The high voltage drama of Karnataka government formation from the result counting day to floor test day is at its peak. Where BJP has to prove its 112 support, who has 104 MLAs support are half way back, have been accused of luring Congress MLAs. According to reports, Congress MLAs Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil who has been missing have been allegedly kept captive in Bengaluru's Gold Finch Hotel. Additional Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh along with his team is leaving for the hotel, the report said.
Congress leader Veerapa Moily said that BJP will be "exposed" to the whole world. "They (BJP) know very well that they are 104. Still, they are trying everything and anything to buy our MLAs. But, our MLAs are intact. The Supreme Court turned down Congress and JD(S)' plea against the appointment of KG Bopaiah as the pro tem Speaker KG Bopaiah. However, it allowed the live telecast of the trust vote.
The Congress- JDS moved to Supreme Court against the governor's appointment of KG Bopaiah as the pro-tem Speaker. The top court ruled out the petition of both the party. However, it allowed the live telecast of the trust vote. The floor test will be taken at 4 pm on Saturday
Ahead of the trust vote, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said that it wasn't an important day for him. "The important days will come in future. Till 4 pm, BJP will try to poach our MLAs. All the MLAs are together; no one is going to go to the other side," he said.
Ramalinga Reddy claimed that Congress MLA will defy the party whip during the trust vote on Saturday. "Physically he is not with us, but he is in contact with our leaders... He will definitely vote for us" he said.
Here are the latest and important LIVE updates of Karnataka's Floor Test:
17:49 (IST) Everyone will be happy about it. PM & BJP Pres tried to deride democracy. What message did they give by encouraging the corrupt? BJP brought back Janardhan Reddy to the forefront and did politics, AP CM Chandrababu Naidu on BS Yeddyurappa's resignation as Karnataka CM
17:45 (IST) BJP's BS Yeddyurappa submits resignation as Chief Minister of Karnataka to Governor Vajubhai Vala.
17:19 (IST) Iss desh main wafadari ka naya kirtimaan sthaapit kiya hai Vajubhai Vala ji ne, ab shayad Hindustan ka har aadmi apne kutte ka naam Vajubhai Vala hi rakhega kyunki isse zyada wafaadaar toh koi ho hi nahi sakta, says Sanjay Nirupam, Congress
17:17 (IST) This is a big blow for them(BJP) and I think what they had been planning all along for 2019 has failed, they will now have to rethink and alter their strategies, says Mayawati on BS Yeddyurappa's resignation as Karnataka CM
17:06 (IST) What is he saying about PM Modi? This is the PM who has provided a scam less govt. If he puts such an allegation, the people will say he has lost his mind, says Ananth Kumar, BJP on Rahul Gandhi's statement, 'PM is corruption.'
17:06 (IST) Prime Minister not bigger than India, says Rahul Gandhi
"Today it has been proved that the country's institutions are bigger which murder accused Amit Shah should realise... And my message to the prime minister will also be that he should understand that he is not bigger than India, he is not bigger than the institutions of this country, that he is not bigger than our democracy. But I do not think he will understand this as he has been schooled all his life in the RSS ideology, which teaches him not to take any institution more seriously than the RSS," Rahul said.
16:59 (IST) Prime Minister openly authorised horse-trading, he is himself corruption
"You would have seen that there are audio recordings of how BJP was trying to purchase our MLAs. And this was directly sanctioned from New Delhi. This showed how the prime minister was openly sanctioning this," Rahul said.
He said, "This shows that all the anti-corruption talk by Prime Minister Modi is a blatant lie. This shows that he is corruption."
16:58 (IST) You've seen openly how the PM directly authorized purchasing of MLAs in Karnataka, so the idea that PM spreads in the country that he is fighting corruption, is a blatant lie, he is corruption, says Rahul Gandhi
16:54 (IST) I am proud that opposition stood together & defeated the BJP and we will continue to do so, says Rahul Gandhi after BS Yeddyurappa's resignation as Karnataka CM
16:51 (IST) Did you notice that after the entire exercise in Karnataka Vidhan Sabha, the BJP legislators & speaker chose to leave the house before the national anthem? It shows they can disrespect any institution if in power, both BJP & RSS have disrespected institutions, says Rahul Gandhi
16:48 (IST) Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's press conference begins
16:45 (IST) Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to address media shortly
16:43 (IST) 'When the puppeteers fail, the puppet falls and breaks,' Chidamabaram's swipe on BSY, Amit Shah and Modi
Poor Mr Yeddyurappa. When the puppeteers fail, the puppet falls and breaks.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) May 19, 2018
15:38 (IST) Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge with BJP leaders Ananth Kumar and Shobha Karandlaje present in Karnataka's Vidhana Soudha
15:25 (IST) I was with my brother in Taj West End. Nobody was in my contact. I don't even know who are they, Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil (Congress MLAs). I did not even go to Goldfinch Hotel, says Somashekara Reddy, BJP MLA & brother of Janardan Reddy to ANI
15:15 (IST) BJP's Shobha Karandlaje when asked about the Floor Test, which will be conducted shortly, smiles and says, 'Wait and see. In politics every decision is wonderful & happy.'
