Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | Last Update : 05:59 AM IST
It is now Governor Vajubhai Vala’s call on who he will invite to form the state government in Karnataka.
Bengaluru: Karnataka was a hotbed of political negotiations, secret huddles and brave faces on Wednesday, the day after the fractured Assembly result made it clear it would be a long and debatable way to government formation.
It is now Governor Vajubhai Vala’s call on who he will invite to form the state government in Karnataka. The BJP -- as the single-largest party -- and new friends Congress-JD(S) have both staked claim on the throne.
Missing MLAs are nothing new in Indian politics and true to form, five reportedly have gone missing since Wednesday morning – three from the Congress and two from the JD(S). There are other allegations of clandestine offers of ministership to shore up the magic number of 112 required to form government in Karnataka.
Here are live updates of what is happening in Karnataka today:
09:50 pm: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on B S Yeddyurappa taking oath as CM says, "The party that blew up the constitution to shambles is teaching us the constitution, the party that imposed President rule the most number of times is giving us lessons."
09:45 pm: Tomorrow BS Yeddyurappa will be taking oath (as CM of Karnataka) alone, after proving majority cabinet will be sworn in: Muralidhar Rao, BJP
09:37 pm: News agency ANI tweets Karnataka Governor's letter inviting BJP's B S Yeddyurappa to form government
09:33 pm: BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai said, "Governor has invited B S Yeddyurappa to form government. Official communication has been received. Governor has given 15 days to prove majority and oath will take place at 9 am tomorrow (Thursday)."
09:25 pm: Karnataka BJP’s official twitter handle reposts that B S Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as chief minister tomorrow. However, the time has been changed from 9:30 am to 9 am.
The moment that crores of Kannadigas are awaiting is here.— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 16, 2018
Sri @BSYBJP will take oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow morning at 9.00 AM at Raj Bhavan.
The movement to build our Suvarna Karnataka has started. #CMBSY
08:54 pm: Bengaluru: BJP Karnataka in-charge Prakash Javadekar shows victory symbol on being asked if Governor has sent a letter inviting BJP to form government.
08:45 pm: Congress MLAs arrive at Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru.
08:41 pm: BJP MLA Suresh Kumar also deletes tweet announcing Yeddyurappa's oath-taking ceremony.
8:39 pm: BJP deletes tweets announcing Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as CM.
08:36 pm: "Governor holds an exalted constitutional office, he shouldn't walk on a perilous path which is illegal. He's bound by Supreme Court judgement, bound to invite leader of alliance which is presented to him as an alliance that commands maturity of members in legislative assembly," P Chidambaram added.
08:35 pm: "Congress and JD(S) clearly establish majority yet Governor hasn't taken decision to invite Shri Kumaraswamy to form government. We heard Governor may have invited B S Yeddyurappa but since it is not confirmed we are proceeding on basis that Governor has not decided to invite anyone," Congress leader P Chidambaram said.
08:32 pm: Karnataka BJP’s official twitter handle said BS Yeddyurappa to be sworn in as chief minister tomorrow at 9:30am.
The moment that crores of Kannadigas are awaiting is here.
Sri @BSYBJP will take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow morning at 9.30 AM at Raj Bhavan.
The movement to build our Suvarna Karnataka has begun. #CMBSY
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 16, 2018
07:58 pm: BJP MLA Suresh Kumar, in a tweet,which he too later deleted, said, "B S Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as Chief Minister of the state at Raj Bhavan tomorrow at 9:30 am on Thursday." He further urged people to join and participate in the event.
05:44 pm: "The Governor assured us that he will abide by the constitution and give his decision. All MLAs are safely kept. We are fighting. Let us see what happens," Kumaraswamy added.
05:43 pm: Following the meeting with the Governor, H D Kumaraswamy said, "We have met the governor and have submitted the necessary documents which show that we have the numbers required to form the government. We have requested the Governor to consider our claim to form the next government."
05:30 pm: Congress and JD (S) leaders meet Governor Vajubhai Vala.
05:15 pm: JD(S) workers protest against BJP outside Governor house in Bengaluru
04:32 pm: Bengaluru: Congress MLAs leave for Raj Bhavan from Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office.
