New Delhi/Bengaluru: BS Yeddyurappa has taken oath as Karnataka Chief Minister this morning after the Supreme Court, in a rare overnight hearing on a petition by the Congress and the Janata Dal Secular, refused to stop the ceremony. The BJP leader has been given 15 days to prove majority by the Governor on Wednesday evening. In an rare post-midnight hearing, the Supreme Court ruled out that it won’t stop Mr Yeddyurappa swearing-in. “As far as swearing-in is concerned, we are not restraining it, but we are making it subject to the outcome of the case,” a three-judge bench, comprising Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, said after the all-night hearing that stretched for three-and-a-half hours.
The Supreme Court will resume hearing the case Friday morning at 10.30 a.m. and has ordered the BJP to produce the letters submitted by BS Yeddyurappa to the governor by then.
Here are the live updates on race for government formation in Karnataka:
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 pic.twitter.com/QrzW8eHeAR
– ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
The ‘Murder of Democracy’ happens the minute a desperate Congress made an ‘opportunist’ offer to the JD(S), not for Karnataka’s welfare but for their petty political gains. Shameful!
– Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 17, 2018
Governor in Karnataka is doing the same as LG is doing in Delhi, both are playing with the Constitutional values.
– AAP (@AamAadmiParty) May 17, 2018
Congratulations to @BSYBJP on being sworn in as Karnataka CM. I am sure that the state, which has been deprived of growth for years, will be on a development track. Wishing you the very best in taking Karnataka to new heights of progress in the coming years.
– Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 17, 2018
Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashok Gehlot and former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah protest outside Karnataka Vidhana Soudha.
JDS lawmakers are expected to join the protest outside Karnataka Assembly in some time.
JDS HD Deve Gowda leaves from his residence for Shangri-La Hotel to meet party MLAs, reports ANI.
BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa has taken oath as Karnataka Chief Minister this morning after the Supreme Court, in a rare overnight hearing on a petition by the Congress and the Janata Dal Secular, refused to stop the ceremony. Mr Yeddyurappa’s party, the BJP, was invited to form the government and given 15 days to prove majority by Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday evening. The BJP has 105 lawmakers, including an Independent, in the 222-seat assembly and is seven short of majority. The Congress leaders, who along with their new alliance partners from the JDS met the governor yesterday to stake claim to form government, are protesting outside the Karnataka assembly, stressing the move was “against the constitution”.”
- The people of Karnataka have given a clear mandate
- We are ready to prove majority in the floor of the House
- We are confident that like-minded people will support us
On question of whether he will be made deputy Chief Minister
- Our only aim is that Yeddyurappa ji leads us in the Assembly.
- I am just a worker of the BJP.
- To form a government that the people of the state want as is clear by the mandate.
On Kumaraswamy’s allegation of Congress-JDS MLAs being offered Rs 100 cr
- What else is expected of (HD) Kumaraswamy. What else will he do?
- Everything he says is fake.
Congress and JD(S) lawmakers leave Eagleton Resort, to hold protest outside Karnataka Assembly. The lawmakers have been camping at the resort since yesterday to avoid defection.
The BJP has 105 lawmakers, including an Independent, in the 224-seat assembly and is seven short of majority.
Sri @BSYBJP takes oath in the name of farmers.
After suffering under the apathetic rule of Congress for last five years which saw the highest number of farmer suicides, Karnataka’s farmers are looking forward to a more hopeful & sensitive government led by BJP. #BSYNammaCM
– BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 17, 2018
The BJP’s irrational insistence that it will form a Govt. in Karnataka, even though it clearly doesn’t have the numbers, is to make a mockery of our Constitution.
This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy.
– Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 17, 2018
Yeddyurappa greeting guests at Raj Bhavan. He is now seated in the front row. Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, JP Nadda are present for the swearing-in ceremony.
Time has been given by Governor. I think we will get the support. BJP is the single largest party. We are going to prove majority on floor. Confident of having majority. We would have smooth, stable running of govt for 5 years. Writing is on the wall, Siddaramaiah and Congress have been rejected. This is the 22nd state, what more is required? People have said no to Siddaramaiah. People won’t allow an unholy alliance. We would be successful, Yeddyurappa taking Oath today, all requisites would follow.: Ananth Kumar, BJP
Sriramulu, who is expected to take oath as Deputy chief minister, arrives at Raj Bhavan.
