BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Karnataka’s new chief minister on Thursday morning after the Supreme Court refused to stay the oath-taking ceremony in a rare late-night hearing. The Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) combine had petitioned the top court late on Wednesday night in a bid to stall the BJP from forming government.
Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday invited the BJP to form the next state government and asked Yeddyurappa, 75, to take over the chief minister’s post by proving his majority in the legislative assembly in 15 days.
The development capped a day of political flux that began after election results on Tuesday threw up a hung house.
Here are the live updates:
3:44pm: Indian shares slip, hurt by financials, while doubts whether the BJP can prove its majority in Karnataka weigh on investor sentiment. Sensex tanks 238.76 points to close at 35,149.12. Nifty falls 58.40 points to 10,682.70.
3:41pm: DMK leader Stalin slams the BJP on Twitter after Yeddyurappa becomes CM despite party not having the required majority . “People of Tamil Nadu are familiar with the BJP’s efforts to protect the corrupt ADMK Government, which also incidentally does not enjoy the majority support in the Legislative Assembly. Constitutional institutions and principles are under threat from these actions,” he says.
3:38pm: DMK says governor Vajubhai Vala’s “hasty” decision will lead to horse-trading. “The Karnataka Governor’s hasty invitation to the BJP to form Government despite the majority of MLAs forming a post-poll alliance of INC-JD(S)-BSP is arbitrary & unconstitutional. Such a move will only serve to enable horse-trading and destroy our democratic foundations,” DMK working president MK Stalin tweets.
2:28pm: “The Governor is going against the Constitution.The role of Governor is being dictated by the government. He was a RSS member and cabinet minister under Modi saheb in Gujarat. It is obvious that he will listen to the Centre,” says Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh, reports ANI.
1:59pm: 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: ANI
1:53pm: Yeddyurappa confident of proving majority within the next 15 days, the time frame set by the state governor. “I am thankful to the people of the state, especially farmers and the poor, who have supported me. People are with me and the BJP and I am confident that I will win the majority and be in power for the next five years,” says the new CM.
1:27pm: All Congress MLAs return to Eagleton resort after protesting at Vidhan Soudha.
1:26pm: Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha says political developments in Karnataka are a “rehearsal” for the Lok Sabha elections. “What is happening in Karnataka today is a rehearsal for what will happen after the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi,” the former Finance Minister says on Twitter.
1:25pm: JD(S) MLAs arrive at Eagleton Resort in Bengaluru, according to ANI.
1:15pm: BJP national president Amit Shah calls Yeddyurappa’s elevation as chief minister “victory of every Kannadiga”.
“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 (sic),” he posted on Twitter.
12:45pm: Congress leader DK Shivakumar says BJP’s new government will be short, according to ANI. “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,” he says
12:40pm: “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,” says BSP chief Mayawati on Yeddyurappa being sworn in as Karnataka CM, according to ANI.
12:38pm: Amit Shah tweets that 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”.
12:20pm: Siddaramaiah says all 118 Congress and JD(S) MLAs are present at the protest: ANI
11:58am: “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,” says Rahul Gandhi at a rally in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
11:17am: HD Deve Gowda joins Congress protest at Vidhan Soudha.
11:11am: Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani moves SC in his personal capacity against Karnataka governor’s decision to invite BJP to form government.
10:58am: Kumaraswamy says a Congress MLA who spoke to Anand Singh told him the BJP is threatening him with a case filed by the Enforcement Directorate. “‘I am sorry I have to protect my interest,’ another Cong MLA who spoke to Singh told me,” says Kumaraswamy, according to ANI.
10:51am: BS Yeddyurappa has become Karnataka CM (for a) third time. I have confidence that he will provide a stable and responsible government. It is unfortunate that Congress, being an age old party, is indulging in nefarious activities, they should work as a constructive opposition party, says BJP leader Ananth Kumar, reports ANI.
10:50am: “All MLAs are here except Anand Singh, he is in clutches of Narendra Modi,” alleges Congress lawmaker DK Suresh, reports ANI.
10:47am: Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy says he will request his father, HD Deve Gowda, to talk to all regional parties and see how BJP is destroying democratic systems. “We have to come together to protect interests of the country,” he says, reports ANI.
10:43am: HD Kumaraswamy, who was the chief ministerial candidate of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) combine, says their plan is to safeguard MLAs. “BJP and their ministers are working to purchase MLAs; people should know about attitude of central government. BJP does not have majority, how has the Governor behaved? He has misused his office,” says Kumaraswamy: ANI.
10:41am: Attorney general Mukul Rohtagi says the Congress’ decision to move a petition against the BJP forming government in Karnataka did not warrant any urgency. “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 Rohatgi according to ANI.
10: 35am: New Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa reaches Vidhan Soudha, the state assembly.
10:13am: All MLAs are in contact; the two MLAs who are not present here right now will come, says Congress MLA Khader, outside Eagleton resort near Bengaluru: ANI.
10:10am: JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda leaves from his residence for Shangri-La Hotel where his party MLAs are staying.
9:43am: Congress leaders reach Vidhan Soudha, hold protest at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue against BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing in as CM of Karnataka. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal and Siddaramaiah are among those present.
9:30am: BJP workers celebrate after Yeddyurappa takes oath outside Raj Bhavan.
9:28am: Congress leader and former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah says the petition against BJP forming government is pending before the Supreme Court. “We will go to the people and we will tell them how BJP is going against the Constitution,” he adds: ANI.
9:20am: “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, according to ANI.
9:15am: Congress and JD(S) MLAs leave Eagleton Resort to protest outside Vidhana Soudha (Karnataka Assembly), reports ANI.
9:07am: Yeddyurappa is Karnataka’s new chief minister. BJP to form government.
9:03am: BS Yeddyurappa being sworn in as Karnataka’s new CM.
9am: Oath taking ceremony begins.
8:58am: Congress president Rahul Gandhi calls BJP’s “irrational insistence” to form Karnataka government a “mockery of our Constitution”.
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.
8:55am: Yeddyurappa arrives at Raj Bhavan for oath-taking ceremony.
8:30am: Yeddyurappa leaves for Raj Bhavan.
8:19am: Union ministers JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan and Prakash Javadekar arrive at Raj Bhavan for swearing-in ceremony.
7:10am: Police stand guard outside Raj Bhavan where Yeddyurappa is scheduled to take oath as chief minister of Karnataka at 9am.
6am: The top court also issues notices to Karnataka government and Yeddyurappa seeking their replies on the plea filed by Congress-JD (S) combine and posts matter for hearing on Friday.
5:40am: The court, however, made clear that the swearing-in and the government formation in the state will be subject to the final outcome of the case.
5:30am: In a rare overnight hearing, Supreme Court refuses to stay BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as Karnataka chief minister after Congress petitions the court. The court began the hearing around 2 am.