JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy speaks to media after meeting with governor Vajubhai Vala in Bengaluru on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy speaks to media after meeting with governor Vajubhai Vala in Bengaluru on Saturday.(PTI Photo)

Karnataka Highlights: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says Congress celebrating a ‘victory of jugaad’

BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka chief minister on Saturday, electing not to face a Supreme-Court ordered trust vote in the assembly, sparking celebrations within Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular). Here are the highlights:
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru/New Delhi | By Venkatesha Babu and Ashok Bagriya
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2018 07:37 AM IST

Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa resigned on Saturday ahead of a Supreme Court-mandated trust vote in the assembly, capping five days of political drama that saw elections results throwing up a hung house, political parties accusing each of horse-trading and lawmakers hiding in hotels.

The Supreme Court ordered the trust vote after the Congress and the JD(S) challenged Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite Yeddyurappa to take over as chief minister after election results that revealed a hung House.

With the fall of BJP’s three-day-old government, HD Kumaraswamy heading the Congress-JD(S) coalition is set to become the chief minister for a second time on May 23.

Here are the highlights:

11.10 pm: We are going to take oath on Wednesday as Monday is Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary and so that is not a proper date, says HD Kumaraswamy, reports ANI.

10.38 pm: Swearing-in ceremony of JDS-Congress government will be on May 23 instead of May 21, says JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy.

10.23 pm: BJP chief Amit Shah says governments formed by “such unholy” alliances are unlikely to last long, rubbishes charges of horse-trading by his party.

10.20 pm: Congress to chalk out its strategy and power-sharing arrangement with the JD(S) in Karnataka tomorrow. Top leaders to hold discussions with party chief Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.

10.00 pm: Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) T N Haokip says “...this is the beginning of the end of Modi regime”.

“Today Yeddyurappa is the victim. We are not blaming Yeddyurappa. The two big bosses are there in Delhi, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. They asserted their influences unduly to the Governor of Karnataka. How strange and funny? Yeddyurappa was seeking a week’s time to prove majority of his government but the Governor had granted 15 days time for floor test,” Haokip says.

8.19 pm: Congress distances itself from Sanjay Nirupam’s remark on Karnataka governor.

“Congress doesn’t agree with any such statement. Karnataka governor murdered democracy, however, any statement made on him personally won’t be accepted. Rahul Gandhi and Congress have regard for their worst enemies unlike PM Modi,” says Randeep Surjewala, according to ANI reports.

8.20 pm: HD Kumaraswamy goes to pays his obeisance to Adichunchanagiri Mutt, the spiritual guru of Vokkaligas.

7.59 pm: Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says Congress celebrating a “victory of jugaad”.

“Advice to ‘arrogant’ Congress and its ‘feudal leadership’, who are celebrating ‘victory of Jugaad’ — ‘Sitaron Ke Aage Jahan Aur Bhi Hain, Abhi Waqt Ke Imtehan Aur Bhi Hain’ (there is world beyond stars, many test of times yet to be held). #FloorTest,” tweets minority affairs minister Naqvi.

7.54 pm: Mayawati, Owaisi, K Chandrashekar Rao, Tejaswi Yadav to be present at the swearing-in ceremony to be held at Kanteerva Stadium.

7.48 pm: I have invited all regional leaders for oath ceremony. I’ve also invited Sonia Gandhi ji and Rahul Gandhi ji personally, says HD Kumaraswamy.

7.40 pm: HD Kumaraswamy says, “Governor has invited us to form government.” He says governor has given him 15 days to prove his majority, but asserts “we don’t need 15 days”.

Kumaraswamy says he will take oath as chief minister on Monday.

7.25 pm: These are the likely portfolios in the HD Kumaraswamy government according to people familiar with the matter. These portfolios could eventually change.

HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S) Chief Minister and Finance Minister,
G Parameshwara, Congress Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister
CS Puttaraju, JD(S) Agriculture,
H Vishwanath, JD(S) Education
KJ George, Congress Bengaluru development minister
M Krishnappa, Congress Sports
Krishna Byre Gowda, Congress Information and publicity
N Mahesh,JD(S) Social Welfare
GT Devegowda, JD(S) Cooperatives
Bandeppa Kashempur, JD(S) Textiles and Endowments
DC Thammanna, , JD(S) Labour
Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress Excise
Dr K Sudhakar, Congress Health
Tanveer Sait, Congress Higher Education
Roshan Baig, Congress Forest
MD Patil, Congress Food and Civil Supplies
RV Deshpande, JD(S) Law and Parliamentary affairs
Satish Jarkiholi, Congress Small Industries and Sugar
Dr Ajay, Congress Science and Technology
S Shivashankarappa, Congress Revenue
Ramalinga Reddy, Congress Transport
AT Ramaswamy, JD(S) Industries
R Narendra, Congress Animal Husbandry
UT Khader, Congress Health

7.20 pm: JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy reaches Raj Bhavan to meet governer Vajubhai Vala, to stake claim for forming government.

7.11 pm: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav tweets that the collapse of B S Yeddyurappa government Karnataka is a “victory of the people’s mandate” and asks the central government to resign on moral grounds.

7.09 pm: CPI(M) demands resignation of Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala.

“If the governor of Karnataka has any shame left, he should submit his resignation as well. The Union ministers sitting in Bangalore, facilitating and enabling corrupt deals, are equally culpable,” tweets Sitarama Yechury.

7.05 pm: HD Kumaraswamy to meet Karnataka governer Vajubhai Vala at 7.30 pm, to stake claim for forming government.

6.34 pm: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad says the announcement of Yeddyurappa’s resignation was “victory of democracy”.

“We thank the MLAs of Congress, JD-S, one BSP candidate and Independents, who resisted all sorts of temptation and arm-twisting by the Central government and its agencies, and stood by the decision taken by their party leaderships,” says Azad.

6:36 pm: Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy says Congress-JD(S) combine is waiting for an invitation from the governor.

6.30 pm: Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam tweets apology after making remarks on Karantaka governor.

6.26 pm: Javadekar says Congress has insulted the institution of the governor by making comparisons with a dog.

He was commenting on the statement of Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam about Karantaka governor Vajubhai Vala

6.19 pm: BS Yeddyurappa by resigning has shown grace and followed ideal democratic tradition: Javadekar.

6.18 pm: Congress is celebrating defeat as victory, Javadekar

6.10 pm: It’s Congress that has no trust in institutions, retorts Javadekar to Rahul Gandhi’s.

6.05 pm: BJP leader Prakash Javadekar says says JD(S) - Congress is the most opportunistic alliance, it is Congress’s surrender deal. He says the alliance is not based on ideology.

It is the Congress that has lost not BJP: Javadekar

“Rahul Gandhi said PM is corrupt, it is laughable... Congress is synonymous with corruption,” says Javadekar.

6.00 pm:

6.00 pm: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal says BJP’s attempts to “subvert democracy” has “miserably failed” in Karnataka.

“BJP’s attempts to subvert democracy have miserably failed in Karnataka. BJP’s lust for power through foul means stands completely exposed. Will BJP learn any lesson now?” tweets Kejriwal.

5.50 pm: “Everyone will be happy about it. PM and BJP Pres tried to deride democracy. What message did they give by encouraging the corrupt? BJP brought back Janardhan Reddy to the forefront and did politics,” says Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu.

5:45pm: BS Yeddyurappa submits his resignation as chief minister of Karnataka to governor Vajubhai Vala, reports ANI.

5.40 pm: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam says governor Vajubhai Vala has established a new standard of loyalty.

“Now every citizen of this country will name his dog Vajubhai Vala because no one can be more loyal than him,” says Sanjay Nirupam according to ANI reports .

5.30 pm: BSP supremo Mayawati reacts to BS Yeddyurappa’s resignation.

“This is a big blow for them(BJP) and I think what they had been planning all along for 2019 has failed, they will now have to rethink and alter their strategies,” she says.

5.22 pm: HD Kumaraswamy is likely to be sworn in at 12:30 on Monday, on the advice of his astrologers, people familiar with the mater told Hindustan Times.

5.12pm: Karnataka shows there is still some morality left in politics but alas not in the BJP. Now the governor should also resign, tweets former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.

5.06pm: Union minister Ananth Kumar reacts to Rahul Gandhi’s ‘PM is corruption’ remark, says: “What is he saying about PM Modi? This is the PM who has provided a scam less govt. If he puts such an allegation, the people will say he has lost his mind.”

