congress spokesperson in Goa, said that they were appealing to the governor to invite the Goa Congress to form the government there.
Randeep Surjewala says BS Yeddyurappa will be proven to be a "one day Chief Minister". The Supreme Court said Yeddyurappa's letter to the governor must be presented in the court.
Mr Surjewala said that the Supreme Court will examine the case. He said that governor Vajubhai Vala has "murdered democracy in broad daylight".
Mr Surjewala said that he "sacrificed the constitution and democracy for Modiji".
The Congress has asked for the recall of Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, according to news agency PTI. The Congress has referred to a 2011 tweet from PM Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat, which sought the recall of the then governor HR Bhardwaj.
The PM had in 2011 alleged that Mr Bhardwaj was "harassing" the BJP-led state government and was "acting in a partisan manner".
Girish Chodankar, Goa Congress chief, has tweeted asking why the Goa governor cannot invite the Congress to form a government in the state. He tweeted this in context to the Karnataka governor's invitation to the BJP in Karnataka, which has become the single largest party in the state, to form the government there.
If Karnataka Governor can invite single largest @BJP4India to form Govt,why not GoaGovernor invite single largest @INCGoa in #Goa ? Why 2criteria for 2states? Why double standard? Request Her Excellency to follow big brother of Karnataka & invite Cong to rectify wrong @INCIndia- Girish Chodankar (@girishgoa) May 17, 2018
He has been controversy's favourite child. And controversy did not leave BS Yeddyurapppa alone even during his ascent to the throne of Karnataka amid a murky legal battle in the country's top-most court."
Democracy was murdered the moment "desperate" Congress made an "opportunist" offer to the JD(S) to form the government in Karnataka for "petty political gains", BJP President Amit Shah said today while hitting back at the Congress over its "murder of democracy" accusation."
कर्नाटक में BJP ने जो किया अगर एसा कोंग्रेस ने किया होता तो कब का BJP कर्नाटक को हिंसा की आग में झोंक देता- Hardik Patel (@HardikPatel_) May 17, 2018
आज मुझे कोंग्रेस की ईमानदारी और संवैधानिक सोच पर गर्व हैं।कोंग्रेस को बेमानी करना नहीं आता,इसी लिए चार राज्यों में ज़्यादा सीट होने के बावजूद भी सरकार नहीं बना पाए !!
With the support & blessings of people, I have been sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. With your continued support, I assure you that I'll strive hard to fulfill the aspirations of 6.5 Cr Kannadigas and take 'Namma Karunadu' on the path of development & prosperity!- B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) May 17, 2018
#WATCH Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani speaks on Karnataka politics, says, 'What has BJP said to Guv, that he did such a stupid action? Order of Guv is open invitation to do corruption.' Jethmalani has approached SC against Karnataka Guv's invitation to Yeddyurappa for forming govt. pic.twitter.com/uLa0oXcPQZ- ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
Democracy has been brazenly manipulated, mutilated and massacred in Karnataka. It does not augur well for the future of India. All eyes are now on the Supreme Court to come out in protection of the Constitutional ethos on which the very foundation of our nation rests.- Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 17, 2018
#WATCH Constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap says, "Governor's decision can't be challenged. As far as the question of which party has the majority is concerned, it can be proven only on the floor of the house, not at the Raj Bhavan or by submitting any list" #KarnatakaElectionspic.twitter.com/lw87hvGSBG- ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
- Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani moves Supreme Court in his personal capacity against the decision of the Governor
- A bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra asks Mr Jethmalani to mention his plea tomorrow before the bench concerned
- Governor's order is a "gross abuse" of Constitutional power
BS Yeddyurappa has taken oath as Karnataka Chief Minister this morning after the Supreme Court, in a rare overnight hearing on a petition by the Congress and the Janata Dal Secular, refused to stop the ceremony.The BJP leader has been given 15 days to prove majority by the Governor on Wednesday evening."
- Congress-JDS combine are trying to grab power through "immoral" post-poll alliance
- Wait till tomorrow or day after tomorrow
- I am sure of winning vote of confidence. My government will complete 5 years
- I seek support of all legislators to vote according to their conscience and uphold people's mandate
Who has the people's mandate in Karnataka?- Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 17, 2018
The BJP, which has won 104 seats.
Congress which dropped to 78 seats, whose own CM and Ministers lost by big margins.
JD(S) who won only 37 seats and lost their deposits on several others.
People are wise to realise.
