BS Yeddyurappa ultimately took an oath as Karnataka’s new Chief Minister on Thursday. After the night long drama, BJP in Karnataka took a sigh of relief when Supreme Court did not put a stay on Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in ceremony. On Wednesday night, Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP’s Yeddyurappa to take an oath as Karnataka’s new CM. However, the invite was opposed by the Congress-JDS combine that later moved to the Supreme Court regarding the matter. The apex court observed that it can pause the oath ceremony, but did not dismiss the plea saying would hear the plea on next Friday.
However, the crown on the newly sworn-in CM has not fitted properly. The BJP has 15 days to prove its majority in the state, which means the drama in Karnataka is not over yet. Meanwhile, Karnataka got its new Chief Minister and the BJP is busy celebrating its victory in Karnataka.
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2:00 pm: To prevent horse-trading and poaching, Congress and JDS party MLAs left Karnataka. Below are the visuals when MLAs were changing buses on Hyderabad highway. Both the parties MLAs will be staying in Hyderabad. “We have to take some caution. To stop horse-trading, they (MLAs) are moving together. All MLAs (JDS & Congress) are travelling in the bus, they are going to stay in the same place,” said HD Kumaraswamy.
11:55 pm: In another big development amid the Karnataka power tussle, JDS MLAs are about to leave Shangri-La Hotel in Bengaluru. JDS MLA Shivarame Gowda has said that some of Congress and JDS MLAs are going to Kochi and some to Hyderabad.
11:40 pm: Bus carrying Congress MLAs seen leaving Eagleton Resort in Bengaluru where the MLAs were staying. Congress’ Ramalinga Reddy claimed that after the police was withdrawn from outside the resort, BJP came inside and offered money to the MLAs.
11:05 pm: While efforts to grab the power in Karnataka doesn’t seem to end in the state, the Congress party will stage Raj Bhavan chalo protest tomorrow at around 11 am. It is to be noticed that Supreme Court will also resume the hearing in the case on Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in which was challenged by Congress-JDS after Governor had allowed BJP, the single largest party to form the government in the state.
22:10 pm: Janata Dal (Secular) national president Deve Gowda had a telephonic conversation with Congress president Rahul Gandhi to discuss the current political situation in Karnataka.
9:55 pm: Amid the power tussle in Karnataka, Ramalinga Reddy of the Congress party has said that after the police was withdrawn from outside Eagleton Resort, the BJP came inside and offered money. Constantly they have been calling people on phone.
9:40 pm: Speaking on whether MLAs will be taken to some other place, JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy said, “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.”
Further speaking on the current political situation in Karnataka, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “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. BJP can’t use 2 rules for 1 game. BJP, Central government and their governors have been exposed in front of the nation. It should be the duty of central government to protect the constitution and democracy but it’s unfortunate that we have to protect these from the central government.”
9:30 pm: “We will be shifted today. We will tell you more later. JD(S) MLAs are not coming along. The place has not been decided yet,” Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy said.
With 15 days left for #BharatiyaJanataParty to prove its majority in the #Karnataka Assembly, outgoing Chief Minister #Siddaramaiah alleged that the former was resorting to horse-trading to get the required number.
8:40 pm: National President of JDS HD Deve Gowda had a telephonic conversation with Congress President Rahul Gandhi over the current political situation in the state of Karnataka.
8:20 pm: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala appoints Prabhuling K Navadgi as the Advocate General for the state of Karnataka in place of Madhusudan R Naik, who has resigned from the post.
8:10 pm: “We are not leaving now. There is a meeting at 7.30 pm after that we will decide,” Congress leader ST Somashekhar said if the party MLAs are being shifted from Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru to some other place.
7:50 pm: “BJP people are doing horse-trading. This is unethical and against the principles of democracy. No MLA will yield to their demand,” Siddaramaiah said.
7:25 pm: “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.”
7:15 pm: Speaking on Governor’s decision to invite BJP to form the government, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “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 and Congress are scared after being exposed.”
6:50 pm: Responding after Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa withdrawn security from Eagleton resort, Congress leader KH Muniyappa said, “This is not the system. Irrespective of whose government it is, it is their duty to provide protection, provide security to the elected representatives.”
