Bengalore : A day after Karnataka delivered a hung Assembly on Tuesday with no party getting a clear majority to form government in the state, all the parties – BJP, Congress and JDS – paced up the race to Vidhan Soudha. All the parties held legislative party meetings. While the BJP elected BS Yeddyurappa as its leader, the JDS chose HD Kumaraswamy.
Yeddyurappa met Karnataka Governor after being chosen legislative party leader. He said that the Governor had assured him of taking an appropriate decision over government formation in the state at the earliest. News agency ANI reported that two JDS and 12 Congress leaders skipped legislatve party meets, even as the parties accused the BJP of resorting to poaching.
While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single-largest party, winning 104 seats, the Congress and the Janata Dal Secular stood second and third with wins on 78 and 38 seats respectively. Even before full results could come in, intense political parley began with the Congress and the JDS declaring that they would jointly form the government in Karnataka. However, the single largest party refused to budge, and ultimately both the sides met Governor Vajubhai Vala and staked claims to form the government.
Karnataka caretaker chief minister Siddaramaiah claimed that no Congress MLA is missing, with the party saying that it has a plan to safeguard all lawmakers. Congress MLA Amaregouda Linganagouda Patil Bayyapur has said that he has been approached by the BJP and even offered a ministerial berth. JDS leader Danish Ali has also targeted the BJP saying that if the Governor does not invite the JDS-Congress alliance to form government, it would be death of democracy.
Here are the updates:
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.
16 May 2018, 11:09 AM
JDS MLAs Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda missing from legislative party meeting, which is going on in a hotel in Bengaluru, reports news agency ANI.
16 May 2018, 11:03 AM
BS Yeddyurappa has been elected as BJP legislative party leader in Karnataka. The decision was taken at the legislative party meeting on Wednesday. Yeddyurappa had said that after the meeting, all MLAs will be going to meet the Governor to request him to allow BJP to form the government.
Union minister Sadananda Gowda hits out at Congress and JDS saying, “We are the single largest party. You have seen how Congress and JDS were fighting six months back. Now they want to come together and make government.”
16 May 2018, 10:52 AM
“We have already decided to go with Congress. That’s the reason we called Janta Dal Secular Legislature Party meeting. There is no question of taking any other decision,” says HD Kumaraswamy.
16 May 2018, 10:39 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, 10:32 AM
BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar says people of Karnataka have chosen them over the Congress and the JDS, accusing them of forming an “unethical and unholy alliance”. He said that as people have voted for the BJP, they will form the government. He further recalled that Congress president Rahul Gandhi had insulted former prime minister and JDS leader HD Deve Gowda, pointing that the Gandhi scion had called the JDS a B-team of the BJP.
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.
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
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, 09:43 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.”
JD(S) MLAs at the legislative party meeting, meeting to begin shortly.
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, 09:21 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, 09:19 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, 09:05 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, 09:00 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, 08:51 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
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.
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
16 May 2018, 08:16 AM
Former chief minister Siddaramaiah to conduct a meeting of newly elected Congress and Janata Dal Secular MLAs today.