A day after BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa took oath as 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka, the Supreme Court today will hear the petitions filed by Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) against the Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite BJP and BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state. A bench of Justices AK Sikri, A Bobde, and Ashok Bhushan will hear the petitions at around 10.30am and will also examine the letters, dated May 15 and 16, submitted by BJP legislative assembly leader BS Yeddyurappa to Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim to form the government in the state.

In the pre-dawn hearing on Thursday, the Supreme Court had refused to stop the swearing-in ceremony of BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister. 

Karnataka CM race LIVE updates:

 

10:00 pm | Congress’ plea challenging the appointment of BJP MLA KG Bopaiah as the pro tem Speaker of Karnataka Assembly ahead of the floor test has been accepted by the Supreme Court. The matter will be heard at 10:30 am on Saturday.

09:30 pm | JDS state president HD Kumaraswamy said that his party and Congress have jointly given the list of 118 MLAs to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala. “We’ve sufficient strength to form government in Karnataka. This morning Supreme Court has given judgement on the Governor’s decision,” he added.

He, however, ranted that from the past two days, BJP is trying to buy the MLAs of opposition. Two MLAs have been hijacked by BJP people. But, I am certain that they will come back to us, said JDS leader.

09:00 pm | Congress lawyer Devdutt Kamat revealed that Congress and JDS have filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of BJP MLA KG Bopaiah as pro tem Speaker. He further said that the petition claims that the appointment of pro-tem speaker was completely constitutional.

08:45 pm | While BJP is holding a meeting of MLAs at Shangri-La in Bengaluru, Siddaramaiah is chairing a meet of Congress MLAs at Hotel Taj Krishna in Hyderabad. Siddaramaiah has been announced as the Congress Legislature Party leader

08:30 pm | Congress lawyers have reached the office of Registrar of the Supreme Court seeking an urgent hearing. The party is challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision to appoint BJP MLA KG Bopaiah as the pro tem Speaker of the Assembly ahead of the floor test on Saturday.

08:15 pm | Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad lambasted BJP for misusing power before reiterating that MLAs in question are with Congress-JDS alliance. He further stated that BJP has got good scolding from the Supreme Court for their doings in terms of action. However it’s a different thing that BJP has a thick skin, he added.

08:00 pm | Karnataka election in-charge Prakash Javadekar attacked the Congress for fabricating the audio tape in which Janaradhana Reddy is allegedly trying to lure Congress MLA by offering him money. “This audio CD is one of the handiworks of Congress’ dirty tricks department. This is a fake CD,” Javadekar said.

07:40 pm | While heading to Shangri-La in Bengaluru to chair a meeting of BJP MLAs, BS Yeddyurappa spoke to media. He reiterated that BJP has the majority, more than what he had expected.

“Our workers are really happy and of course they are with us. If the MLAs from Congress and JDS don’t support us, how can we prove majority? We will win the floor test 101%,” he added.

07:30 pm | To put an end to the rumours saying that BJP has the support of a JDS leader, JDS’ Saravana went public with the candidate in question and told media that the MLA is Devanand Chavan and he is still with the party. He accused BJP of misleading people about him.

07:00 pm | Congress leaders held a press conference where they released an audio clip in which Janaradhana Reddy is allegedly trying to lure a Congress MLA from Raichur Rural by offering him money.

06:30 pm | All the BJP MLAs will gather and meet at Shangri-La Hotel in Bengaluru at 9 pm tonite.

06:15 pm | As per reports, after Congress leaders, at least 5 JDS MLAs will now move the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of KG Bopaiah.

06:00 pm | Uttar Pradesh Congress leaders led by Raj Babbar met Governor Ram Naik to hand over a memorandum protesting against Karnataka Governor inviting BJP to form the government in the state.

05:30 pm | Congress MLA Rajshekar Patil, who is staying in Hyderabad along with other Congress MLAs assured that all MLAs are there in the resort and the will be leaving for Bengaluru soon. He also said that there is no pressure on the MLAs as they are confident that they will form the government in Karnataka.

