Karnataka government formation: Events as they unfolded on May 16, 2018

With 104 MLAs, the BJP is the single largest party, while the JD(S)-Congress coalition, formed after the election results were declared, has 116 legislators. It has also claimed support of an independent MLA.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 00:33
Pic courtesy: ANI

Bengaluru: Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday invited BJP legislature party leader BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in Karnataka. "I invite you (Yeddyurappa) to form the government and be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka," a Raj Bhavan communique said. The Governor also asked 75-year-old BJP leader to seek a vote of confidence within 15 days of assuming office as the CM.

Toiling hard to control the levers of power in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa and HD Kumaraswamy, the leader of the newly formed JD(S)-Congress alliance had earlier met Vala and staked claim to form the government.

With 104 MLAs in the 224-member Assembly, the BJP is the single largest party, while the JD(S)-Congress coalition, formed after the election results were declared, has 116 legislators. It has also claimed support of an independent MLA.

With there being precedents of both, Governors inviting either the leader of the single largest party or that of a post-poll coalition to form the government, Vala, a former RSS-BJP veteran from Gujarat, opted for the former.

Here are the updates:

16 May 2018, 23:40 PM

16 May 2018, 23:37 PM

16 May 2018, 23:37 PM

16 May 2018, 23:36 PM

The Congress on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's invitation to BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in the state. The Congress filed the petition in the apex court registry almost around midnight.

16 May 2018, 22:35 PM

By giving 15 days time (to prove majority) Governor is encouraging horse-trading by BJP leaders, this is unconstitutional. We will discuss the future plan, says HD Kumaraswamy on the invite to BJP to form the government.

16 May 2018, 22:26 PM

16 May 2018, 22:14 PM

We want to ask Amit Shah ji that if two parties cannot come together in post-poll coalition, then how did you form governments in Goa and Manipur by superseding single largest party. Governor has shamed his office, says Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala in Delhi.

16 May 2018, 22:10 PM

16 May 2018, 22:09 PM

16 May 2018, 22:00 PM

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, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Delhi.

Court has clearly stated that the platform of the Vidhan Sabha is the only place where the majority is to be tested, he adds.

16 May 2018, 21:49 PM

16 May 2018, 21:37 PM

Governor has invited BS Yeddyurappa to form the government, official communication has been received, Governor gave 15 days to prove majority, oath to take place at 9 am tomorrow, ANI quoted BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai.

16 May 2018, 21:00 PM

16 May 2018, 21:00 PM

16 May 2018, 20:59 PM

Where are you taking this country, one wonders. Someone was offered Rs 3 crore, someone Rs 5 crore and someone Rs 100 crore, anybody walking on the road has a price, says Kumaraswamy.

16 May 2018, 20:57 PM

117 is the strength of the Congress and JD(S) combined. The BJP did not have and does not have a majority. The people of Karnataka have not given a majority to the BJP. These 117 are ready to verify themselves in front of the Governor, says Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala. 

16 May 2018, 20:56 PM

16 May 2018, 20:46 PM

The Governor seems to be giving the BJP the chances to indulge in poaching and form government, says senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.

16 May 2018, 20:41 PM

What is standing in way of the Governor from extending an invitation to the leader of the alliance (Kumaraswamy), who clearly demonstrated that he commands the support of the majority, says Chidambaram in Delhi.

16 May 2018, 20:41 PM

Governor holds an exalted constitutional office, he shouldn't walk on a perilous path which is illegal, he's bound by SC judgement, bound to invite the leader of alliance which is presented to him as an alliance that commands maturity of members in the legislative assembly, says Chidambaram.

16 May 2018, 20:40 PM

Congress and JD(S) clearly establish majority yet the Governor hasn't taken the decision to invite Kumaraswamy to form the government. We heard the Governor may have invited BS Yeddyurappa but since it is not confirmed we are proceeding on basis that Governor has not decided to invite anyone, says P Chidambaram, addressing the press.

16 May 2018, 20:16 PM

Hotel or wherever we go, MLAs will stay together and discuss things. Congress is compelled to keep its MLAs together because of the horse-trading going on, says Ashok Gehlot at KPCC, Bengaluru.

16 May 2018, 19:10 PM

He thinks he is the boss of the party, the party has suffered because of his arrogant behaviour. He is not a true Congressman. Many people have this view of him but don't express it, says KB Koliwad, outgoing Karnataka Assembly Speaker and Congress leader on Siddaramaiah.

16 May 2018, 19:09 PM

16 May 2018, 18:30 PM

BJP MPs Shobha Karandlaje, GM Siddeshwara and PC Mohan write to Home Minister Rajnath Singh stating, "we have every reason to believe that Karnataka government is misusing its power and tapping our mobile phones. This is a clear violation of our fundamental right to privacy."

