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.
BJP's B S Yeddyurappa takes oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka. Follow LIVE updates here.
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.
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)
After the police was withdrawn (from outside Eagleton Resort), they (BJP) came inside & offered money, says Congress leader
"After the police was withdrawn (from outside Eagleton Resort), they (BJP) came inside & offered money.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
"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
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."
JD(S) MLAs to fly to Kochi tonight
JD(S) MLAs will fly to Kochi tonight. Hotel not confirmed yet
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
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.
"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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
If we aren't united today then it was Bihar yesterday, Karnataka today, can be MP or Rajasthan tomorrow: Tejashwi Yadav
"How will BJP prove majority? Amit Shah has only one formula, horse-trading or sending agencies like CBI & ED behind MLAs of other parties. It's dictatorship by BJP. If we aren't united today then it was Bihar y'day, Karnataka today, can be MP or Rajasthan tomorrow," said Tejashwi Yadav
First time in history that SC had to request people for help: Rahul Gandhi
Usually, people go to court to seek justice, but this is the first time in history that 4 senior judges of Supreme Court had to come out in open & request people for help as govt isn't letting them work: Rahul Gandhi, Congress in Bilaspur
100 per cent sure of the success, have people's support: BSY
'I am 100 per cent sure of the success,' Yeddyurappa said, striking a confident note on emerging victorious in the trial of strength in the assembly. 'I have people's support for me and my party,' said Yeddyurappa, who has now a tough task to muster the numbers to reach the half mark of 112.
Not going to wait till 15 days, keen to do it as soon as possible: BS Yeddyurappa
"I am not going to wait till 15 days... I am keen to do it as soon as possible," he said in a press conference. Yeddyurappa also appealed to the legislators to vote according to their "conscience" and uphold the people's mandate.
Cong-JD(S) move SC against nomination of Anglo-Indian MLA in Karnataka Assembly
The Congress-JD(S) combine today moved the Supreme Court against the decision of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to nominate an Anglo-Indian member to the assembly, saying it should not be done till the floor test in the House.
Governor Vajubhai Vala conducted first encounter of Constitution yesterday when he invited BJP to form govt
Vajubhai Vala had sacrificed his seat for Narendra Modi earlier, yesterday he sacrificed Constitution and democracy for him. He conducted 1st encounter of Constitution yesterday when he invited BJP to form govt. Today when he swore-in BS Yeddyurappa, he conducted its 2nd encounter: R Surjewala
Yeddyurappa is going to be the CM for a day: Congress
BS Yeddyurappa is going to be the CM for a day, half of which has already gone by: Randeep Surjewala, Congress
Karnataka fallout: Goa Congress says they’re single-largest party, will meet Governor to stake claim
A delegation of Goa Congress leaders led by its legislature party leader Babu Kavlekar will head to Raj Bhavan Friday morning and meet Governor Mridula Sinha staking claim to form government in the state. “Yes, we have an appointment with the Governor tomorrow morning. We will be going to meet her and stake claim to form the government,” Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar told IndianExpress.com, questioning how in Karnataka the same could be allowed.
Would be sitting on a day-long dharna for murder of democracy in Karnataka: Tejashwi Yadav
We would be holding a 1-day dharna tomorrow against the murder of democracy in Karnataka. We also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka invite the single largest party, which in Bihar is the RJD: Tejashwi Yadav, RJD
Karnataka Governor's hasty move will lead to horse-trading: DMK
The DMK, a key southern ally of the Congress, on Thursday termed Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's invite to the BJP to form government "hasty" and "unconstitutional". The party also alleged that it would lead to horse-trading. DMK Working President MK Stalin tweeted: "The Karnataka Governor's hasty invitation to the BJP to form Government despite the majority of MLAs forming a post-poll alliance of INC-JD(S)-BSP is arbitrary & unconstitutional. Such a move will only serve to enable horse-trading and destroy our democratic foundations."
"The Governor's invitation does not mention any number at all," says Chidamabaram
"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!" he tweeted.
Chidambaram says BS Yeddyurappa's fate sealed in his letter to Governor Vajubhai Vala
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today said the fate of Karnataka's new Chief Minister B S 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. His comment came after the Supreme Court said government formation in the state would be subject to the final outcome of the case before it.