Swearing-in ceremony of BS Yeddyurappa to begin shortly; Union Ministers JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar present at Raj Bhavan
In 2007, he was chief minister for 7 days (from 12 November – 19 November). Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the 25th Chief Minister of Karnataka on 12 November 2007. However, JD(S) refused to support his government over disagreement on sharing of ministries which resulted in his resignation as Chief Minister on 19 November 2007.
The following yer, he led the BJP to a historic victory in the state. He took the oath of office as Chief Minister on 30 May 2008. He remained the chief minister for 3 years, 62 days before he was forced to resign over a illegal mining case.
This politics of ‘Jugaad’ & arm twisting -for that matter, ‘Dhan-shakti’ over ‘Jan-shakti’ is neither acceptable nor desirable. Sir, there is a saying – you can’t fool all the people all the time to win/ gain anyhow by hook or by crook & moreover the same is not advisable too.2>3
– Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) May 17, 2018
It may be termed as penny wise pound foolish politics. Hope, wish & pray that good sense, maturity & wisdom prevails. Now the matter has gone to court & the court mercifully agreed for a mid night drama which is great news to begin with. We hold judiciary in very high esteem.3>4
– Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) May 17, 2018
We shall wait and watch. In the present situation, one really wishes that ultimately justice prevails. What is right for Peter should be right for Paul too. What is right for Meghalaya, Manipur & Goa should be right for Karnataka too !! God save Karnataka & Democracy! Jai Hind !!
– Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) May 17, 2018
अगर कर्नाटक में सबसे बड़ी पार्टी को सरकार बनाने का निमंत्रण दिया गया है तो महामहिम राष्ट्रपति से माँग करते है कि वो राज्यपाल महोदय को बिहार के जनादेश का चीरहरण कर चोर दरवाज़े से बनी सरकार को बर्खास्त करने का निर्देश देकर बिहार की सबसे बड़ी पार्टी को सरकार बनाने का निमंत्रण दिलवाए
– Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) May 16, 2018
In his invitation to BS Yeddyurappa, the governor had given him 15 days to prove majority on the floor of the house. Mr Yeddyurappa will take oath as Karnataka chief minister at 9 am today. His cabinet will be sworn in only after he is able to prove his majority.
In the Supreme Court, the government was represented by the government’s top law officer KK Venugopal and his deputies Tushar Mehta and Maninder Singh. Mr Venugopal’s predecessor, Mukul Rohatgi said he was appearing for some BJP legislators.
Sc deserves immeasurable kudos 4sitting 3+ half hrs frm 2am. Patient hearing par excellence. Tho no stay bench made swearing fully subject 2further orders. In a sense BSY’s oath is provisional. SC can change interim order tomm after seeing docs. Preponement of fl test also open.
– Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) May 17, 2018
I seek your support and blessings as I take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow on May 17 at 9 AM in Raj Bhavan. Honourable Governor Shri Vajubhai Vala will administer the oath.
– B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) May 16, 2018
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had agreed to open the doors of the Supreme Court at around 1 a.m. and constituted a three-judge bench to hear the last-minute petition that asked the judges to stop Mr Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in scheduled to be held a few hours later.
This is the second time that the Supreme Court is holding an overnight hearing. The first was in July 2015 when the top court held a 90-minute hearing in the middle of the night to hear a last-minute petition against the execution of Yakub Memon for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
Three BJP parliamentarians from Karnataka have complained that their phones are being tapped allegedly by the Congress government in the state.
The trio — Shobha Karandlaje, GM Siddeshwara and PC Mohan — has written letters to the union home minister, Lok Sabha speaker and top police officials in the state, seeking strict instructions to end this “pernicious practice”.
Good Morning Karnataka!
In a few hours from now, Sri @BSYBJP will be sworn in as Chief Minister as per your wishes.
While we will start a golden chapter in the history of Karnataka, the people of India, like the SC, will reject Congress’s mercy petition.#DemoracyWins
– BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 16, 2018
Mr Yedyurappa’s letter to the Governor will seal his fate. There is no mention of a number bigger than 104. The Governor’s invitation does not mention any number at all!
– P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) May 17, 2018
“As far as swearing-in is concerned, we are not restraining it, but we are making it subject to the outcome of the case,” the three-judge Supreme Court bench, comprising justices A K Sikri, Ashok Bhushan and SA Bobde, said.
The BJP contends that it should be allowed to form the government as it is the single largest party. The Congress disputes the claim, citing the precedent set by the BJP in Goa and Manipur last year. In both states, the Congress emerged as the single-largest party but the BJP cobbled up alliances and was invited to form the government.
Mr Yeddyurappa had been invited by Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, last evening, to form government in Karnataka