Earlier in the day, BS Yeddyurappa took oath as Karnataka Chief Minister
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.
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:
NDTV's Uma Sudhir talks to Congress leader DK Shivakumar. In an exclusive interview to NDTV on-board the bus carrying Congress lawmakers, Mr Shivakumar says that they are heading to Hyderabad. "Centre was kind to refuse permission to our flights, so taking the road," he says. He also says the Pradesh Congress Committee president will receive them in Hyderabad and has made all arrangements
Congress, JD(S) lawmakers heading to Hyderabad in buses after the party's attempts to fly its lawmakers out of Karnataka flopped.
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.
The numbers game in Karnataka. Bus with JDS MLAs on-board leaving Shangri La Hotel in Bengaluru.
Sources are now telling NDTV that Congress MLAs are heading for Andhra Pradesh.
Karnataka Congress MLAs leaving Eagleton Resort in Bengaluru.
Jana Sena Party leader Pawan Kalyan on Karnataka political tussle: "Word is majority should form government but governor can take call. Taking advantage of certain wording always happens. It isn't about one party, everyone doing same. No one has ethical fiber to say that this party's wrong. All equally culpable."
Activity at Shangri-La hotel in Bengaluru, where JDS MLAs are staying.
Congress leader Divya Spandana tweets: "Spoke to a Karnataka Congress MLA's wife and daughter, it was heartbreaking to hear the daughter cry and say she fears for her fathers life. One feels so helpless when politics comes to this."
Bench headed by judge 6th in seniority heard Congress petition in Supreme Court
The bench which heard the politically-sensitive case on the Karnataka crisis was headed by a judge, who is number six in seniority in the apex court. Justice A K Sikri headed the three-member bench, which also comprised justices S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan. In the bench, which held the historic pre-dawn hearing, Justice Bobde, who will become the Chief Justice of India after Justice Ranjan Gogoi, was most vocal in grilling the lawyers appearing for both the sides on the question of law. Justice Gogoi would succeed CJI Dipak Misra after he retires on October 2.
Congress legislators leave for HAL Airport in Bengaluru from Eagleton resort. They are supposed to fly to Kochi tonight.
In a major decision, the Yeddyurappa government today appointed senior advocate Prabhuling K Navadagi as the Advocate General of Karnataka, in place of Madhusudan R Naik, who has since resigned.
Just In | Reports suggest Congress legislators may take bus to Kochi if flight permissions are cancelled.
A senior state Congress leader tells NDTV that DGCA is repeatedly cancelling permission for the charter flights. DGCA is the regulatory body for civil aviation under the Ministry of Civil Aviation of the central government.
ATC denied permission saying such small flights are not allowed so late in the night, DGCA sources tell NDTV's Uma Sudhir.
Breaking| Three special charter flights, supposed to fly Congress MLAs from Bengaluru to Kochi, cancelled. Air Traffic Control denied permission.
Read: In Karnataka, A Mobile App Could Be Part Of Congress's Arsenal Against BJP BS Yeddyurappa
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."
Big Development| Reports say that Directorate General of Civil Aviation is delaying permission for charter flights to Kochi, which are supposed to fly Congress MLAs.
JDS' H D Deve Gowda reaches Tirupati for early morning puja. It is his 85th birthday tomorrow.
Just In | Karnataka Congress legislators to be flown out at 11.30 pm to Kochi.
BJP alleges that Congress has forged signatures of its legislators.
Congress Counsel Abhishek Singhvi speaks to NDTV, says, "Where will bjp get numbers from? Neither newton or Einstein can get the numbers. How does 104 become 112?"
JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy says, "Are you planning to repeat 2008? You have destroyed the state. I've seen everything and that's why I don't want anything to do with the BJP. You don't have the mandate."
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the political tussle in Karnataka
: "I condemn horse trading, in general, as it's bad for all. We always respect democratic institutions. Problem is today somebody may come in power and tomorrow he may not be in power but if we violate the constitution, it's going to have an adverse effect on us."
Top level bureaucratic reshuffle in Karnataka: Bengaluru ADG (Railways) AK Pandey posted as ADG (Intelligence). S Patil, DIG (Karnataka State Reserve Police) posted as DIG (Intelligence). Bidar SP D Devaraja posted as Deputy Commissioner, Bengaluru (Central Division). SP (ACB) Bengaluru S Girish posted as Deputy Commissioner Bengaluru (NE Division).
