Bengaluru/ Mumbai: After two days of intense drama, B S Yeddyurappa today take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka after his party, the BJP, was invited to form government in the state.
The oath was administered to him by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala.
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 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 A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, said after the stretched three-and-a-half long hours of hearing.
The Supreme Court will resume hearing the case on Friday at 10.30 am and has ordered the BJP to produce the letters submitted by B S Yeddyurappa to the governor by then.
It is to be recalled that on the day of the voting in Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa said that he will form the new government in the state on May 17 after thumping victory.
"I will fly to Delhi on the 15th once the results are announced and meet Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi. I will invite him and others for the swearing in ceremony which is going to happen most likely on the 17th," he declared.
Here are updates from Karnataka:
09:28 pm: "All MLAs are in Bengaluru. BJP is accusing us of forgery while they are the ones who have done it. We have full faith in the Supreme Court. It will not repeat the same mistake as the Governor," senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
09:26 pm: "We will be shifted today. We will tell you more later. JD(S) MLAs are not coming along. The place has not been decided yet," senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy said.
09:22 pm: "BJP can't use 2 rules for 1 game. BJP, Central government and their governors have been exposed in front of the nation. It should be the duty of central govt to protect the constitution and democracy but it's unfortunate that we have to protect these from the central govt," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
08:55 pm: "I condemn horse trading, in general, as it's bad for all. We always respect democratic institutions. Problem is today somebody may come in power and tomorrow he may not be in power but if we violate the constitution, it's going to have an adverse effect on us," West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
08:26 pm: National President of JD(S) HD Deve Gowda had a telephonic conversation with Congress President Rahul Gandhi over the current political situation in the state of Karnataka.
08:20 pm: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala appoints Prabhuling K Navadgi as the Advocate General for the state of Karnataka in place of Madhusudan R Naik, who has resigned from the post.
07:54 pm: "BJP people are doing horse-trading. This is unethical and against the principles of democracy. No MLA will yield to their demand," Congress leader Siddaramaiah said.
07:45 pm: Delhi: Congress leaders held a prayer meeting at Raj Ghat this evening in protest against Karnataka Governor for inviting B S Yeddyurappa to form government there.
07:46 pm: "It's our responsibility to give security to our MLAs. I'm really surprised to see how Yeddyurappa is behaving. After taking oath he has already transferred 4 IPS officers. BJP's movement is laughable. All 38 MLAs are with me," JD(S)' H D Kumaraswamy.
07:35 pm: "There has been murder of democracy. Let us wait till tomorrow,we feel justice will be in favour of us. Already a chaos is happening throughout country. In Bihar, Goa, Manipur and other states where we were single largest party, they're asking for same formula," Congress leader D K Shivakumar said.
07:12 pm: “Whatever BJP has done in Karnataka is in accordance with rule book. Congress is ill informed and as a result is making these funny claims. They don't have faith in their MLAs as they have held them captive in a resort. JD(S) and Congress are scared after being exposed,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
07:02 pm: "We're seeking appointment from Governor for tomorrow. We were single largest party and had immediately met Governor after results were announced but we weren't invited to form government. Based on recent developments, if BJP can be given chance to form government, why not us," former Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh said.
06:20 pm: "This is not the system. Irrespective of whose government it is, it is their duty to provide protection, provide security to the elected representatives," Congress leader K H Muniyappa said on security withdrawn from outside Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru where Congress MLAs are lodged.
06:14 pm: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa visited Siddaganga Mutt and met Sri Shivakumara Swami in Tumakuru.
06:05 pm: Former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma have sought time from respective Governors of the state for a meeting on Friday.
05:52 pm: Congress members and workers also staged protests in Jaipur and Mumbai against Karnataka Governor’s order.
05:43 pm: Members and workers of Congress staged protest in Lucknow against Karnataka Governor for inviting B S Yeddyurappa to form government there.
05:41 pm: Visuals from outside Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru where Congress MLAs are lodged. Police forces stationed outside the resort have been removed.
05:22 pm: “How will the BJP prove majority? Amit Shah has only one formula, horse-trading or sending agencies like CBI and ED behind MLAs of other parties. It's dictatorship by the BJP. If we (Opposition) are not united today then what is happening in Karnataka and has happened in Bihar earlier will be repeated in Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan,” RJD's Tejashwi Yadav said.
05:04 pm: All India Congress Committee General Secretary Ashok Gehlot issues letter requesting all Pradesh Congress Committees, leaders and workers to organise state-wide dharnas at state capitals and district Head quarters on Friday to protest against Karnataka Governor for inviting B S Yedurappa to form government in Karnataka.
04:40 pm: Congress-JD(S) moves fresh plea in Supreme Court challenging Governor's decision to nominate an Anglo-Indian MLA to Assembly. Court to hear their plea on Friday along with the main case against Karnataka Governor for inviting B S Yeddyurappa to form government.
