Congress MLAs To Be Flown Out Of Karnataka To Prevent Defections

Karnataka government formation: BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka Chief Minister.

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:


Congress lawmakers will be flown out of Karnataka to avoid poaching by BJP leaders. The party has 78 lawmakers and fears some of them will defect to BJP as Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa tries to prove majority in the assembly. As per reports, the lawmakers will be flown to Kochi, Kerala. 

Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa reaches Vidhan Soudha

Police personnel deployed at Vidhana Soudha

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.

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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”.”
Congress holds protest at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Vidhan Soudha

We are confident that like-minded people will support us: Sriramulu

  • 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. 

Yeddyurappa shows the victory sign after being sworn-in as Chief Minister
Yeddyurappa takes oath as chief minister

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.

Yeddyurappa arrives at Raj Bhawan

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

Visuals from outside Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru
Yeddyurappa leaves for Raj Bhawan
This is the third time Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as chief minister

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.

Shatrughan Sinha on BJP’s bid to form government

Governor Vajubhai Vala’s letter inviting BJP to form government

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.

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”.

“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

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