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Highlights: BJP doing horse-trading, no MLA will yield to their demand, says Siddaramaiah

B S Yeddyurappa swearing-in LIVE Updates: Newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister today said he was "100 per cent sure" of winning the vote of confidence in the assembly and completing the five-year term.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 18, 2018 10:09:03 am
Karnataka election LIVE UPDATES: The Congress attacked Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, accusing him of encountering Constitution twice, first by inviting the BJP to form government yesterday and allowing Yeddyurappa to take oath today while a matter in this connection is set to be heard tomorrow by the Supreme Court.

B S Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday, a day after Governor Vajubhai Vala invited the BJP to form government in the state. B S Yeddyurappa, who was elected the party’s legislative leader earlier that day, took oath at 9 am this morning. The party, which emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly, secured 104 seats in the 224-member House, just short of majority. It has to prove its strength on the floor of the House within 15 days.

The Congress, which won 78 seats in the elections, has allied with the JD(S), which has 37 seats, in a bid to keep the BJP out of power. The alliance, which has 115 MLAs in its kitty, had met the Governor on Thursday to stake claim to form the government. Following the Governor’s move, the alliance petitioned the Supreme Court late Wednesday night. The top court, however, refused to stay BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa swearing-in but made it clear that the government formation would depend on the final verdict in the case.

Also read | Karnataka case in SC: BSY allowed to take oath as CM, but court to hear matter again tomorrow

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BJP's B S Yeddyurappa takes oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka. Follow LIVE updates here.

22:14 (IST)17 May 2018
BJP can't use two rules for 1 game, says GN Azad

"BJP can't use two rules for 1 game. BJP, Central govt and their governors have been exposed in front of the nation. It should be the duty of central govt to protect the constitution & democracy but it's unfortunate that we have to protect these from the central govt," said Ghulam Nabi Azad. 

21:59 (IST)17 May 2018
We haven't yet decided where to go, will decide today late night where we have to go, says Kumaraswamy

"We have not yet decided where to go. Today late night we will decide where we have to go. There were several suggestions, one of them is to hold a protest in front of the Rashtrapati Bhavan," said HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S)

21:57 (IST)17 May 2018
After the police was withdrawn (from outside Eagleton Resort), they (BJP) came inside & offered money, says Congress leader

"After the police was withdrawn (from outside Eagleton Resort), they (BJP) came inside & offered money. Constantly they have been calling people on phone," Ramalinga Reddy, Congress

21:49 (IST)17 May 2018
"We have full faith in the Supreme Court, it won't repeat the same mistake as the Governor," says GN Azad

"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," said Ghulam Nabi Azad

20:42 (IST)17 May 2018
Ruling Congress demonstration against Karna guv's 'unconstitutional' step in Puducherry

Congress workers today staged a demonstration here against BJP for "showing scant respect" to the constitution by resorting to "mayhem" of democracy in Karnataka through the state governor.  PWD minister and PCC president A Namassivayam alleged that the BJP had been using governors of states and Lt Governors of Union Territories as their agents to "wreck democracy and to execute their autocratic and anti-people decisions."

20:35 (IST)17 May 2018
JD(S) MLAs to fly to Kochi tonight

JD(S) MLAs will fly to Kochi tonight. Hotel not confirmed yet

20:04 (IST)17 May 2018
BJP people are doing horse-trading, no MLA will yield to their demand, says Siddaramaiah

"BJP people are doing horse-trading. This is unethical and against the principles of democracy. No MLA will yield to their demand," Siddaramaiah, Congress

19:59 (IST)17 May 2018
Really suprised to see how Yeddyruppa is behaving, says Kumaraswamy

"It's our responsibility to give security to our MLAs. I'm really suprised to see how Yeddyruppa is behaving. After taking oath he has already transferred 4 IPS officers. BJP's movement is laughable. All 38 MLAs are with me," HD Kumaraswamy.