6:28 pm: Even after Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in, the power tussle in Karnataka still continues. The BJP which has formed the government in the state, but still has to prove the majority, on Thursday evening said that they are in touch with some Congress-JDS MLAs who are not happy with their alliance.
6:20 pm: After being sworn-in, Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa visited Siddaganga Mutt and met Sri Shivakumara Swami in Tumakuru.
5:00 pm: After being sworn-in as new Karnataka CM, Yeddyurappa has withdrawn police from Eagleton resort where Congress and JDS MLAs have been lodged. Meanwhile, he has also ordered the transfer of top IAS officers.
4:51 pm: Addressing the media in Bengaluru after taking oath as Karnataka CM, Yeddyurappa says he doesn’t need 15 days to prove the majority. The BJP total tally of MLAs is 104, while Congress has 78 MLAs and JDS has 37. The Karnataka Governor has given 15 days to Yeddyurappa government to prove on the floor of the House.
4:43 pm: Meanwhile, Congress-JD(S) has moved a fresh plea in Supreme Court challenging Governor’s decision to nominate an Anglo-Indian MLA to Assembly. Court to hear their plea on Friday along with the main case against Karnataka Governor for inviting BS Yedurappa for making the government.
4:40 pm: New Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa is addressing media after swearing-in. Yeddyurappa has thanked the cadres of the BJP, workers saying that without their hardwork, it wouldn’t have been possible for the BJP to emerge as the single largest party. Along with Yeddyurappa, other senior BJP leaders were also present at the media briefing.
1:29pm: “All of us saw how PM Modi misused the office of Governor in Tamil Nadu. The same has been done in Karnataka. This is totally against democracy and rule of law. We condemn it” said DMK chief MK Stalin.
12:54pm: “It is a short-lived Govt, we are confident because we have the majority. We will fight for justice. 100% all our MLAs are with us,” said Congress leader, DK Shivakumar.
12:45pm: “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,” said BSP supremo Mayawati on being asked on BSY sworn-in as Karnataka Chief Minister.
12: 35pm: On being asked about proving majority in the floor test, BJP MLA B Sreeramulu said that the party has the support of the Independent MLAs and the party will prove its majority. “Independent MLAs hamare touch mein hain, kaam ho jaega,” he said.
12: 25pm: Clearing the allegations of MLAs absent outside the Raj Bhavan, former CM Siddaramaiah said that all Congress-JDS combine MLAs are present outside Raj Bhavan. He said, “All Congress and JD(S) MLAs are here, all 118 MLAs: Siddaramaiah at the protest outside Raj Bhawan”.
12: 20pm: “Whatever BJP is doing is unconstitutional. 100% sure we will form the government,” says former Chief Minsiter Siddaramaiah on BS Yeddyurappa’s sworn-in as Karnataka CM.
11: 47am: While addressing a rally in Raipur Congress president Rahul Gandhi slammed BJP saying that things like this happen in dictatorship or Pakistan. “The BJP is scaring the judges of the Supreme Court. This happens when there’s dictatorship. An environment of fear and insecurity is prevailing in the country…Such things happen in a country like Pakistan”.
11: 39am: Senior Lawyer Ram Jethmalani moved to the Supreme Court and presented his application before CJI Bench of Dipak Misra, justices AM Khanwilka and DY Chandrachud seeking urgent hearing against Karnataka Governor for inviting BS Yeddyurappa for making government. The Bench directed him to mention it tomorrow before an appropriate bench.
11: 18am: JDS’s HD Deve Gowda recently reached Vidha Soudha where the Congress has been protesting against the unconstitutional sworn-in of BJP’s Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka. HD Deve Gowda will join the Congress leaders at Vidhan Soudha.
11: 16am: Congress MP DK Suresh asserted that all MLAs are at Vidhan Sudha except Anand Singh. He added that he is in the clutches of the Narendra Modi.