5.03pm: Let everybody in this country know the PM’s model of governance is not democratic. Everyone knows that... even the PM.

4.58pm: If the BJP had full majority, we would have let them form the government. But the truth is, the BJP doesn’t have Karnataka’s support, says Rahul Gandhi.

4.57pm: My message to PM is that the PM is not bigger than the people of India. He is not bigger than SC, than the members of Parliament. PM needs to understand he was chosen to lead this country and to respect the instt of this country.

4.56pm: BJP has been shown that the country’s instt are bigger than the party, than power. BJP openly tried to buy the MLAs.

4.55pm: I am proud the Opposition has put together a government and defeated the BJP, says the Congress president.

4.54pm: The idea that (Narendra) Modi is fighting corruption is a lie, he is corruption. He is doing everything that to subvert the institutions of India.

4.53pm: I hope the BJP And RSS learn their lesson that not all institutions of this country can be subverted, says Rahul Gandhi.

4.50pm: BJP disrespected the mandate of Karnataka, Goa and Manipur, says Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

4.36pm: Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweets: “‘Operation Lotus’ fails! #BSYeddyurappa remains 2 day CM as the country predicted, breaking his own record of being 7 days CM. Democracy Wins! Constitution Wins!(sic)”

4.35pm: Former Union minister P Chidambaram says that the democracy in Karnataka was “saved for time being”. “Poor Mr Yeddyurappa. When the puppeteers fail, the puppet falls and breaks,” he says on Twitter without naming the BJP’s central leadership.

4.34pm: We are waiting for invitation from the Governor’s House, says JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy on being asked when he will take oath as chief minister.

4.29pm: Democracy wins. Congratulations Karnataka. Congratulations Deve Gowda Ji, Kumaraswamy Ji, Congress and others. Victory of the ‘regional’ front, tweets West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

4.26pm: The MLAs of the Congress, JD(S), Independents and BSP who resisted to all temptations by BJP and central government agencies, says Azad.

4.24pm: Some of our legislators were kidnapped, were under the illegal custody of the BJP. None from our from members have defected, says Ghulam Nabi Azad.

4.22pm: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu says: “Right now news has come that BS Yeddyurappa has resigned as Karnataka’s CM, are all of you happy? All those who believe in democracy are happy.”

4.19pm: BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa reaches Raj Bhavan after resigning as chief minister of Karnataka.

4.12pm: Congress’ DK Shivkumar, JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy and other MLAs at Vidhana Soudha after resignation of BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa as the chief minister of Karnataka.

4.05pm: I’m resigning as chief minister. I’m grateful to the speaker for giving me this opportunity, says Yeddyurappa.

4.03pm: Till my last breadth, I’ll fight for the farmers. I’ll give my life for people.

4.02pm: I request MLAs to vote according to their conscience.

4pm: If only people would have given us 113 seats instead of 104, we would have made this state a paradise. I’ll win 28 out 28 Lok Sabha seats for the BJP in 2019. I want to prove that there’s no question of going back. I’ll travel across the state. I want to thank the people for the kind of support they gave me, says Yeddyruppa.

3.55pm: I will ensure farmers have a life of dignity. I wanted to allot 1.5 lakh crore for irrigation, increase support price for farmers, and help the farm labourers. My heart beats with compassion, says Yeddyurappa.

3.52pm: Siddaramaiah has not responded to the people’s aspirations. It doesn’t matter how many seats I’ve won. Look at the anger of the people who have voted the Congress out, says the chief minister.

3.50pm: Till the last breadth of my life, I will go on working for the people of Karnataka.

3.47pm: People have blessed us with 104 seats. The mandate wasn’t for Congress or JD(S), says Yeddyurappa. Congress numbers have reduced. But we didn’t get the mandate in majority. There were allegations and counter allegations, he says.

3.45pm: Yeddyurappa says Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah made me the chief ministerial candidate... I have received tremendous response and support from Karnataka.

3.40pm: Chief minister Yeddyurappa starts speaking at the assembly. Last three MLAs too took oath where Anand Singh, Pratap Gowda Patil and Somashekhara Reddy.

3.38pm: Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Mallikarjun Kharge with BJP leaders Ananth Kumar and Shobha Karandlaje are sitting together at the Karnataka’s Vidhana Soudha.