04:25 pm: "Vajubhai Vala had sacrificed his seat for Narendra Modi earlier and today he sacrificed Constitution and democracy for him. He conducted first encounter of the Constitution today when he invited BJP to form government. Today when he swore-in B S Yeddyurappa, he conducted its second encounter," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
04:24 pm: "In 2017, we won 17 seats and were single largest party and continue to be but Governor chose to invite the BJP which had 13 seats. In Karnataka, Governor invited BJP as they are the single largest party. So, we appeal to Governor to invite us to form government," Congress leader Yatish Naik said.
04:21 pm: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa arrives at BJP party office in Bengaluru.
04:10 pm: "B S Yeddyurappa is going to be the Chief Minister for a day, half of which has already gone by," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
04:04 pm: "We would be holding a one-day dharna tomorrow (Friday) against the murder of democracy in Karnataka. We also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka invite the single largest party, which in Bihar is the RJD," Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav said.
03:51 pm: “We are 117, out of that 1 or 2 are in touch with our leaders. They will come back, nothing to worry,” Ramalinga Reddy said when asked if Congress MLAs Pratap Gowda Patil and Anand Singh are missing.
03:50 pm: Congress Goa in-charge Chella Kumar to leave for Goa today. He along with other party leaders will meet the Governor tomorrow and say that being the single largest party Congress should be invited to form government in the state. If necessary Congress can parade its MLAs also at Governor house: ANI sources
02:35 pm: Another Congress MLA from Karnataka Pratap Gowda Patil is also missing now, say reports. Patil is Congress legislator from Maski constituency.
Patil first became MLA in 2008 from the BJP ticket. However, he switched loyalty in 2013 and contested from Congress ticket and retained his seat. In the recently concluded assembly elections in the state, Patil won with a slight margin of 213 votes.
02:28 pm: Punjab Chief Minister and Congress leader Amarinder Singh said, "The (Karnataka) Governor is going against the Constitution. The role of Governor is being dictated by the government. He was a RSS member and a Cabinet Minister under Modi Saheb in Gujarat. It is obvious that he will listen to the Centre."
01:55 pm: Advocate NP Amrutesh files PIL in Karnataka High Court against BJP forming government in the state. PIL states court should not allow defection of MLAs to BJP through resigning or cross voting.
01:29 pm: “All of us saw how Prime Minister Narendra Modi misused the office of Governor in Tamil Nadu. The same has been done in Karnataka. This is totally against democracy and rule of law. We condemn it,” says DMK leader M K Stalin.
01:11 pm: Speaking about the politics in Karnataka, senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani said, “What has BJP said to Governor, that he did such a stupid action? Order of Governor is open invitation to corruption.”
Jethmalani has approached the Supreme Court against Karnataka Governor’s invitation to BS Yeddyurappa for forming the government in the state.
#WATCH Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani speaks on Karnataka politics, says, 'What has BJP said to Guv, that he did such a stupid action? Order of Guv is open invitation to do corruption.' Jethmalani has approached SC against Karnataka Guv's invitation to Yeddyurappa for forming govt. pic.twitter.com/uLa0oXcPQZ— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
12:55 pm: Punjab Chief Minister and Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted, "Democracy has been brazenly manipulated, mutilated and massacred in Karnataka."
Democracy has been brazenly manipulated, mutilated and massacred in Karnataka. It does not augur well for the future of India. All eyes are now on the Supreme Court to come out in protection of the Constitutional ethos on which the very foundation of our nation rests.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 17, 2018
12:51 pm: "It (BJP) is a short lived government government, we are confident because we have the majority. We will fight for justice. 100 per cent, all our MLAs are with us," says Congress' DK Shivakumar.
12:43 pm: "It is a conspiracy to destroy the constitution made by Baba Saheb Ambedkar, since they (BJP) came to power they have been misusing government machinery, thereby attacking democracy," BSP chief Mayawati on BJP's B S Yeddyurappa being sworn in as Karnataka Chief Minister.
12:32 pm: "Independent MLAs are in touch with us, we will get the numbers", BJP MLA B Sriramulu on being asked about proving majority in floor test.
12:21 pm: "All Congress and JD(S) MLAs are here, all 118 MLAs," Siddaramaiah at protest outside Raj Bhawan.
12:10 pm: "Today constitution is being attacked. In Karnataka on one side there are MLAs standing and on the other side the Governor. JD(S) has said its MLAs have been offered Rs 100 crore each," Rahul Gandhi said.
12:09 pm: "RSS is making way into all institutions in the country. Aisa Pakistan ya tanashahi mein hota hai (such things either happen in Pakistan or in an autocratic regime), says Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Raipur.
11:54 am: "Wait till tomorrow or day after tomorrow," says Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on floor test.
11:47 am: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said, “Congress-JD(S) combine are trying to grab power through ‘immoral’ post-poll alliance.”
11:46 am: “I am sure of winning vote of confidence. My government will complete 5 years,” B S Yeddyurappa said in his first press meet after taking over as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
11:37 am: Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani mentioned before Chief Justice of India (CJI) Bench of Dipak Misra, justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud his application for urgent hearing against Karnataka Governor Virubhai Vala for inviting B S Yedyurappa for making government. The Bench directed him to mention it on Friday before an appropriate bench.