Modi govt is misusing institutions of central govt. I know they are threatening MLAs. Anand Singh (Cong MLA) told 'they are using ED, I had a case in ED & they are going to screw me. I'm sorry I have to protect my interest,' another Cong MLA who spoke to Singh told me-Kumaraswamy pic.twitter.com/QrzW8eHeAR- ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
The 'Murder of Democracy' happens the minute a desperate Congress made an 'opportunist' offer to the JD(S), not for Karnataka's welfare but for their petty political gains. Shameful!- Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 17, 2018
Governor in Karnataka is doing the same as LG is doing in Delhi, both are playing with the Constitutional values.- AAP (@AamAadmiParty) May 17, 2018
In current scenario they are only following the orders of BJP top brass without keeping the fact in mind that they are at constitutional posts.#DanceOfDemocracypic.twitter.com/x0d9Yih3CQ
Congratulations to @BSYBJP on being sworn in as Karnataka CM. I am sure that the state, which has been deprived of growth for years, will be on a development track. Wishing you the very best in taking Karnataka to new heights of progress in the coming years.- Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 17, 2018
BJP's BS Yeddyurappa has taken oath as Karnataka Chief Minister this morning after the Supreme Court, in a rare overnight hearing on a petition by the Congress and the Janata Dal Secular, refused to stop the ceremony. Mr Yeddyurappa's party, the BJP, was invited to form the government and given 15 days to prove majority by Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday evening. The BJP has 105 lawmakers, including an Independent, in the 222-seat assembly and is seven short of majority. The Congress leaders, who along with their new alliance partners from the JDS met the governor yesterday to stake claim to form government, are protesting outside the Karnataka assembly, stressing the move was "against the constitution"."
- The people of Karnataka have given a clear mandate
- We are ready to prove majority in the floor of the House
- We are confident that like-minded people will support us
- Our only aim is that Yeddyurappa ji leads us in the Assembly.
- I am just a worker of the BJP.
- To form a government that the people of the state want as is clear by the mandate.
- What else is expected of (HD) Kumaraswamy. What else will he do?
- Everything he says is fake.
Sri @BSYBJP takes oath in the name of farmers.- BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 17, 2018
After suffering under the apathetic rule of Congress for last five years which saw the highest number of farmer suicides, Karnataka's farmers are looking forward to a more hopeful & sensitive government led by BJP. #BSYNammaCM
The BJP's irrational insistence that it will form a Govt. in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn't have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution.- Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 17, 2018
This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy.
This politics of 'Jugaad' & arm twisting -for that matter, 'Dhan-shakti' over 'Jan-shakti' is neither acceptable nor desirable. Sir, there is a saying - you can't fool all the people all the time to win/ gain anyhow by hook or by crook & moreover the same is not advisable too.2>3- Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) May 17, 2018
It may be termed as penny wise pound foolish politics. Hope, wish & pray that good sense, maturity & wisdom prevails. Now the matter has gone to court & the court mercifully agreed for a mid night drama which is great news to begin with. We hold judiciary in very high esteem.3>4- Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) May 17, 2018
We shall wait and watch. In the present situation, one really wishes that ultimately justice prevails. What is right for Peter should be right for Paul too. What is right for Meghalaya, Manipur & Goa should be right for Karnataka too !! God save Karnataka & Democracy! Jai Hind !!- Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) May 17, 2018
अगर कर्नाटक में सबसे बड़ी पार्टी को सरकार बनाने का निमंत्रण दिया गया है तो महामहिम राष्ट्रपति से माँग करते है कि वो राज्यपाल महोदय को बिहार के जनादेश का चीरहरण कर चोर दरवाज़े से बनी सरकार को बर्खास्त करने का निर्देश देकर बिहार की सबसे बड़ी पार्टी को सरकार बनाने का निमंत्रण दिलवाए- Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) May 16, 2018
Sc deserves immeasurable kudos 4sitting 3+ half hrs frm 2am. Patient hearing par excellence. Tho no stay bench made swearing fully subject 2further orders. In a sense BSY's oath is provisional. SC can change interim order tomm after seeing docs. Preponement of fl test also open.- Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) May 17, 2018
I seek your support and blessings as I take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow on May 17 at 9 AM in Raj Bhavan. Honourable Governor Shri Vajubhai Vala will administer the oath.- B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) May 16, 2018
Good Morning Karnataka!- BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 16, 2018
In a few hours from now, Sri @BSYBJP will be sworn in as Chief Minister as per your wishes.
While we will start a golden chapter in the history of Karnataka, the people of India, like the SC, will reject Congress's mercy petition.#DemoracyWins
Mr Yedyurappa's letter to the Governor will seal his fate. There is no mention of a number bigger than 104. The Governor's invitation does not mention any number at all!- P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) May 17, 2018