16 May 2018, 10:40 AM
Sources tell Zee News that Congress party has booked 100 rooms in Eagleton resort in Bengaluru. This is the same resort that was used to keep Gujarat MLAs during Rajya Sabha elections.
16 May 2018, 10:27 AM
BJP chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa has said that a party delegation will meet Karnataka Governor immediately after legislature party meeting and stake claim to form the government. "During the legislature party meeting the leader will be elected. From there we will go to Raj Bhavan immediately. We will claim to form the govt. Most probably we will ask the Governor to give us time tomorrow," said Yeddyurappa.
16 May 2018, 10:05 AM
Bengaluru: Observers for Karnataka, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and JP Nadda & Union Minister Prakash Javadekar arrived at BJP office for legislative party meeting. Meeting to begin shortly. #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/V9LNxbswRr
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
16 May 2018, 09:47 AM
JDS leader Saravana says that the BJP is trying to approach party MLAs, exhuming confidence that the lawmakers are loyal to the party and would never support the saffron party. He says, "I don't know what they (BJP) are offering but they are trying to call our people, but they are not responding. We are all together, no one can touch our party. Our party MLAs are loyal to the party".
16 May 2018, 09:44 AM
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad says, "JDS has all the faith in their MLAs. Nobody is going to go away. Let BJP try whatever they want to."
16 May 2018, 09:43 AM
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
16 May 2018, 09:36 AM
Janata Dal Secular leader Danish Ali says, "JDS and Congress have the numbers. I hope, the Governor will discharge his constitutional duties and invite HD Kumaraswamy to talk. If BJP puts pressure on the Governor, it will be the death of democracy."
16 May 2018, 09:23 AM
"We believe in all our MLAs. BJP is trying hard to get them. They don't believe in democracy, BJP just wants power. All the people are happy, nobody is unhappy here," says Ramalinga Reddy of Congress.
16 May 2018, 09:22 AM
Caretaker chief minister Siddaramaiah has claimed that all Congress MLAs are intact and nobody is missing: "All the Congress MLAs are intact. Nobody is missing. We are confident of forming the government".
16 May 2018, 09:20 AM
Congress leader DK Shivakumar has accused the BJP of trying to poach MLAs, adding that they have a plan to safeguard the lawmakers. Speaking to news agency ANI, "They (BJP) are poaching our MLAs, we know that. Everyday there is a lot of pressure. But it not so easy because two parties have the necessary number. People are watching this. Definitely there is a plan. We have to safeguard our MLAs, We will let you know what is the plan."
16 May 2018, 09:15 AM
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad says the Governor cannot take sides, adding that a person supposed to save Constitution cannot destroy it. He says, "The single largest party doesn't have the numbers. BJP has 104, we (Congress & JDS) have 117. Governor cannot take sides. Can a person who is there to save constitution, destroy it too? The Governor has to cut all its previous associations, be it BJP or RSS.
16 May 2018, 09:12 AM
Basavaraj Bommai of the BJP says the party has approached no individual. "Political scenario will unfold in next two to three days. It depends on development in political parties. As of now, we aren't approaching any individuals but politics is art of possibility," he said.
16 May 2018, 09:07 AM
Congress leader Amaregouda Linganagouda Patil Bayyapur has claimed that he was approached by the BJP and promised a ministry. He, however, added that he would remain part of the JDS-Congress alliance government. He said, "I got a call from the BJP leaders. They said come to us and we'll give a ministry to you. We'll make you a minister. But, I'm going to stay here. HD Kumaraswamy is our Chief Minister."
16 May 2018, 09:01 AM
BJP leader KS Eswarappa has claimed that the party is in touch with some MLAs of the Congress and the JDS. Speaking to mediapersons, he said, "Many Congress and JDS MLAs are upset over the parties joining hands. They will not respect the decision and join hands with the BJP."
16 May 2018, 08:54 AM
Union ministers JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan were made observers for Karnataka by the BJP high commande on Tuesday. The legislative party meeting of the BJP is slated to be held at 11 am in Bengaluru, says news agency ANI.