15:04 (IST) Dramatic visuals of the moment when Congress MLA Pratap Gowda Patil who was said to be missing, entered Vidhana Soudha.
14:58 (IST) Congress MLA Pratap Gowda Patil having lunch at Vidhana Soudha, Congress's DK Suresh and Dinesh Gundu Rao present with him.
Bengaluru: Congress MLA Pratap Gowda Patil having lunch at Vidhana Soudha, Congress's DK Suresh and Dinesh Gundu Rao present with him. pic.twitter.com/dZwx9zFhKa— ANI (@ANI) May 19, 2018
14:49 (IST) Congress MLA Pratap Gowda Patil seen leaving from Goldfinch Hotel for Vidhana Soudha
14:45 (IST) Congress releases another audio tape, this time alleging that BS Yeddyurappa offered ministerial post to MLA BC Patil.
Audio of Yeddyurappa trying to bribe Congress MLA BC Patil released. Shameless Yeddyurappa doing horse trading openly. pic.twitter.com/HyPAzzpN7t— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) May 19, 2018
14:40 (IST) Pratap Gowda Patil has come. He will take oath as an MLA then he will vote for the Congress. He will not betray Congress party, says DK Shivakumar, Congress
14:35 (IST) I am sure he will resign before the trust vote: DK Shivakumar, Congress on CM BS Yeddyurappa
13:57 (IST) One of the 'missing' Congress MLAs Anand Singh seen leaving Bengaluru's Goldfinch hotel
13:30 (IST) Security tightened outside Goldfinch Hotel in Bengaluru where reportedly the two 'missing' Congress MLAs are holed up
12:59 (IST) BJP MLA G Somashekhar Reddy is with the two 'missing' Congress MLAs Anand Singh and Pratap Gouda, ANI Sources
12:56 (IST) VS Ugrappa, Congress said, "He (BJP's BY Vijayendra) called the wife of a Congress MLA and asked her to request her husband to vote for Yeddyurappa. He said, we'll give your husband a ministry or else we'll give Rs 15 crore to your husband:
11:45 (IST) BJP will be exposed to the whole world. They know very well that they are 104, still they are trying everything & anything to buy our MLAs. But, our MLAs are intact. Two of our MLAs are still not here, whenever they come they will surely support us, says Veerapa Moily, Congress
11:40 (IST) After winning assembly elections, B Sriramulu & BS Yeddyurappa have resigned from Lok Sabha, their resignations have been accepted by the Speaker.
11:38 am: Two Congress MLAs Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil have not yet come to the assembly for oath-taking.
11:17 (IST) "The SC heard the pleas of the Congress, all their pleas have been rejected. The desperate attempts of Congress to remove him from post has failed. I think they are scared and did not even want a floor test in the first place," said senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi.
11:15 (IST): Supreme Court rejects Congress-JD(S) plea challenging appointment of pro tem speaker KG Bopaiah, he will continue to be pro-tem speaker
11:14 (IST) Siddaramaiah takes oath as MLA at Vidhana Soudha
11:12 (IST) Supreme Court says, "Live broadcast of floor test would be the best way to ensure transparency of proceedings."
11:10 (IST) Supreme Court says, "Law can't direct the Governor to appoint a particular person as Pro-tem Speaker. Unless convention becomes legal norm, it can't be enforced by Court."
11:08 (IST) Kapil Sibal argues "I am requesting that don't allow KG Bopaiah to take the floor test."
10:59 (IST) Plea challenging appointment of pro tem speaker: Justice SA Bobde says, "There've been instances where senior most MLA wasn't appointed as Pro tem speaker."
Kapil Sibal replies saying, "KG Bopaiah has different history. His decision of disqualification was set aside by this Court earlier."
10:56 (IST) Hearing on Congress-JD(S) plea challenging appointment of pro tem speaker KG Bopaiah: Kapil Sibal says, "Long standing convention has been broken after the appointment of Bopaiah', adds "Even SC has ratified this practice in two judgments."