03:48 pm: BJP's Ananth Kumar, Dharmendra Pradhan, JP Nadda and Muralidhar Rao met B S Yedyurappa at his residence in Bengaluru.
03:45 pm: JD(S) and Congress to meet Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala at 5 pm, reports ANI
03:30 pm: "If Congress-JD(S) are not invited by the Governor then the MLAs will sit on a 'dharna' outside Raj Bhawan from tomorrow. MPs may also join them" news agency ANI sources said.
03:18 pm: When asked if the Congress will go for a legal option, Azad said, "Stealing of MLAs shouldn't be allowed. No Governor can go against the Constitution. We can't tell you whom we will approach and whom not. At this juncture, we've complete faith in Governor that he will go by the Constitution and not party politics."
03:17 pm Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Since 12-12:30 pm we are seeking appointment with Governor so that we can handover our two letters. First of legislator party of Congress and another of legislator party of JD(S). We haven't received any message from the Governor so far. We are waiting eagerly."
02:41 pm: Signatures of JDS and Congress MLAs being taken in support of HD Kumaraswamy. The document will be submitted to the Governor later today.
02:27 pm: "We have 117 MLAs, Governor has to give opportunity to us (JDS-Congress combine) to form government," Siddaramaiah said.
02:25 pm: Outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah accuses Prime Minister Narendra Modi of encouraging horse-trading.
02:08 pm: "No question of asking for anything (on reports that he wants to be Deputy CM). Our priority right now is to have a secular government. All the 78 MLAs are together," Congress leader D K Shivakumar said.
02:06 pm: On reports of some Congress MLAs missing from the legislative assembly meeting at Karnataka Party Congress Committee office in Bengaluru, Congress leader G Parameshwara said, "All the MLAs are intact. Some of the MLAs came late because they came in a special flight from Bidar."
01:51 pm: "Rs 100 crore figure is not only imaginary but it is what Congress-JDS do politics through. We are going by the rules, we have submitted our claim to the Governor and are confident of forming the government," Javadekar added.
01:50 pm: On horse-trading allegations, Karnataka BJP in-charge Prakash Javadekar said, "They are leveling baseless charges against BJP. Poaching and horse trading is not done by the BJP, Congress is famous for it. Their own MLAs are not happy with their alliance."
01:15 pm: “They (BJP) keep on calling but we don't bother about it. I have clearly asked them not to call me. I am a committed Congress person. They have been doing this from long time. This is their job,” Congress MLA TD Rajegowda on being asked if BJP had approached him
01:03 pm: This is a bogus news. No Javadekar, no BJP leader has met me till now: HD Kumaraswamy, on being asked if he had met BJP Karnataka in-charge Prakash Javadekar
12:55 pm: We will meet the Governor once again. There is no question of unconditional support. We will run the government smoothly with the Congress, says HD Kumaraswamy
12:50 pm: On being asked if he has met BJP Karnataka in-charge Prakash Javadekar, HD Kumaraswamy said, “Who is Javadekar? Who is that gentleman?” He said it is not necessary for me to meet anyone
12:42 pm: On the reports of poaching, HD Kumaraswamy said, “Forget 'Operation Kamal' being successful, there are people who are ready to leave BJP and come with us. If you try to poach one from ours, we'll do the same and take double from you. I'm also telling the Governor to not take any decision which encourages horse-trading.”
12:38 pm: “BJP's Ashwamedha Yatra started in North, the horses have been stopped in Karnataka. This verdict is to stop the Ashwamedha Yatra,” HD Kuamaraswamy
12:35 pm: “I have been offered from both sides (Congress and BJP). I am not saying this loosely. There's a black spot on my father's career because of my decision to go with the BJP in 2004 and 2005. So God has given me opportunity to remove this black spot. So I am going with Congress,” HD Kuamaraswamy
12:27 pm: Talking to the media after being elected as the JD(S) legislative party leader, HD Kumaraswamy said, "JD(S) MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore each. Where is this black money coming from? They (BJP) are supposedly the servers of poor people and they are offering money today. Where are the income tax officials?"