16 May 2018, 08:52 AM
Election Commission on Tuesday night said that Jagadish Shettar of the BJP was declared winner in Hubli Dharwad constituency as paper slip count showed the same. Issuing a statement in this regard, the EC had said:
If there is difference b/w EVM count & paper slip count,paper slip count prevails.Winning margin in Hubli Dharwad Constituency is more than 20000 & VVPAT slips counted in polling station no 135 A is only 459.Hence RO declared Jagadish Shettar as the winner: EC #KarnatakaElections pic.twitter.com/8d2r5naoeA
— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
16 May 2018, 08:47 AM
Karnataka BJP leader KS Eswarappa says that there is no doubt that the party will form government in the state. Speaking to news agency ANI, he said, "There is no doubt we will form government, 100% we'll do that. Wait and watch. Results came out only yesterday. It has been only a day. See what can happen in Karnataka in a day."
16 May 2018, 08:38 AM
Congress MLAs in Karnataka arrive at Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office in Bengaluru for party legislative board meeting.
Bengaluru: All India Congress Committee General Secretary & MP, KC Venugopal and other Congress MLAs arriving at Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office for party legislative meting. #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/95fHQla0Yc
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018
16 May 2018, 08:17 AM
Former chief minister Siddaramaiah to conduct a meeting of newly elected Congress and Janata Dal Secular MLAs today.
15 May 2018, 23:26 PM
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka Assembly polls winning 104 seats, but falling short of a majority. The Congress bagged 78 seats and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) ended up with 37 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party, who was in alliance with the JD-S bagged one seat.
In a roller-coaster ride for BJP, it initially appeared that the party was set to return to power after a five-year hiatus with a resounding majority. But at the end of counting of votes, it came tantalisingly close to the numbers needed to form the government.
At least ten ministers fell by the wayside as they lost their seats in an anti-incumbency wave. The Election Commission announced that the Congress notched 38 percent of votes as against BJP's 36.2 percent. JD-S, headed by former PM HD Deve Gowda, got 18.4 percent votes.
15 May 2018, 22:29 PM
Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10:30 am in BJP legislative party meeting, I am going to be elected as party leader. After that, all MLAs are going to meet the Governor to request him to allow BJP to form govt. Now the ball is in the court of the Governor. We will do as he decides, says Yeddyurappa.
15 May 2018, 22:28 PM
Union Ministers JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan made observers for Karnataka, legislative party meeting to be held at 11 am on Wednesday in Bengaluru.
15 May 2018, 20:27 PM
"A big thank you to all those who voted for the Congress in these elections. We appreciate your support and will fight for you. Thank you also to our workers and leaders for their dedication & untiring hard work in support of the party," tweets Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
15 May 2018, 20:25 PM
Baiju Narajan of Janata Dal Secular says G Parameshwara of Congress will be the deputy chief minister of Karnataka.
15 May 2018, 20:10 PM
The way our workers have worked in Karnataka, I salute them, says PM Modi.
15 May 2018, 20:08 PM
I got so much love in Karnataka that language never became a barrier, says PM Modi.
15 May 2018, 20:07 PM
They tried to divide the country on the basis of south and north. Elections come and go, but constitutional institutions should not be targeted. The Congress has violated norms of Constitution and the federal structure of India, says PM Modi.
15 May 2018, 20:06 PM
The win in Karnataka is an exceptional victory. A perception was created that the BJP is the party of Hindi-speaking states, but neither is Gujarat Hindi speaking, nor are Maharashtra, Goa or the states in northeastern part of the country. This is a false perception created by those who spread lies, says PM Modi.
15 May 2018, 20:04 PM
All possible rescue efforts are being done in Varanasi flyover collapse incident. It is a matter of grief. I pay my condolences to those who have lost their loved ones, says PM Narendra Modi.
15 May 2018, 20:00 PM
We will win 2019 Lok Sabha elections also under the leadership of PM Modi and the BJP will bring a new India by 2022, says Amit Shah.