3.35pm: Missing Congress MLA Anand Singh also turns up at the assembly, takes oath, sits next to DK Shivakumar. Oath-taking of MLAs is nearly over.

3:30pm: Karnataka MLAs take their seats inside the Vidhan Soudha ahead of the floor test.

3:27pm: BJP MLA Somashekara Reddy says he wasn’t in contact with any Congress legislators. “I was with my brother in Taj West End. Nobody was in my contact. I don’t even know who are they – Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil (Congress MLAs). I did not even go to Goldfinch Hotel,” ANI reported him as saying.

3:20pm: BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje refrains from answering when asked about the floor test. “Wait and see,” she says in response.

3:12pm: Union minister Ananth Kumar and CM BS Yeddyurappa are present in the chief minister’s chamber in the Vidhana Soudha, reports ANI.

3:10pm: BC Patil who was purportedly approached by BJP leaders was a police sub-inspector who acted in dramas and movies. His reputation for playing Duryodhana earned him the nickname Kaurava.

2:54pm: Another audio clip surfaces. The clip purportedly shows BJP leaders B Sriramulu and Muralidhar Rao talking to Congress legislator BC Patil. The clip also purportedly shows Patil telling the BJP leaders that he has “3-4 people with him”. Hindustan Times has not verified the authenticity of the clip.

2.44pm: Pratap Gowda Patil has come (to the assembly). He will take oath as an MLA, then he will vote for the Congress. He will not betray the Congress party, says Shivakumar.

Pratap Gowda Patil surrounded by Congress MLAs in the Karnataka Assembly. (HT Photo)
Pratap Gowda Patil surrounded by Congress MLAs in the Karnataka Assembly. (HT Photo)

2.43pm: DK Shivakumar of the Congress says he is sure Yeddyurappa will resign before the trust vote.

2.16pm: Shiv Sena, which is a BJP ally in the Maharashtra government, says the Supreme Court’s decision of slashing the 15-day window given to chief minister BS Yeddyurappa to prove majority showed that Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala had favoured the BJP and he was at fault.

“The Karnataka power play reached the corridors of the Supreme Court, which virtually nullified the governor’s decision. Despite the BJP not having the clear majority, governor Vajubhai Vala hurriedly invited it to form the government and gave it 15 days time to prove majority,” the Sena said in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

2.03pm: One of the allegedly kidnapped MLAs, Pratapgouda Patil, is seen leaving the Goldfinch Hotel in a special police car with sirens blaring.

1.40pm: Kumarswamy of the JD(S), who contested from two seats, resigns from Ramanagara and keeps Channapatna.

1.12pm: The two missing Congress MLAs are allegedly being kept captive in Golden Finch Hotel in Bengaluru. Police are heading to the hotel for inspection, people familiar with the matter tell Hindustan Times.

1.10am: As MLAs take oath, the Congress has released another audio clip that purportedly shows Yeddyurappa trying to influence Hirekerur legislator BC Patil. According to the clip, Patil is promised a ministerial post if he backs the BJP. The conversation apparantly happened while Patil is on a bus. According to the voices in the clip, the bus is on its way to Kochi. Congress and JD(S) MLAs actually took buses to Hyderabad early on Friday and returned Saturday morning. Hindustan Times has not verified the authenticity of the clip.

12.59pm: BJP MLA G Somashekhar Reddy is with the two ‘missing’ Congress MLAs Anand Singh and Pratap Gouda, says ANI quoting sources.

12.56pm: VS Ugrappa of the Congress says BJP’s BY Vijayendra called the wife of a Congress MLA and asked her to request to her husband to vote for Yeddyurappa. He said, we’ll give your husband a ministry or else we’ll give Rs. 15 crore to your husband, ANI reports.

12.45pm: Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal says they did not press for replacement of pro-tem speaker in the Supreme Court after it said live telecast of trust vote proceedings would take place.

12.30pm: Congress leader Veerapa Moily says the BJP will be exposed. “They know very well that they are 104, still they are trying everything and anything to buy our MLAs. But, our MLAs are intact. Two of our MLAs are still not here, whenever they come they will surely support us,” says the former Union minister.

11.50am: After winning the assembly elections, BJP’s B Sriramulu and BS Yeddyurappa have resigned from Lok Sabha, and their resignations have been accepted by the Speaker, ANI reports.

11.38am: Two Congress MLAs Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil have not yet come to the assembly for oath-taking, ANI reports.