Ever since BJP came to power, they have been misusing govt machinery, says Mayawati
Reacting to BJP's BS Yeddyurappa being sworn-in as Karnataka CM, BSP supremo Mayawati said since BJP came to power in the Centre, they have been misusing government machinery and therebt attacking democracy. "It is a conspiracy to destroy the constitution made by Baba Saheb Ambedkar, since they (BJP) came to power they have been misusing government machinery, thereby attacking democracy," ANI quoted Mayawati as saying. BSP contested the elections in alliance with JD(S) and won a seat after 25 years in Karnataka. Mahesh has been elected from Kollegal constituency in Chamarajanagar district.
Ram Jethmalani moves SC over Governor's decision
Meanwhile, senior lawyer and jurist Ram Jethmalani on Thursday moved the Supreme Court in his personal capacity against the Karnataka governor's decision to invite the BJP to form government in the state, saying it was a "gross abuse of constitutional power". A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission of Jethmalani seeking urgent hearing and said that a three-judge special bench, which had heard the matter in the early hours, would re-assemble on Friday. "The governor's order is a gross abuse of the constitutional power and this has brought disrepute to the constitutional office he has been holding," Jethmalani submitted while seeking nod to submit his views in the case. He said that he has not come before the court in favour or against any party but has been hurt over the unconstitutional decision taken by the governor.
Politics of 'Dhan-shakti' over 'Jan-shakti' not acceptable, says Shatrughan Sinha
BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, who has been critical of his party on most issues, on Thursday questioned the party's decision to form a government in Karnataka without required majority and said politics of "Dhan-shakti over Jan-shakti" was neither acceptable nor desirable. In a series of tweets, the Patna Sahib MP, said the post-poll alliance of Congress and JD(S) should be given a chance in the southern state as the two have the majority number. "There is a saying you cannot fool all the people all the time to win/gain anyhow by hook or crook and a moreover the same is not advisable too, Sinha tweeted. "What is right for Peter should be right for Paul too. What is right for Meghalaya, Manipur and Goa should be right for Karnataka too. God save Karnataka and democracy," Sinha said.
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
Will it be a 1996 rerun for BJP?
Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as Karnataka’s chief minister, clearly without a majority in the legislative assembly, is not new for the BJP. In 1996, it was Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the stage was Delhi. The question is will Yeddyurappa meet with the same fate as that of Vajpayee, who had to resign in 13 days ahead of a non-confidence vote in the Parliament or will he survive the test. Read the full story here.
Express Opinion: Congress, BJP and JD(S) traded insults, charges — perhaps even MLAs
In an opinion piece in The Indian Express today, Shailaja Bajpai writes: TV news broadcast the latest developments in this stoop-to conquer battle — who could fall lower, you just had to know. TV news obliged: It’s been news, news and more news — when, last, did that happen on TV? How will this minute-by-minute tussle on live TV impact public opinion? Which political persuasion stands to gain from it? For those answers, we may have to wait until the 2019 Lok Sabha election results. Read the entire column here.
Congress MLA Anand Singh missing?
Bellary MLA Anand Singh, who was reportedly approached by the BJP on Wednesday, was later seen at the Congress office. He was then whisked off along with other MLAs to a resort just outside Bengaluru. Amid rumours that he's missing, Congress leader Veerappa Moily says Anand Singh is “safe”. Who is this MLA? Anand Singh — the Karnataka MLA who skipped the Congress meeting
Democracy manipulated, mutilated, massacred in Karnataka: Captain
"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," Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweets.
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: RS Prasad attacks Congress
Union Minister Ravi Shakar Prasad says the Congress has a history of disrespecting the mandate of the people.
Congress Party has a history of disrespecting the mandate of people.Congress Govt had dismissed BJP Govts in MP,Rajasthan & Delhi along with UP govt after demolition of disputed structure in Ayodhya on 6th Dec. 1992. Govt in these 3 states had nothing to do with Ayodhya incident. pic.twitter.com/NeE75GAVSl— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) May 17, 2018