Karnataka Political Slugfest LIVE: SC allows BSY swearing in at 9 am but seeks letters of support by Friday

Karnataka Political Slugfest LIVE: SC allows BSY swearing in at 9 am but seeks letters of support by Friday

May 17, 2018 0 By news club


03:48 IST: “How can we interfere in this matter when you do not have even the letter you claim they wrote to the Governor,” asks Judge Sikri.

03:54 IST: “If President’s rule under Art 356 can be stayed by a court, why not this of a Governor. The Governor has exercised his discretion without the aid and advice of the Cabinet,” said Abhishek Singhvi.

03:54 IST: “Swearing-in ceremony can be held day after tomorrow,” Abhishek Manu Singhvi in hearing of plea filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: Justice SA Bobde said, “we do not know what kind of majority BS Yeddyurappa has claimed. Unless we see that letter of support, we cannot speculate”, while hearing the petition filed by Congress & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: The matter shouldn’t be heard in the night. Heavens won’t fall if someone is sworn in. Last time SC heard in night, the case related to hanging of Yakub Memon: M Rohatgi, BJP’s lawyer tells court in hearing of plea filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: “In a case like this where the opposite side is showing 117 MLAs support, how will you have 112 MLAs support?,” Justice AK Sikri asks AG KK Venugopal, while hearing the petition filed by Congress and JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: This petition should not have been filed. Congress and JD(S) should have waited for the floor test to be conducted: Attorney General KK Venugopal, Centre’s lawyer

03:57 IST: “What is bothering us is that this is not a fluid situation. Figures don’t support your case, ” Justice Sikri tells AG Venugopal.

04:04 IST: AG says swearing in subject to the outcome of floor test. SC can hear the matter after floor test, he says. “We do not know whether Yeddyurappa will face floor test. This petition should not have been filed. They should have waited for outcome of floor test,” he said.

04:05 IST: AG Venugopal and Mukul Rohatgi agree for floor test in seven days.

04:26 IST: Apex court refuses to stay swearing-in of Yeddyurappa as CM.

04:29 IST: “Defer swearing-in for few hours so that SC can hear the matter in the morning,” said Singhvi

04:30 IST:
Supreme Court did not dismiss the petition filed by Congress and JD(S), said, “this petition is a subject of hearing later on”. SC also issued a notice to respondents including BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, asking to file a reply pic.twitter.com/2fBrUDSRDm
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018

04:37 IST: Defer swearing-in till 4:30 pm, says Singhvi. “If Yeddyurappa comes with the records/letter and the court finds there is no merit in my case, I am out. But once he is sworn in then the whole thing will have to be reversed,” he said.

04:41 IST: Supreme Court has not dismissed the petition filed by Congress and JD(S). It has asked BS Yeddyurappa to file a reply.

04:44 IST: Read | Karnataka Governor tainted with arbitrariness, reads Congress’s writ petition to SC

04:47 IST: Hearing underway, Mukul Rohatgi cites the Bommai judgment.

05:18 IST: Abhishek Manu Singhvi concludes his argument. The bench has began writing the order.

05:21 IST: Judge Sikri begins dictating the order.

05:43 IST: Supreme Court to hear matter again on Friday (tomorrow) at 10.30 am.

07:29 IST: “It is the discretion of the Governor to decide on appointing the CM. It is for the Governor to invite, the decision of the Governor cannot be challenged. As for who has the majority, it has to be proved on the floor of the house,” says constitution expert Subhash Kashyup.

08:05 IST: RECAP | The Supreme Court, in an extremely rare decision, decided to hear the Congress’s petition against the Karnataka Governor inviting the BJP to form government at around 2am. Arguments on the petition continued until 5am when a three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SA Bobde and AK Sikri decided against ordering a stay on BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing in. The bench, however, sought the letters of approval in Yeddyurappa’s favour and placed the matter for further hearing on Friday. So, it seems, it all boil down to the numbers with the BJP having to show it has the backing of enough number of MLAs in Karnataka. The Supreme Court will next hear the matter on Friday.
The numbers as they stack up after the Karnataka election results

09:40 IST: Seeking blessings
Just before reaching Raj Bhavan, BJP’s Yeddyurappa halted at a Radha Krishna Temple.
Bengaluru: CM designate BS Yeddyurappa offered prayers at a temple before his swearing-in ceremony. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/tHJNvnfXAv
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018

09:41 IST: According to reports, the BJP is likely to announce the date for proving their majority in the house post BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in today.

09:41 IST: In middle of a power struggle that Karnataka has been witnessing for the past two days, Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed BJP forming government today as ‘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.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 17, 2018

09:42 IST: BJP’S BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka Chief Minister in the name of farmers as the crowd cheers ‘Modi Modi’.

