Karnataka political drama: As it happened on May 17, 2018

BJP emerged as the single-largest party winning 104 seats in the May 12 Assembly election, but it fell short of eight seats from the 112-halfway mark in the lower House.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 00:43

Bengaluru: BJP legislature party leader BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the Karnataka Chief Minister on Thursday, hours after the Supreme Court declined to stay his swearing-in ceremony.

Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to Yeddyurappa at 9 am at the Raj Bhavan amid tight security.

The beleaguered Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leaders, however, protested against the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa and termed the Governor's decision 'unconstitutional'.

Here are the updates:

17 May 2018, 23:01 PM

After the police was withdrawn (from outside Eagleton Resort), they (BJP) came inside and offered money. Constantly they have been calling people on phone, says Congress' Ramalinga Reddy, as per ANI.

17 May 2018, 21:31 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, says Congress' Ramalinga Reddy.

17 May 2018, 21:30 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, says Ghulam Nabi Azad.

17 May 2018, 21:24 PM

BJP can't use two rules for one game. BJP, Central government and their Governors have been exposed in front of the nation. It should be the duty of central government to protect the constitution and democracy but it's unfortunate that we have to protect these from the central government, says senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

17 May 2018, 20:35 PM

17 May 2018, 20:07 PM

We are not leaving now. There is a meeting at 7.30 pm after that we will decide, says ST Somashekhar, Congress on if party MLAs are being shifted from Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru to some other place.

17 May 2018, 20:03 PM

BJP people are doing horse-trading. This is unethical and against the principles of democracy. No MLA will yield to their demand, says Siddaramaiah.

17 May 2018, 20:03 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, says JD(S) HD Kumaraswamy.

17 May 2018, 20:02 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 andother states where we were single largest party, they're asking for same formula, says Congress' DK Shivakumar.

17 May 2018, 20:01 PM

17 May 2018, 19:18 PM

Whatever BJP's done in Karnataka is in accordance with the rulebook. Congress is ill-informed and as a result, is making these funny claims. They don't have faith on their MLAs as they have held them captive in a resort. JD(S) and Congress are scared after being exposed, says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

17 May 2018, 19:02 PM

17 May 2018, 18:28 PM

This is not the system. Irrespective of whose goverment it is, it is their duty to provide protection, provide security to the elected representatives, says Congress' KH Muniyappa on security withdrawn from outside Eagleton Resort near Bengaluru where Congress MLAs are lodged.

17 May 2018, 18:27 PM

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17 May 2018, 15:04 PM

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh says, "The 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."

17 May 2018, 14:25 PM

"Congrats to Shri @BSYBJP ji for being sworn in as the CM of Karnataka. This is the victory of every Kannadiga who voted to uproot the corrupt & divisive politics of Congress. I am sure the new govt under the guidance of PM @narendramodi will fulfil the aspirations of the people," tweets BJP president Amit Shah.

17 May 2018, 14:15 PM

Advocate NP Amrutesh files a public interest litigation in Karnataka High Court against the BJP forming government in the state. The PIL states that court should not allow defection of MLAs to BJP through resigning or cross voting.

17 May 2018, 13:38 PM

Congress MLAs taken to Eagleton golf resort near Bengaluru.

17 May 2018, 13:38 PM

DMK leader MK Stalin targets Modi government over Karnataka political drama saying, "All of us saw how PM 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."

17 May 2018, 12:59 PM

Congress leader DK Shivakumar says that Yeddyurappa-led BJP government in Karnataka is short lived, as the majority is with JDS-Congress alliance. He says, "It is a short lived government, we are confident because we have the majority. We will fight for justice. 100% all our MLAs are with us."

17 May 2018, 12:51 PM

BJP MLA B Sriramulu claims that the party is in touch with independent MLAs and will get the numbers required for floor test.

17 May 2018, 12:50 PM

Mayawati slams BJP over BS Yeddyurappa becoming the Chief Minister of Karnataka, says, "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."

17 May 2018, 12:25 PM

Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah says all 118 MLAs of Congress and JDS are intact.

17 May 2018, 12:24 PM

BS Yeddyurappa fulfills BJP's poll promise of providing loan waivers to farmer in Karnataka. Read full story

17 May 2018, 12:02 PM

Today constitution is being attacked. In Karnataka on one side there are MLAs standing and on the other side the Governor. JDS has said its MLAs have been offered Rs 100 crore each, says Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

17 May 2018, 11:53 AM

Fulfilling a poll promise of the BJP, BS Yeddyurappa has announced a loan waiver up to Rs 1 lakh for farmers soon after taking as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. However, the order cannot be passed as of now since the government is yet to be formed.

17 May 2018, 11:51 AM

Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani mentioned before CJI Bench of Dipak Misra, justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud his application for urgent hearing against Karnataka Governor for inviting BS Yedurappa for making government. The Bench directed him to mention it on Friday before an appropriate bench.

17 May 2018, 11:27 AM

From Supreme Court judges to mediapersons to even BJP MPs, everyone is living in fear, says Rahul Gandhi.

17 May 2018, 11:26 AM

Democracy is being murdered, says Rahul Gandhi.

17 May 2018, 11:25 AM

Congress president Rahul Gandhi says that leaders of the party are being threatened by members of the BJP in Karnataka.

17 May 2018, 11:16 AM

17 May 2018, 11:12 AM

Former prime minister and Janata Dal Secular leader HD Deve Gowda joins Congress protest at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru.

17 May 2018, 10:47 AM

"I will request my father (HD Deve Gowda) to take the lead and talk to all regional parties and see how BJP is destroying democratic systems. We have to come together to protect interests of the country," says Kumaraswamy.

17 May 2018, 10:46 AM

Our plan is to safeguard MLAs. BJP and their ministers are working to purchase MLAs, people should know about the attitude of the central government. BJP does not have majority, how has the Governor behaved? He has misused his office, says JDS leader HD Kumarasway on Yeddyurappa being sworn in as Karnataka Chief Minister.

17 May 2018, 10:41 AM

There was no urgency according to me. There was no need for the matter to be listed at night. SC has the power to undo if any wrong is done. Last night we didn't have all the papers, except the petition, says Mukul Rohatgi on Supreme Court overnight bench on Karnataka situation.

17 May 2018, 10:12 AM

All MLAs are in contact, the two MLAs who are not present here right now will come. I also just came back from Mangaluru, says Congress MLA Khader before entering Eagleton resort near Bengaluru.

17 May 2018, 10:11 AM

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17 May 2018, 09:37 AM

17 May 2018, 09:35 AM

Congress MLAs and senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot and Siddaramaiah gather near Mahatma Gandhi statue in Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru to protest against BS Yeddyurappa's swearing in as Chief Minister of Karnataka.

17 May 2018, 09:33 AM

"If Congress wants to protest, they should protest against Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Siddaramaiah, as this trio has ruined the Congress," says Union Minister Ananth Kumar.

17 May 2018, 09:32 AM

The matter is pending before the Court. We will go to the people and we will tell them how BJP is going against the Constitution, says former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah.

17 May 2018, 09:31 AM

17 May 2018, 09:11 AM

Celebrations begin outside Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru. BJP workers dance to drumbeats as Yeddyurappa takes oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka.

17 May 2018, 09:10 AM

17 May 2018, 09:09 AM

"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," tweets Congress president Rahul Gandhi.