11: 11am: While BJP and the Congress are playing the blame game over who killed the democracy, Shiv Sena leader, Sanjay Raut said that when people claim that democracy has not left in the country. “BS Yeddyurappa has taken the oath but it’s difficult to prove majority. Governor should have called those who had maximum numbers. When this happens people say, loktantra ki hatya ho gayi, lekin jab desh mein loktantra bacha hi nahi hai toh hatya kiski hogi,” raut was quoted as saying.
10: 59am: “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 added.
10: 45am: Replying Congress President Rahul Gandhi on his remarks regarding mockery of Constitution, BJP chief Amit Shah tweeted: ” President of the Congress obviously doesn’t remember the glorious history of his party. The legacy of Mr Rahul Gandhi’s Party is the horrific Emergency, blatant misuse of Article 356, subverting the courts, media and civil society.”
10: 42am: JDS’ HD Kumaraswamy said that he will talk to his father and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda to take a lead and set a talk with all the regional parties. He said that he will urge his father to highlight the fact that how BJP is destroying democratic systems. He asserted that Opposition needs to come together to protect interests of the country.
10: 39am: On being asked about the Supreme Court overnight bench on Karnataka situation, Senior Counsel Mukul Rohtagi said, “‘There was no urgency according to me. There was no need for the matter to be listed at night. SC has the power to undo if any wrong is done. Last night we didn’t have all the papers, expect the petition”.
10: 36am: Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa reached Vidhan Soudha after being sworn-in as the Karnataka’s new Chief Minister on Thursday morning.
10: 12am: Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda has left his residence for Shangri-La Hotel, where JD(S) MLAs are lodged. Meanwhile, Congress MLA Khader was also seen outside Eagleton resort near Bengaluru. “All MLAs are in contact, the two MLAs who are not present here right now will come, I also just came back from Mangaluru,” Congress MLA Khader was quoted as saying.
10: 05am: Several BJP leaders started congratulated BSY after being sworn-in as new Chief Minister of Karnataka. BJP ministers including Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb Kumar and Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman took to their Twitter handle to congratulate BSY.
10: 04am: While the Opposition has gathered at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Vidhan Soudha to stage a protest against the sworn-in of BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister, the new CM took an oath on Thursday morning and was recently seen along with BJP leaders Ananth Kumar and Murlidhar Rao.
09: 47am: Slamming BJP, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said BJP is mocking the Constitution as it is trying to form the government in Karnataka even after it does not have the numbers. Rahul Gandhi took to his Twitter handle to hit at BJP and tweeted: “This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy”. His tweet came after the Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in Karnataka.
09: 43am: Congress holds a protest at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Vidhan Soudha, against BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as CM of Karnataka. GN Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal and Siddaramaiah present.
09: 40am: In a bid to protest against BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka. Congress MLAs including GN Azad, Ashok Gehlot and Siddaramaiah, gather at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Vidhan Soudha.
09: 28am: “The matter is pending before the Court. We will go to the people and we will tell them how BJP is going against the Constitution,” said former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
09: 09am: BSY is the Karnataka’s new Chief Minister. After taking an oath as Karnataka CM, Yeddyurappa shows victory sign, However, the crown remains uneasy as Supreme Court is still to hear Congress plea against the Governor’s invite to Yeddyurappa on Friday at 10: 30am.
09: 01am: Yeddyurappa takes an oath as Karnataka Chief Minister. The oath ceremony is underway. Yeddyurappa will be the Chief Minister of the state for the third time.
08:52am: BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa arrives at Raj Bhavan to take an oath as Karnataka Chief Minister shortly.
08: 40am: “I think all the precedents are with the Governor’s decision. We will get the support, we will prove our majority on the floor of the House,” said Ananth Kumar, BJP at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.
08: 35am: As Yeddyurappa leaves for Raj Bhavan, party workers present outside it in Bengaluru are chanting the slogans ‘Vande Mataram and Modi Modi’.
08: 23am: Bengaluru: BS Yeddyurappa leaves for Raj Bhavan, to take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister shortly.
08: 18am: Bengaluru: Swearing-in ceremony of BS Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister of Karnataka to begin shortly; Union Ministers JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar present at Raj Bhavan in Karnataka.