09:51 IST: Congress leaders and MLAs are now staging a dharna (sit-in protest) outside the Vidhan Soudha (Sabha)– protesting against BSY taking oath of office today without proving majority in the house.
In pic: Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal among others.

09:55 IST: ‘No faith in democracy’
Speaking to media after BSY’s swearing-in, a dejected Siddaramaiah mumbled, “I have lost faith in democracy.”

10:03 IST: Trouble mounts for Congress, JD(S) as two Congress MLAs are now being reported to have gone ‘missing’. One of them is Karnataka Congress MLA Pratap Gowda Patil from Maski (Raichur) who also signed the document on Wednesday, pledging his support to HD Kumaraswamy.
Meanwhile, Congress MLAs staying at the Eagleton resort in Bengaluru have left for the Vidhan Soudha (Sabha), where they will join other party leaders to stage a protest against Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in.

10:22 IST: Where is Rahul Gandhi?
Speaking to India Today, senior Congress leader PL Punia explained that the party president is keen to go to Karnataka but he has a pre-scheduled programme.
The pre-scheduled programme here is Rahul Gandhi’s two-day Chhattisgarh tour that begins today.
Read: Will fight for you: Rahul Gandhi tells Karnataka voters

10:34 IST: In high-octane drama, two Independent MLAs have turned up at the Vidhan Soudha (Sabha) to join the protest against Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in.
It should be noted that one of the Independents, R Shankar was till Wednesday morning seen at BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa’s residence in Dollars Colony, but later in the evening he pledged allegiance to the Congress-JD(S) combine.
Independent MLA R Shankar is now mockingly being called ‘flip flop Shankar’. (Photo: ANI)

11:02 IST: With clamour growing against Independent MLA R Shankar’s see-saw with pledging support to BJP first then to the Congress, JD (S) combine, the MLA has clarified his stand.
Speaking to the media, R Shankar said, “I went to meet Yeddyurappa because Eshwarappa is my relative. But, I realised they don’t have numbers so I came back. They offered me too. But I don’t think they’ll get the numbers so I came back to Congress at midnight.”

11:24 IST: Here are visuals of the Congress protest from outside the Vidhan Soudha in Karnataka. Chief Minister Yeddyurappa reached the assembly building moments after taking oath. Currently, he is the only BJP leader to have been sworn in.
Congress leaders and MLAs protest outside the Vidhan Soudha in Karnataka (Photo: Twitter/Shiv Aroor)

11:28 IST: Can BJP reach a majority?
The BJP won 104 of 222 seats where election was held in Karnataka. The Congress and JD(S) entered into a post-poll alliance making coalition’s strength at 116. Governor Vala, though, has given Yeddyurappa 15 days’ time to prove majority in Karnataka Assembly. The BJP has argued both in the Supreme Court and outside that it will prove majority on the floor of the house in Karnataka Assembly. The implicit meaning of this claim is that the BJP is confident of defection by some of the newly-elected members from the Congress or the JD(S) or both.
READ | What will happen if some of Congress, JDS MLAs vote for Yeddyurappa in Karnataka Assembly?

11:34 IST: CM Yeddyurappa, addressing a press conferrence in Karnataka, said, “I want to thank all the people of the state.”
Yeddyurappa also hit out at the Congress and the JD (S), saying they were trying to “immorally” form alliance in Karnataka. Yeddyurappa also suggested that some of the Congress and JD (S) MLAs would support him, saying, “[A] lot of Congress and JDS [MLAs] want a BJP government. They should vote during [the] trust motion [based on their] conscience.”

11:38 IST: Refusing to comment on the drama that ensued in the Supreme Court late last night, Yeddyurappa said, “Matter is in the Supreme Court. We don’t want to discuss trust motion here.”
Further promising to fulfil his promise to farmers, the Karnataka chief minister said, “I will waive off farm loans soon.”
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa addresses press conference after his swearing-in.

11:49 IST: Meanwhile, senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani has moved an application in the Supreme Court for urgent hearing against the Karnataka Governor’s decision to invite BSY to take oath as chief minister.
The Supreme Court has now directed him to mention it on Friday before an appropriate bench.

12:15 IST: ‘The main guy behind this Modi’
Answering India Today’s question on why he thinks PM Modi and Amit Shah were absent today from BSY’s oath taking ceremony, former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah remarked, “Modi is the main guy… He is behind all these games.”
Reiterating that the BJP has no numbers to prove, Siddaramaiah continued, “We are not insecure, Congress, JD (S) have numbers to prove, BJP does not. I condemn the Governor’s decision.”
He also assured that all 118 MLAs are present at the Vidhan Soudha.
Also read: BJP or JDS-Congress? ‘Flip-flop’ MLA Shankar couldn’t seem to decide whom to root for

03:48 IST: “How can we interfere in this matter when you do not have even the letter you claim they wrote to the Governor,” asks Judge Sikri.