16 May 2018, 18:24 PM

The allegations that Siddaramaiah made on PM Modi that that latter has allowed 'horse trading' in Karnataka is condemnable, false, irresponsible and baseless, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

16 May 2018, 18:24 PM

Governor has assured that he will take action as per the Constitution. We have full faith in him that he will not do injustice. We have our numbers, not even a single member has moved out. We will not allow any such thing to happen, says Congress' DK Shivakumar.

16 May 2018, 17:52 PM

Kumaraswamy has given a signed letter by Congress and JDS MLAs where they have pledged their support to make government led by Kumaraswamy. He said that the Governor informed him that he will take a decision taking into account the past precedents.

16 May 2018, 17:47 PM

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot has attacked BJP claiming that they are trying to poach the MLAs by offering them money. "Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are trying to strangle the democracy," he said outside the KPCC office in Bengaluru. 

16 May 2018, 17:45 PM

We have submitted the necessary documents which show that we have the numbers required to form the government. He (Governor of Karnataka) has promised he will consider according to the Constitution, says Kumaraswamy said after meeting the Governor. Read full reports here...

16 May 2018, 17:38 PM

Outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday thanked the people of Karnataka for voting in favour of the Congress. He also exuded confidence that Congress will be able to form a government in the state. "I thank you for your verdict. It has been an honour to serve you as Chief Minister for the past 5 years. I am confident the Congress Party & the new Government we form, will continue to work for the best interests of our state & our people," he tweeted on Wednesday.

16 May 2018, 17:30 PM

JDS workers are protesting against the BJP outside Governor house in Bengaluru. 

16 May 2018, 16:59 PM

In a show of strength, Congress MLAs leave for Raj Bhavan from Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office. HD Kumaraswamy is leading the delegation to Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala.

16 May 2018, 15:36 PM

Outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has thanked the people of Karnataka for their support over the five years and also exuded confidence of a Congress government in the state. "Dear Brothers & Sisters of Karnataka, I thank you for your verdict. It has been an honour to serve you as Chief Minister for the past 5 years. I am confident the Congress Party & the new Government we form, will continue to work for the best interests of our state & our people," he tweeted.

16 May 2018, 15:34 PM

There are reports that if the Congress and JDS are not invited by the Governor to form government, they are likely to sit on a 'dharna' outside Raj Bhawan from Thursday. MPs are also likely to join them.

16 May 2018, 15:33 PM

Hitting out at the BJP, Congress said that the party will look for legal options if they are not invited to form the government. "Stealing of MLAs shouldn't be allowed. No governor can go against Constitution. We can't tell you whom we'll approach and whom not. At this juncture, we've complete faith in Guv that he'll go by Constitution and not party politics," Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

 

16 May 2018, 15:30 PM

The Congress has alleged that they have been trying to reach out to the Governor but they have not got a chance to meet them. "Since 12-12.30 pm we are seeking an appointment with Governor so we can handover our two letters - 1 of legislator party of Congress another of legislator party of JD(S). We haven't received any message from Governor so far. We are waiting eagerly," Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

16 May 2018, 14:32 PM

16 May 2018, 13:57 PM

The Congress is set to approach the Supreme Court as soon as and if Karnataka Congress Governor Vajubhai Vala invites the BJP to form government in the state. The party is also gearing up to parade MLAs before the Governor.

16 May 2018, 13:40 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: TD Rajegowda, Congress MLA on being asked if BJP had approached him.

16 May 2018, 13:35 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: TD Rajegowda, Congress MLA on being asked if BJP had approached him.

16 May 2018, 12:30 PM

HD Kumaraswamy alleges that JDS MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore each. "Where is this black money coming from? They are supposedly the servers of poor people and they are offering money today. Where are the income tax officials?"

16 May 2018, 12:29 PM

Neither my party nor I want power. People committed a mistake by making BJP the single largest party, says HD Kumaraswamy, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of misusing his position.

16 May 2018, 12:17 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 of BJP.

16 May 2018, 12:08 PM

HD Kumaraswamy chosen as legislative party leader in a meeting of JDS MLAs in Bengaluru.

16 May 2018, 12:02 PM

Members of the Congerss and the JDS are likely to hold protest outside Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru if the Governor invites BJP to form government in Karnataka.

16 May 2018, 11:45 AM

"Our legislative party has unanimously elected me as its leader. I requested Governor to allow me to take oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka at the earliest. He assured me that he would take appropriate decision soon," says BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa.

16 May 2018, 11:39 AM

Only 66 out of the 78 MLAs attended Congress legislative meeting at Karnataka Party Congress Committee office in Bengaluru, reports news agency ANI.

16 May 2018, 11:37 AM

"We are all together. All this is false news. In fact there are six BJP people, who are in touch with us," says Congress leader MB Patil.

16 May 2018, 11:36 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 NA Harris of Congress.

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