19:58 (IST)17 May 2018
"We had proved majority in Bihar, why are they doing this after 8 months?" BJP leader Mangal Pandey

"Those unemployed are looking for work. From time to time they keep looking for work like this. They've still not recovered from their loss. It's nonsense. We had proved majority in Bihar, why are they doing this after 8 months?" Mangal Pandey, BJP on RJD meeting Bihar Guv tomorrow

19:52 (IST)17 May 2018
There has been murder of democracy, says Congress leader DK Shivakumar

"There has been murder of democracy. Let us wait till tomorrow,we feel justice will be in favour of us. Already a chaos is happening throughout country. In Bihar, Goa, Manipur&other states where we were single largest party, they're asking for same formula," DK Shivakumar, Congress. 

19:16 (IST)17 May 2018
Congress is ill informed & as a result is making these funny claims, says Javadekar

Whatever BJP's done in Karnataka is in accordance with rule book. Congress is ill informed and as a result is making these funny claims. They don't have faith on their MLAs as they have held them captive in a resort. JDS & Congress are scared after being exposed: Prakash Javadekar 

19:10 (IST)17 May 2018
Congress and JD(S) don't trust their own MLAs, says Javadekar

Congress and JD(S) don't trust their own MLAs, in what room the MLAs have been kept are not known even to their own families, says Prakash Javadekar. 

19:08 (IST)17 May 2018
We're seeking appointment from Governor for tomorrow, says former Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh

"We're seeking appointment from Guv for tomorrow. We were single-largest party and had immediately met Guv after results were announced but we weren't invited to form govt. Based on recent developments, if BJP can be given chance to form govt, why not us?" Okram Ibobi Singh, former Manipur CM

19:07 (IST)17 May 2018
Congress is resorting to political drama, says Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar says Congress is resorting to political drama. The party is waking up after 500 years. 

19:04 (IST)17 May 2018
Congress' act in Karnataka is one of pre-planned desperation: Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar says the methods that Congress is using is not how democracy works. This is an act of pre-planned desperation. 

18:46 (IST)17 May 2018
If what they did in Karnataka is right then they must accept what they did in Bihar was wrong, says RJD

"Would like to know from BJP and Bihar CM if the invitation to single-largest party in Karnataka is right or insulting public's mandate in Bihar by making post-poll alliance was right. If what they did in Karnataka is right then they must accept what they did in Bihar was wrong: Tejashwi Yadav, RJD

18:44 (IST)17 May 2018
After security withdrawn from outside Eagleton resort, Congress leader says it's their duty to provide protection to elected representatives

"This is not the system. Irrespective of whose govt it is, it is their duty to provide protection, provide security to the elected representatives," said KH Muniyappa, Congress on security withdrawn from outside Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru where Congress MLAs are lodged

18:18 (IST)17 May 2018
Congress workers protest across India against Karnataka decision

Members and workers of Congress protest across the nation against Karnataka Governor for inviting BS Yeddyurappa to form govt there. 

18:11 (IST)17 May 2018
Karnataka effect: Former CMs of Manipur, Meghalaya seek time from respective Governors for meeting tomorrow

Former Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh and former Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma have sought time from respective Governors of the state for a meeting tomorrow.

17:31 (IST)17 May 2018
RJD to meet Governor at 1 pm tomorrow and demand that our party be invited to form govt: Tejashwi

Party has decided that we'll meet Guv at 1 pm tomorrow & demand that like BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, was called to form the govt, similarly the current govt here be dissolved & the single largest party, RJD, be invited to form the govt: Tejashwi Yadav, RJD

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The BJP secured 104 seats to emerge as the largest single party in the 224-member House, but fell short of majority. The Congress, with 78 seats and the JD(S) with 37 seats, have formed an alliance in a bid to keep the BJP out of power. The BJP now has 15 days to prove its majority on the floor of the House.

Yeddyurappa, 75, is a veteran of Karnataka politics. The leader became Karnataka's first BJP CM in 2007, when the party was in alliance with the JD(S). However, his tenure was short-lived and he quit days later. In 2008, he led the party to victory in the elections and was elected CM for a second time. But, again, he was forced to resign before the end of his term after being indicted in corruption cases. He quit the BJP after this and formed his own party, but the two merged ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.