03:54 IST: “If President’s rule under Art 356 can be stayed by a court, why not this of a Governor. The Governor has exercised his discretion without the aid and advice of the Cabinet,” said Abhishek Singhvi.

03:54 IST: “Swearing-in ceremony can be held day after tomorrow,” Abhishek Manu Singhvi in hearing of plea filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: Justice SA Bobde said, “we do not know what kind of majority BS Yeddyurappa has claimed. Unless we see that letter of support, we cannot speculate”, while hearing the petition filed by Congress & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: The matter shouldn’t be heard in the night. Heavens won’t fall if someone is sworn in. Last time SC heard in night, the case related to hanging of Yakub Memon: M Rohatgi, BJP’s lawyer tells court in hearing of plea filed by Cong & JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: “In a case like this where the opposite side is showing 117 MLAs support, how will you have 112 MLAs support?,” Justice AK Sikri asks AG KK Venugopal, while hearing the petition filed by Congress and JD(S) challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision.

03:56 IST: This petition should not have been filed. Congress and JD(S) should have waited for the floor test to be conducted: Attorney General KK Venugopal, Centre’s lawyer

03:57 IST: “What is bothering us is that this is not a fluid situation. Figures don’t support your case, ” Justice Sikri tells AG Venugopal.

04:04 IST: AG says swearing in subject to the outcome of floor test. SC can hear the matter after floor test, he says. “We do not know whether Yeddyurappa will face floor test. This petition should not have been filed. They should have waited for outcome of floor test,” he said.

04:05 IST: AG Venugopal and Mukul Rohatgi agree for floor test in seven days.

04:26 IST: Apex court refuses to stay swearing-in of Yeddyurappa as CM.

04:29 IST: “Defer swearing-in for few hours so that SC can hear the matter in the morning,” said Singhvi

04:30 IST:
Supreme Court did not dismiss the petition filed by Congress and JD(S), said, “this petition is a subject of hearing later on”. SC also issued a notice to respondents including BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, asking to file a reply pic.twitter.com/2fBrUDSRDm
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2018

04:37 IST: Defer swearing-in till 4:30 pm, says Singhvi. “If Yeddyurappa comes with the records/letter and the court finds there is no merit in my case, I am out. But once he is sworn in then the whole thing will have to be reversed,” he said.

04:41 IST: Supreme Court has not dismissed the petition filed by Congress and JD(S). It has asked BS Yeddyurappa to file a reply.

04:44 IST: Read | Karnataka Governor tainted with arbitrariness, reads Congress’s writ petition to SC

04:47 IST: Hearing underway, Mukul Rohatgi cites the Bommai judgment.

05:18 IST: Abhishek Manu Singhvi concludes his argument. The bench has began writing the order.

05:21 IST: Judge Sikri begins dictating the order.

05:43 IST: Supreme Court to hear matter again on Friday (tomorrow) at 10.30 am.

07:29 IST: “It is the discretion of the Governor to decide on appointing the CM. It is for the Governor to invite, the decision of the Governor cannot be challenged. As for who has the majority, it has to be proved on the floor of the house,” says constitution expert Subhash Kashyup.

08:05 IST: RECAP | The Supreme Court, in an extremely rare decision, decided to hear the Congress’s petition against the Karnataka Governor inviting the BJP to form government at around 2am. Arguments on the petition continued until 5am when a three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SA Bobde and AK Sikri decided against ordering a stay on BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing in. The bench, however, sought the letters of approval in Yeddyurappa’s favour and placed the matter for further hearing on Friday. So, it seems, it all boil down to the numbers with the BJP having to show it has the backing of enough number of MLAs in Karnataka. The Supreme Court will next hear the matter on Friday.
The numbers as they stack up after the Karnataka election results

09:40 IST: Seeking blessings
Just before reaching Raj Bhavan, BJP’s Yeddyurappa halted at a Radha Krishna Temple.
Bengaluru: CM designate BS Yeddyurappa offered prayers at a temple before his swearing-in ceremony. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/tHJNvnfXAv
— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018

09:41 IST: According to reports, the BJP is likely to announce the date for proving their majority in the house post BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in today.

09:41 IST: In middle of a power struggle that Karnataka has been witnessing for the past two days, Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed BJP forming government today as ‘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.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 17, 2018

09:42 IST: BJP’S BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka Chief Minister in the name of farmers as the crowd cheers ‘Modi Modi’.

09:51 IST: Congress leaders and MLAs are now staging a dharna (sit-in protest) outside the Vidhan Soudha (Sabha)– protesting against BSY taking oath of office today without proving majority in the house.
In pic: Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal among others.