12:12 pm: "When it comes to proving the majority, party has to show numbers, we will do that for sure. I can't speak openly but we will definitely prove the majority. It is BJP who was given the mandate by people," says Bhagwanth Khuba
12:03 pm: HD Kumaraswamy chosen as legislative party leader in a meeting of the JD(S) MLAs in Bengaluru
11:47 am: "The party has chosen me. I have given the letter to the Governor and he will call me, that is what I am hoping. He told me that he will take an appropriate decision. I'll inform you after I receive letter from Governor," BS Yeddyurappa
11:43 am: “HD Kumaraswamy will be the chief minister and there will be a coalition government. That is the only truth. People want him to be the CM. These kind of mechanistion will happen but the fact is that HD Kumaraswamy will be CM. We won't be influenced by anyone,” says JD(S) leader A Manjunath
11:40 am: 66 of 78 MLAs reached for Congress legislative meeting at Karnataka Party Congress Committee office in Bengaluru
11:35 am: "We have to protect the verdict of the people. They (BJP) are doing bad politics. We don't have to stoop down to their level. We are 118 in number number, we don't want anyone. No body has called me to the resort," says Congress' NA Harris
11:26 am: “We are all together. All this is false news. In fact there are 6 BJP people, who are touch with us,” Congress’ MB Patil
11:05 am: JD(S)' MLAs Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda are missing from the JD(S) legislative party meeting which is underway in a hotel in Bengaluru
10:50 am: JD(S) legislative party meeting begins in Bengaluru
10:49 am: “Governor is obliged to call largest party, which is BJP. He should call BJP leader asking him if he can form government. If he says he can't, governor will then call second party and if he says he can form the government the governor should give him time to prove majority,” former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi
10:43 am: “We are the single largest party. You have seen how Congress and JD(S) were fighting, six months back. Now, they want to come together and make government,” Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda
10:40 am: “We have already decided to go with Congress. That's the reason we called Janta Dal (Secular) Legislature Party meeting. There is no question of taking any other decision,” HD Kumaraswamy
10:35 am: “People want BJP government and we will make it. Anyone can create unnatural tensions, but people of Karnataka are with us. After meeting, we will take necessary steps. This attempt made by Congress to make a backdoor entry is not appreciated,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar
10:33 am: “During the legislature party meeting the leader will be elected. From there we will go to Raj Bhavan immediately. We will claim to form the government. Most probably we will ask the Governor to give us time tomorrow,” BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa
10:10 am: “I don't know what they (BJP) are offering but they are trying to call our people, but they are not responding. We are all together, no one can touch our party. Our party MLAs are loyal to the party,” JD(S) leader Saravana said
10:07 am: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “JD(S) has all the faith in their MLAs. Nobody is going to go away. Let BJP try, whatever they want to.”
10:03 am: JD(S) and Congress have the numbers. I hope, the governor will discharge his constitutional duties and invite HD Kumaraswamy to talk. If BJP puts pressure on the governor, it will be the death of Democracy, says JD(S) leader Danish Ali
09:55 am: “We believe in all our MLAs. BJP is trying hard to get them. They don't believe in democracy, BJP just wants power. All the people are happy, nobody is unhappy here,” says Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy
09:45 am: Outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, “All the Congress MLAs are intact. Nobody is missing. We are confident of forming the government.”
09:43 am: “Yes definitely there is a plan. We have to safeguard our MLAs, We will let you know what is the plan,” Congress leader DK Shivakumar said. He added, “They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs, we know that. Everyday there is a lot of pressure. But it not so easy because two parties have the necessary number. People are watching this.”
09:20 am: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "The single largest party doesn't have the numbers. BJP has 104, we (Congress and JDS) have 117. Governor cannot take sides. Can a person who is there to save constitution, destroy it too? The Governor has to cut all its previous associations, be it BJP or RSS."
09:13 am: "Political scenario will unfold in next 2-3 days. It depends on development in political parties. As of now, we aren't approaching any individuals but politics is art of possibility," BJP's Basavaraj Bommai
09:07 am: "I got a call from the BJP leaders. They said come to us and we'll give a ministry to you. We'll make you a minister. But, I'm going to stay here. HD Kumaraswamy is our Chief Minister," said Congress leader Amaregouda Linganagouda Patil Bayyapur
08:59 am: “There is no doubt we will form government, 100 per cent we'll do that. Wait and watch. Results came out only yesterday. It has been only a day. See what can happen in Karnataka in a day,” says BJP’s KS Eshwarappa.