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad says, "All MLAs are in Bengaluru. BJP is accusing us of forgery while they are the ones who have done it. We have full faith in the Supreme Court. It will not repeat the same mistake as the governor."
Congress MLAs to take charter flight to Kochi at 10pm.
Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy says, "We will be going out tonight."
Developing right now | Karnataka Congress MLAs to take charter flight to Kochi from Bengaluru.
Kerala Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has been asked to make arrangements for Karnataka Congress MLAs in Kochi. He has not been told when they will reach there though, say Congress sources.
Congress leader and former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah alleges that "BJP is doing horsetrading".
As BS Yeddyurappa becomes chief minister, top IAS, IPS officers transferred
Hours after B S Yeddyurappa assumed office as chief minister, several IAS and IPS officers were today transferred in a top level reshuffle. The government appointed M Lakshminarayana, additional chief secretary, public works department, as the additional chief secretary to the chief minister. It also notified that his position will be equivalent to the additional chief secretary in home department.
Prakash Javadekar says that what is happening is as per the constitution and people of Karnataka have voted for BJP rule.
"Waking up after 500 days and saying we're single largest party this is not how democracy works. They are desperate," says Union minister Prakash Javadekar as Congress plans to demand the "Karnataka model" in Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya. He added, "What they are doing must be exposed."
Karnataka's Ramnagara district SP transferred, Eagleton resort, which Congress is using to "protect" its MLAs, falls under the district
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.
All India Congress Committee asks all Pradesh Congress Committees to organise "dharnas" and protest at all state capitals and district headquarters tomorrow to protest against Karnataka governor for inviting BS Yeddyurappa for forming government.
Mr Yeddyurappa says, "People have given us a mandate. Instead of blaming each other, we must fulfill our promises. We have a huge responsibility. Let us work"
Addressing BJP members in Bengaluru, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa says that he don't need 15 days for proving majority of his government.
"People of Karnataka will not tolerate this back door entry by Congress and JDS," says Ananth Kumar in Bengaluru.
Congress-JDS moves fresh plea in Supreme Court challenging governor's decision to nominate an Anglo-Indian MLA to Karnataka assembly. Court to hear this plea on Friday along with the main case against Karnataka governor for inviting BS Yeddyurappa for making government.
Mr Kumar says, "Congress is protesting today, if you want to protest... Protest against Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Siddaramaiah."
Union Minister Ananth Kumar, addressing BJP members in Karnataka, says, "We don't want Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Siddaramaiah, we want Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Yeddyurappa." He adds, "Congress is indulging in negative politics."
"We dare you to prove your majority tomorrow," says Randeep Surjewala
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 chief minister for a day, half of which has already gone by": Randeep Surjewala
Randeep Surjewala says Congress has sought an appointment with Goa Governor tomorrow
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.
BS Yeddyurappa will be a "one day chief minister": Congress leader Randeep Surjewala
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".
Congress has sought the recall of Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala
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".
According to news agency ANI, Congress' Goa in-charge Chella Kumar will leave for Goa today and meet with the Goa governor tomorrow to say that the Congress is the single largest party there and should be invited to form the government there.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala is set to hold a press conference at 4 pm today at Congress headquarters.
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.
Congress MLA-elect from Vijaynagar, Anand Singh, who has reportedly defected to BJP camp
Apart from Congress's Anand Singh, party's MLA-elect from Maski constituency, Pratapgouda Patil, has gone missing.
Advocate NP Amrutesh files PIL in Karnataka High Court against BJP forming Govt in the state. PIL states Court should not allow defection of MLAs to BJP through resigning or cross voting, reports ANI
Congress MLA Anand Singh's signature is missing in the list of support shared by Congress. JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy claims that BJP is making efforts to poach him from the Congress to help Yeddyurappa win floor test. Anand Singh won the seat from Vijayanagara.
A board with Yeddyurappa's name outside chief minister's office Governor's order is a "gross abuse" of Constitutional power: Ram Jethmalani
- 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
10 Reasons Why BJP Improved Its Karnataka Standing
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."
BS Yeddyurappa on floor test
- 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
"We respect the court and I do not want to comment on a matter which is in the Supreme Court. But I am confident that I will complete the 5-year term as chief minister," says Chief Minister Yeddyurappa.
