The high voltage drama of Karnataka government formation will get a new turn today. As it is a fate-day of the newly elected CM BS Yeddyurappa who sworn in as CM of the Karnataka after Governor Vajubhai Vala invited BJP to form its government and prove its majority within 15 days in Assembly. Well, Supreme will resume the hearing on the Congress petition today. The top court has directed that letters sent by BJP showcasing its majority to Governor Vajubhai Vala for government formation be placed before it.
The Congress on Thursday moved to Supreme Court challenging Governor Vala invitation to BJP and not to JDS's HD Kumaraswamy and to put stay on BS Yeddyurappa's oath ceremony as chief minister of Karnataka. The top court on Thursday rejected the plea to put stay on the Governor's decision.
The Congress MLAs who were being shifted to Hyderabad have arrived at Park Hyatt hotel for their stay. Security has been tightened in and around the area, says reports. According to reports, several Congress MLAs moved out of Eagleton resort and Shangri-La hotel in Bengaluru and left for Puducherry, while a few JDS MLAs have been shipped off to Cochin and Hyderabad.
BS Yeddyurappa has been sworn-in as the chief minister of Karnataka after the Supreme Court refused to stay Governor's decision. However, the top court has kept it subject to the case outcome. Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to Yeddyurappa at the Raj Bhavan amid tight security. The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) leaders, however, protested against the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa outside Vidhan Sabha and termed the governor's decision "unconstitutional".
"Constitutionally, we (JD(S) and Congress) should have been given the chance to form the government as we together have the majority in the Assembly. The governor's decision to invite the BJP to form the government is against the Constitution," state unit Congress chief G Parameshwara told reporters in Bengaluru.
Karnataka Government Formation Supreme Court Verdict Live Updates:
13:05 (IST) Mr.Yeddyurappa who has 104 MLAs including himself, in the letter requested for 7 days, he had no other name, yet Governor invited him. It was unconstitutional, Governor even gave him 15 days time, says Siddaramaiah
12:21 (IST) As per the directions of Supreme Court, we are expected to prove our majority tomorrow. We are sending our file to Karnataka governor to call an assembly session at 11 am tomorrow. We are going to prove majority, says BS Yeddyurappa, CM of Karnataka.
12:17 (IST) Will discuss with Chief secretary and call for assembly session tomorrow. We are 100% confident that we will prove full majority, says Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa on Supreme Court's order for floor test
12:11 (IST) We will prove our majority, says BS Yeddyurappa
BS Yeddyurappa said that the BJP will prove its majority in the floor of the House. "Tomorrow we will win with majority and obey the orders of the Supreme Court," Yeddyurappa told reporters.
12:09 Congress' official statement: Supreme Court has taken a historic decision by ordering floor test tomorrow
"Today Supreme Court has taken many historic and interim decisions. First is, floor test will be conducted tomorrow at 4 pm. Then, BSY's lawyer has given an undertaking that BS Yeddyurappa will not take any major policy decision until the floor test. Most importantly, Supreme Court will hear our petition which questions whether the governor should first invite the single largest party or should invite parties which have the number in ten weeks. There were several oppositions to our stand but the Supreme Court has delivered a strong ruling and it should send a message to everyone who was opposed to this."
12:04 (IST) What the Supreme Court ruled in Congress plea over Governor invitation to BJP to form a government
“After hearing the parties, we are of the opinion that it is necessary to peruse the letters dated 15th May 2018 and 16th May 2018 submitted by the respondent no.3(Yeddyurappa) to the Governor which found a mention in the communication dated 16th May 2018 of the Hon’ble Governor. We request the learned Attorney General and/or respondent no.3 to produce these letters on the next date of hearing.
This Court is not passing any order staying the oath-taking ceremony of respondent no.3. In case, he is given an oath in the meantime, that shall be subject to further orders of this Court and the final outcome of the writ petition”, stated the order of the court.
12:02 (IST) Union minister Prakash Javadekar expresses confidence ahead of tomorrow's trust vote in floor test.