09:55 IST: ‘No faith in democracy’
Speaking to media after BSY’s swearing-in, a dejected Siddaramaiah mumbled, “I have lost faith in democracy.”

10:03 IST: Trouble mounts for Congress, JD(S) as two Congress MLAs are now being reported to have gone ‘missing’. One of them is Karnataka Congress MLA Pratap Gowda Patil from Maski (Raichur) who also signed the document on Wednesday, pledging his support to HD Kumaraswamy.
Meanwhile, Congress MLAs staying at the Eagleton resort in Bengaluru have left for the Vidhan Soudha (Sabha), where they will join other party leaders to stage a protest against Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in.

10:22 IST: Where is Rahul Gandhi?
Speaking to India Today, senior Congress leader PL Punia explained that the party president is keen to go to Karnataka but he has a pre-scheduled programme.
The pre-scheduled programme here is Rahul Gandhi’s two-day Chhattisgarh tour that begins today.
Read: Will fight for you: Rahul Gandhi tells Karnataka voters

10:34 IST: In high-octane drama, two Independent MLAs have turned up at the Vidhan Soudha (Sabha) to join the protest against Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in.
It should be noted that one of the Independents, R Shankar was till Wednesday morning seen at BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa’s residence in Dollars Colony, but later in the evening he pledged allegiance to the Congress-JD(S) combine.
Independent MLA R Shankar is now mockingly being called ‘flip flop Shankar’. (Photo: ANI)

11:02 IST: With clamour growing against Independent MLA R Shankar’s see-saw with pledging support to BJP first then to the Congress, JD (S) combine, the MLA has clarified his stand.
Speaking to the media, R Shankar said, “I went to meet Yeddyurappa because Eshwarappa is my relative. But, I realised they don’t have numbers so I came back. They offered me too. But I don’t think they’ll get the numbers so I came back to Congress at midnight.”

11:24 IST: Here are visuals of the Congress protest from outside the Vidhan Soudha in Karnataka. Chief Minister Yeddyurappa reached the assembly building moments after taking oath. Currently, he is the only BJP leader to have been sworn in.
Congress leaders and MLAs protest outside the Vidhan Soudha in Karnataka (Photo: Twitter/Shiv Aroor)

11:28 IST: Can BJP reach a majority?
The BJP won 104 of 222 seats where election was held in Karnataka. The Congress and JD(S) entered into a post-poll alliance making coalition’s strength at 116. Governor Vala, though, has given Yeddyurappa 15 days’ time to prove majority in Karnataka Assembly. The BJP has argued both in the Supreme Court and outside that it will prove majority on the floor of the house in Karnataka Assembly. The implicit meaning of this claim is that the BJP is confident of defection by some of the newly-elected members from the Congress or the JD(S) or both.
READ | What will happen if some of Congress, JDS MLAs vote for Yeddyurappa in Karnataka Assembly?

11:34 IST: CM Yeddyurappa, addressing a press conferrence in Karnataka, said, “I want to thank all the people of the state.”
Yeddyurappa also hit out at the Congress and the JD (S), saying they were trying to “immorally” form alliance in Karnataka. Yeddyurappa also suggested that some of the Congress and JD (S) MLAs would support him, saying, “[A] lot of Congress and JDS [MLAs] want a BJP government. They should vote during [the] trust motion [based on their] conscience.”

11:38 IST: Refusing to comment on the drama that ensued in the Supreme Court late last night, Yeddyurappa said, “Matter is in the Supreme Court. We don’t want to discuss trust motion here.”
Further promising to fulfil his promise to farmers, the Karnataka chief minister said, “I will waive off farm loans soon.”
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa addresses press conference after his swearing-in.

11:49 IST: Meanwhile, senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani has moved an application in the Supreme Court for urgent hearing against the Karnataka Governor’s decision to invite BSY to take oath as chief minister.
The Supreme Court has now directed him to mention it on Friday before an appropriate bench.

12:15 IST: ‘The main guy behind this Modi’
Answering India Today’s question on why he thinks PM Modi and Amit Shah were absent today from BSY’s oath taking ceremony, former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah remarked, “Modi is the main guy… He is behind all these games.”
Reiterating that the BJP has no numbers to prove, Siddaramaiah continued, “We are not insecure, Congress, JD (S) have numbers to prove, BJP does not. I condemn the Governor’s decision.”
He also assured that all 118 MLAs are present at the Vidhan Soudha.
Also read: BJP or JDS-Congress? ‘Flip-flop’ MLA Shankar couldn’t seem to decide whom to root for

After the Supreme Court refused to put a stay on the swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa– two-time chief minister BSY took oath as Karnataka chief minister today.
His swearing-in only ensued more drama, with Congress leaders and MLAs staging a sit-in at the Vidhan Sabha, while two of their MLAs went ‘missing’. Stay with our blog for all the live updates.