Congress lawmakers will be flown out of Karnataka to avoid poaching by BJP leaders. The party has 78 lawmakers and fears some of them will defect to BJP as Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa tries to prove majority in the assembly. As per reports, the lawmakers will be flown to Kochi, Kerala.
Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa reaches Vidhan Soudha
Police personnel deployed at Vidhana Soudha
Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashok Gehlot and former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah protest outside Karnataka Vidhana Soudha.
JDS lawmakers are expected to join the protest outside Karnataka Assembly in some time.
JDS HD Deve Gowda leaves from his residence for Shangri-La Hotel to meet party MLAs, reports ANI.
Karnataka Election Results: BS Yeddyurappa Takes Oath As Karnataka Chief Minister, Has 15 Days To Prove Majority: 10 Facts
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"."
Congress holds protest at Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Vidhan Soudha We are confident that like-minded people will support us: Sriramulu
- 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
On question of whether he will be made deputy Chief Minister
- 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.
On Kumaraswamy's allegation of Congress-JDS MLAs being offered Rs 100 cr
- What else is expected of (HD) Kumaraswamy. What else will he do?
- Everything he says is fake.
Congress and JD(S) lawmakers leave Eagleton Resort, to hold protest outside Karnataka Assembly. The lawmakers have been camping at the resort since yesterday to avoid defection.
The BJP has 105 lawmakers, including an Independent, in the 224-seat assembly and is seven short of majority.
Yeddyurappa shows the victory sign after being sworn-in as Chief Minister Yeddyurappa takes oath as chief minister
Yeddyurappa greeting guests at Raj Bhavan. He is now seated in the front row. Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, JP Nadda are present for the swearing-in ceremony.
Yeddyurappa arrives at Raj Bhawan
Time has been given by Governor. I think we will get the support. BJP is the single largest party. We are going to prove majority on floor. Confident of having majority. We would have smooth, stable running of govt for 5 years. Writing is on the wall, Siddaramaiah and Congress have been rejected. This is the 22nd state, what more is required? People have said no to Siddaramaiah. People won't allow an unholy alliance. We would be successful, Yeddyurappa taking Oath today, all requisites would follow.: Ananth Kumar, BJP
Sriramulu, who is expected to take oath as Deputy chief minister, arrives at Raj Bhavan.
Swearing-in ceremony of BS Yeddyurappa to begin shortly; Union Ministers JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar present at Raj Bhavan
Visuals from outside Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru Yeddyurappa leaves for Raj Bhawan This is the third time Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as chief minister
In 2007, he was chief minister for 7 days (from 12 November - 19 November). Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the 25th Chief Minister of Karnataka on 12 November 2007. However, JD(S) refused to support his government over disagreement on sharing of ministries which resulted in his resignation as Chief Minister on 19 November 2007.
The following yer, he led the BJP to a historic victory in the state. He took the oath of office as Chief Minister on 30 May 2008. He remained the chief minister for 3 years, 62 days before he was forced to resign over a illegal mining case.
Shatrughan Sinha on BJP's bid to form government
Governor Vajubhai Vala's letter inviting BJP to form government
In his invitation to BS Yeddyurappa, the governor had given him 15 days to prove majority on the floor of the house. Mr Yeddyurappa will take oath as Karnataka chief minister at 9 am today. His cabinet will be sworn in only after he is able to prove his majority.
In the Supreme Court, the government was represented by the government's top law officer KK Venugopal and his deputies Tushar Mehta and Maninder Singh. Mr Venugopal's predecessor, Mukul Rohatgi said he was appearing for some BJP legislators.
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had agreed to open the doors of the Supreme Court at around 1 a.m. and constituted a three-judge bench to hear the last-minute petition that asked the judges to stop Mr Yeddyurappa's swearing-in scheduled to be held a few hours later.
This is the second time that the Supreme Court is holding an overnight hearing. The first was in July 2015 when the top court held a 90-minute hearing in the middle of the night to hear a last-minute petition against the execution of Yakub Memon for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
Three BJP parliamentarians from Karnataka have complained that their phones are being tapped allegedly by the Congress government in the state.
The trio --- Shobha Karandlaje, GM Siddeshwara and PC Mohan --- has written letters to the union home minister, Lok Sabha speaker and top police officials in the state, seeking strict instructions to end this "pernicious practice".
"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 Supreme Court bench, comprising justices A K Sikri, Ashok Bhushan and SA Bobde, said.
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.
Mr Yeddyurappa had been invited by Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, last evening, to form government in Karnataka