10:45 am: “I will request my father (HD Deve Gowda) to take the lead and talk to all regional parties and show how BJP is destroying democratic systems, we have to come together to protect interests of the country,” H D Kumaraswamy said.
10:40 am: JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy said, “Our plan is to safeguard MLAs. BJP and their ministers are working to purchase MLAs, people should know about attitude of the Central government. BJP does not have majority, how has the Governor behaved? He has misused his office.”
10:33 am: BJP national president Amit Shah tweeted:
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
10:32 am: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa reaches Vidhan Soudha.
10:31 am: Security heightened outside Vidhana Soudha, police personnel deployed at the Karnataka Assembly where Congress is protesting after B S Yeddyurappa was sworn in as chief minister.
10:30 am: Aam Aadmi Party on Twitter said, “Governor in Karnataka is doing the same as LG is doing in Delhi, both are playing with the Constitutional values.”
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
In current scenario they are only following the orders of BJP top brass without keeping the fact in mind that they are at constitutional posts.#DanceOfDemocracy pic.twitter.com/x0d9Yih3CQ
10:22 am: Union Minister Piyush Goyal congratulated B S Yeddyurappa.
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
10:05 am: Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Twitter said, “What is happening in Karnataka today is a rehearsal for what will happen after the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi.”
What is happening in Karnataka today is a rehearsal for what will happen after the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi.— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) May 17, 2018
09:52 am: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa along with BJP leaders Ananth Kumar and Murlidhar Rao.
09:28 am: BJP workers dance and celebrate outside Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru after their leader B S Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka.
09:13 am: Soon after the swearing in ceremony, Karnataka BJP said in its tweet:
Sri @BSYBJP takes oath in the name of farmers.— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 17, 2018
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
09:12 am: B S Yeddyurappa shows the victory sign after being sworn-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka.
09:04 am: Karnataka Governor hands over bouquet to newly-sworn Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.
09:03 am: People at Raj Bhawan chant "Modi-Modi" as B S Yeddyurappa swears in as the Chief Minister.
09:02 am: B S Yeddyurappa sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
09:01 am: B S Yeddyurappa takes oath as the Karnataka Chief Minister.
08:58 am: Governor Vajubhai Vala arrives at the venue where B S Yeddyurappa will swear-in as the chief minister
08:56 am: BS Yeddyurappa reaches Raj Bhawan.
08:51 am: 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
08:50 am: Karnataka Chief Minister designate B S Yeddyurappa offers prayers at a temple before his swearing-in ceremony.
08:49 am: Sriramulu, who is expected to take oath as Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, arrives at Raj Bhavan.
08:47 am: Congress President Rahul Gandhi in his tweet said: "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.
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.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 17, 2018
This morning, while the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy.
08:45 am: Swearing-in ceremony of B S Yeddyurappa to begin shortly; Union Ministers JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar present at Raj Bhavan.
08:41 am: In its Twitter page, Karnataka BJP said the "golden period for Karnataka set to return with B S Yeddyurappa swearing in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka."
08:40 am: This is the second time B S Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
BJP won the Karnataka Assembly election in 2008 and Yeddyurappa took the oath of office as Chief Minister on May 30, 2008. He remained the chief minister for 3 years, 62 days before he was forced to resign over an illegal mining case.
Yeddyurappa became the Chief Minister in 2007, but his tenure lasted for just 7 days (from 12 November - 19 November). Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the 25th Chief Minister of Karnataka on November 12, 2007. However, JD(S) refused to support his government over disagreement on sharing of ministries which resulted in his resignation as Chief Minister on November 19, 2007.
08:35 am: B S Yeddyurappa leaves for Raj Bhawan where he will take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
08:30 am: Overnight hearing in the Supreme Court
Here's what happened in the apex court
May 16: 10:30 pm: Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) move the Supreme Court.
May 16: 11:00 pm: Supreme Court registrat scrutinises the petition filed by the Congress and the JD(S).
May 17: 12:25 am: Registrar reached Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra's residence.
May 17: 01:00: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra constitutes 3-judge bench.
May 17: 02:10 am: Hearing begins in the Supreme Court.
May 17: 05:30 am: Hearing concludes in the Supreme Court. The court after the hearing ruled out that it won't stop B S 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."
08:05 am: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's letter inviting BJP to form government in the state.
07:35 am: Visuals from outside Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru. B S Yeddyurappa to take oath as Karnataka Chief Minister at 9 am.
07:15 am: Visuals from outside B S Yeddyurappa's residence, in Bengaluru.
07:09 am: B S Yeddyurappa on his Twitter sought support and blessings of people.
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
06:49 am: BJP Karnataka tweets a post on its Twitter handle which read: “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.”
Good Morning Karnataka!— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) May 16, 2018
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
06:41 am: B S Yeddyurappa had been invited by Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, on Tuesday evening, to form government in Karnataka....