15 May 2018, 19:56 PM
PM Modi interacted directly with voters in different parts of Karnataka, and that led to the BJP winning on 104 seats, says Amit Shah.
15 May 2018, 19:55 PM
No matter what dirty tricks you use, when people decide to vote you out, they do so irrespective of all tricks, says Amit Shah.
15 May 2018, 19:53 PM
The Congress used money and muscle power in Karnataka, says Amit Shah.
15 May 2018, 19:52 PM
Congress took the support of bodies like PFI and used all possible dirty tricks during Karnataka elections, says Amit Shah.
15 May 2018, 19:51 PM
Even the Chief Minister was defeated by a margin of over 35000 votes on one seat and managed to win on another seat by a small margin of over 1000 votes, says Amit Shah.
15 May 2018, 19:50 PM
This is the 15th consecutive election wherein BJP has emerged victorious, says Amit Shah.
15 May 2018, 19:49 PM
I want to thank people of Karnataka from my heart because they have fulfilled the mission to make Karnataka Congress-free, says BJP president Amit Shah.
15 May 2018, 19:47 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated at BJP headquarters by party president Amit Shah after the Karnataka assembly election results.
15 May 2018, 19:44 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at BJP headquarters in New Delhi for parliamentary board meeting.
15 May 2018, 19:09 PM
BJP President Amit Shah arrives for Parliamentary Board meeting at BJP headquarters pic.twitter.com/juRnk1C9yH
— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
15 May 2018, 19:06 PM
B Sriramulu of the BJP wins from Molkalmuru.
15 May 2018, 19:04 PM
BJP chief Amit Shah arrives at party headquarters in Delhi for parliamentary party meet over Karnataka Assembly election results.
15 May 2018, 18:59 PM
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and other BJP leaders arrive at party headquarters in Delhi for parliamentary board meeting.
Delhi: Sushma Swaraj arrives for BJP Parliamentary Board meeting at BJP headquarters pic.twitter.com/7JYZ598zEM
— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
15 May 2018, 18:54 PM
We promise that we will leave no stone unturned to work out the best government for Karnataka. We shall strive for a better future together.
— Congress (@INCIndia) May 15, 2018
15 May 2018, 18:48 PM
BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa lauds PM Narendra Modi's initiatives and party president Amit Shah's organisational skills for the verdict of the Karnataka Assembly elections. The former Karnataka chief minister tweeted, "I'm grateful to the people of K'taka for reposing faith in BJP and I'm indebted to the Karyarkartas & leaders who worked relentlessly to make BJP victorious. PM @narendramodi ji's initiatives & @AmitShah ji's organizational skills have played a significant role in our victory!"
15 May 2018, 18:43 PM
BJP president Amit Shah congratulates party workers in Karnataka and chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa for Karnataka Assembly election results, says the verdict reflects trust of people in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He tweets, "I congratulate each & every Karyakarta of @BJP4Karnataka unit and Shri B S Yeddyurappa ji for their relentless efforts. Like rest of the nation, the great land of Karnataka has shown their unwavering trust in PM @narendramodi’s clean, transparent and pro-development governance."
15 May 2018, 18:39 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanks people of Karnataka for making BJP the single largest party in the state. He tweets, "I thank my sisters and brothers of Karnataka for steadfastly supporting the BJP’s development agenda and making BJP the single largest party in the state. I salute the stupendous work of @BJP4Karnataka Karyakartas who toiled round the clock and worked for the party."
15 May 2018, 18:33 PM
BJP is not close to majority, and now it is making false claims to stake claim to form government in Karnataka. As per rules, a coalition, even if it's post-poll, has majority, the Governor has no option but to invite the coalition to form government, says Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.
15 May 2018, 18:21 PM
At least seven to eight members of the Congress are miffed with the party over alliance with JDS, sources tell Zee News. They are against HD Kumaraswamy being the Chief Minister.
15 May 2018, 18:10 PM
The Governor is likely to first invite BS Yeddyurappa of the BJP to form government in Karnataka, and the swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place on May 17, sources have told Zee News.