05:00 pm | Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala once again launched an all-out attack against the Karnataka Governor for appointing Bopaiah as pro tem speaker. He said, “The Governor Vajubhai Vala has once again launched an encounter on the Constitution by appointing KG Bopaiah as pro tem Speaker instead of the senior most MLA.”

“We will be able to inform you in a short while. Yes, the option of going back to Court is open,” he further added.

04:30 pm | Congress is showing no signs of backing down here and as per reports, it is moving the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of BJP’s KG Bopaiah as the pro tem speaker for floor test tomorrow.

04:15 pm | “The appointment of Bopaiah Ji is as per rules and regulations,” said Prakash Javadekar. Karnataka election in-charge defended Bopaiah’s appointment recalling 2008 when Bopaiah was appointed pro tem speaker back then as well. He stressed that Bopaiah was 10 years younger then and hence, Congress is raising an unnecessary hoax objection. 

04:05 pm | Siddaramaiah, who was furious at BJP’s “antics” and the Karnataka Governor during a press conference earlier in the day, is apparently more placid after the Supreme Court’s order of a floor test tomorrow. The former Chief Minister took to Twitter saying, “I wholeheartedly welcome the Hon. Supreme Court’s order. It has restored our faith in the democratic process. We are confident of our majority and will emerge successful in tomorrow’s Floor Test.”

04:00 pm | Congress immediately hits back at BJP after the appointment of KG Bopaiah as the pro tem speaker. Singhvi criticised BJP leadership for deploying anti-rule book strategies. He said that ideally, the senior most leader is supposed to hold that position.

03:45 pm | BJP MLA KG Bopaiah has been appointed as pro tem Speaker by the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala for the floor test on Saturday.

03:30 pm | Congress’s Abhishek Manu Singhvi claimed that BJP had wanted the vote of confidence to be done via secret ballot but the Supreme Court rejected that demand. Singhvi further stated that the apex court had written in its order that there shall be no secret ballot in proving vote of confidence tomorrow.

11.50am: The Supreme Court ordered BS Yeddyurappa to not make major policy decisions till the floor test gets over. 

11.45am: Speaking on SC directing floor test in Karnataka Assembly, Congress leader, and lawyer, Ashwini Kumar said, “SC verdict has upheld constitutional morality and democracy. It is a judgment that should be celebrated. The faith of people in the wisdom of SC is vindicated once again. It’s set back for a party that wanted to usurp power.”

11.40am: Supreme Court directs for floor test in Karnataka Assembly at 4 pm tomorrow, after hearing Congress-JD(S) plea against Karnataka Governor inviting BJP to form govt.

11.35am: BJP’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi opposes the floor test tomorrow, says, ‘need time.’

11.30am: Supreme Court stays Congress-JD(S)’s plea challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision to nominate an Anglo-Indian MLA to the Assembly.

11.23am: Abhishek Manu Singhvi, sought proper security for Congress-JD(S) MLAs in case of floor test being conducted. Supreme Court observed that it can pass an order to make proper security arrangements.

11.15am: Lawyer for Congress-JD(S), Abhishek Manu Singhvi, submits to Supreme Court that Congress-JD(S) are ready for floor test tomorrow.

11.11am: Congress questions BS Yeddyurappa’s number claim in Supreme Court. Congress counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi further said does BJP have letters of support. 

11.10am: Karnataka CM race LIVE updates: Test governor’s call or hold floor test tomorrow, says Supreme Court.

11.07am: Test governor’s decision or floor test on Saturday: Supreme Court on Congress-JDS petitions.

11.05am: Supreme Court says, ‘It is just a number game, one who enjoys the majority should be invited to form the Govt.’

11.00am: BJP’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi told Court, ‘We have certain information that many MLAs from other parties have not given any kind of written support to Congress-JDS.

10.56am: Supreme Court wanted to know on what basis the Governor asks a party to provide a stable government. BJP’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi submitted that at this stage he does not want to say anything more.

10.49am: BJP’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi in Supreme Court said that BS Yeddyurappa has been elected as the single largest party, he has the support of a necessary number of MLAs and ready to prove it on the floor of the house.

10.30am: Supreme Court hearing on Congress-JDS petitions begins.