11:59 (IST) Congress' official statement: Supreme Court has taken a historic decision by ordering floor test tomorrow
"Today Supreme Court has taken many historic and interim decisions. First is, floor test will be conducted tomorrow at 4 pm. Then, BSY's lawyer has given an undertaking that BS Yeddyurappa will not take any major policy decision until the floor test. Most importantly, Supreme Court will hear our petition which questions whether the governor should first invite the single largest party or should invite parties which have the number in ten weeks. There were several opposition to our stand but the Supreme Court has delivered a strong ruling and it should send a message to everyone who were opposed to this."
11:56 (IST) Supreme Court also said that member of Anglo-Indian community cannot be nominated, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress
11:53 (IST) Supreme Court also said that oath should be administered to all MLAs before the floor test tomorrow and BS Yeddyurappa cannot take any policy decisions until tomorrow, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress
11:48 (IST) SC has delivered a historic verdict, many important directions have been given, one of them being that floor test has to be conducted at 4 pm tomorrow under a protem speaker, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi
11:43 (IST) We welcome the Supreme Court's order. We will prove majority on the floor of the House tomorrow, we are ready for floor test: Shobha Karandlaje, BJP
11:40 (IST) SC verdict has upheld constitutional morality & democracy. It's a judgement that should be celebrated. Faith of people in wisdom of SC is vindicated once again. It's set back for a party that wanted to usurp power, says Ashwani Kumar, Congress on SC directing floor test in Karnataka Assembly
SC verdict has upheld constitutional morality&democracy. It's a judgement that should be celebrated. Faith of people in wisdom of SC is vindicated once again. It's set back for a party that wanted to usurp power:Ashwani Kumar,Congress on SC directing floor test in K'taka Assembly pic.twitter.com/2srcDuygg0— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2018
10:43 (IST) MLAs who were staying at B'luru resort received threats,we wanted to take them to Kerala by air but permission was not granted,ultimately they had to travel by road. Is this democracy?No one trusts Constitution anymore, people have faith only in judiciary:GN Azad, Congress in Hyd
10:41 (IST) Certainly (BJP has the numbers), without that how can we form the govt?: BJP's Sadananda Gowda; on Congress MLAs being taken to Hyderabad he said, 'It is their right no? They can take them anywhere, even to Pakistan.'
10:39 (IST) Karnataka Congress MLAs arrive at Hyderabad's Taj Krishna Hotel, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) head Uttam Kumar Reddy also present.
10:09 (IST) We'll show CM's letter to Court, it shows he has support & support will be shown in the house. There is no issue of horse-trading, it is the other way, as MLAs have been taken to resorts, says Mukul Rohatgi, BJP's lawyer, on being asked if they have numbers he said, 'yes.'
9:55 (IST) Spoke to our former Prime Minister Shri HD Deve Gowda Ji and conveyed birthday wishes to him. I pray for his good health and long life, tweets Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
09:45 (IST) Visuals from Park Hyatt Hotel. Congress MP from Karnataka, DK Suresh, says, 'They (MLAs) are coming here, we are arranging everything here. We are waiting for them, in another 2 hours they will come, JD(S) and Congress both.'
#Hyderabad: Visuals from Park Hyatt Hotel. Congress MP from #Karnataka, DK Suresh, says, 'They (MLAs) are coming here, we are arranging everything here. We are waiting for them, in another 2 hours they will come, JD(S) and Congress both.' pic.twitter.com/CGDVINUOSU— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2018
9:30 (IST) Don't know where the MLAs are? They are misleading people for last 3-4 days. You will know how we will prove the majority&how many MLAs support the govt. We will respect SC's judgement, it'll have a bearing on further development of political scenario in Karnataka: B Bommai, BJP
8:20 (IST) All eyes on the Supreme Court ahead of the hearing of the Congress petition challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite the Bharatiya Janata party to form the government in the state Karnataka Verdict
8:15 (IST) I'm definite they (Karnataka JD(S) MLAs) aren't coming by flight so I'm moving to Kurnool. Not sure about destination if they come here, they're welcome. I was expecting them y'day but Civil Aviation Dept didn't give permission to charter flight: MT Thomas, Kerala JD(S) MLA & Min