11.35am: The Supreme Court heard the pleas of the Congress and all their pleas have been rejected. The desperate attempts of the Congress to remove him (Bopaiah) from the post have failed. I think they are scared and did not even want a floor test in the first place, says Mukul Rohatgi.

11.29am: Congress lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi says the most important objective was to establish transparency. “Since the statement has come from ASG that live feed of proceedings would be given, we hope and trust there would be fairness. I have no doubt that the victory would be of the Congress and JD(S),” he says.

11.14am: Chief minister BSYeddyurappa and Siddaramaiah take oath as MLAs at Vidhana Soudha.

11.11am: Congress, JD(S) drop their demand to change pro-tem speaker in Karnataka. Supreme Court orders local channels be given live feed of trust vote proceedings.

“Live broadcast of floor test would be the best way to ensure transparency of proceedings,” says the Supreme Court.

SC says: “Law can’t direct the governor to appoint a particular person as Pro-tem Speaker. Unless convention becomes legal norm, it can’t be enforced by Court.”

11.04am: Justice AK Sikri asks who will conduct floor test, if pro-tem speaker will only administer oath.

Sibal wants trust vote to be conducted by segregating MLAs. Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta points voting will be telecat on TV channels.

11am: Justice Arvind Bobde observes that if Sibal wants an order based the suitability of speaker, court will have to listen to Bopaiah but till then there will be no floor test.

10.57am: Sibal says Bopaiah must not be allowed to take trust vote as pro-term speaker. The last time a pro-tem speaker conducted floor test was in Jharkand in 2006.

10.45am: Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi counters Sibal, says there are many instances when junior MLAs have been appointed as pro-tem speaker.

10.42am: Kapil Sibal tells SC that established principles were not being followed in the appointment of a junior MLA as pro-tem speaker. “It creates problems,” he says. “If pro-tem speaker has to take a trust vote, we have a problem,” Sibal argues, stressing that according to parliamentary practice the senior-most member is appointed pro-tem speaker.

10.40am: Chief minister Yeddyurappa, BJP MLAs, Congress and JD(S) legislators arrive at the Vidhan Soudha.

10:32am: In the Supreme Court, Karnataka side will be represented by senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi and additional solicitors general Maninder Singh and Tushar Mehta. The Congress side will be represented by senior party leaders and lawyers Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal.

10:27am: Meanwhile, in Delhi, the Supreme Court will soon begin hearing a Congress plea against pro-tem speaker KG Bopaiah’s appointment by governor Vajubhai Vala.

Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy says “it’s not an important day” for him, asserting “the important days will come in the future”, reports news agency ANI. “Up to 4pm, BJP will try to poach our MLAs. All the MLAs are together, no one is

10:24am: Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy says “it’s not an important day” for him, asserting “the important days will come in the future”, reports news agency ANI. “Up to 4pm, BJP will try to poach our MLAs. All the MLAs are together, no one is going to go to the other side. None of our MLAs are trapped.”

10:20am: In Bengaluru, Congress MLAs leave from Hotel Hilton for Vidhana Soudha.

9.32am: Congress lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi leaves for the Supreme Court for hearing in plea filed by the Congress-JD(S) regarding the appointment of pro-tem speaker KG Bopaiah today.

What if the Congress or Janata Dal (Secular) members were to (a) cross-vote (b) remain absent or (c) be present but abstain from voting? Will they be disqualified? All about the floor test in Karnataka today.

9.18am: Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy says MLA Anand Singh is not with them physically “but he is in contact with our leaders. He has to come to Vidhana Soudha today. He will definitely vote for us. He is with us. He will come back”.

8.57am: Chief minister BS Yeddyurappa arrives at Shangri-La hotel for the party legislature meeting. He will then leave for the assembly with others. Security personnel keep vigil at the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.

8.50am: Wait till 4.30pm, we will win and BS Yeddyurappa will be the chief minister for five years, says Sadananda Gowda of the BJP.

8.48am: Union minister Ananth Kumar says both the Congress and the JD(S) have an unholy alliance. They are going to be rejected, people are going to reject them.

8.42am: I’m going to have 100% absolute majority. Tomorrow I am going to take all that decision which I promised to the people of Karnataka, says chief minister Yeddyurappa.

8.40am: Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad says the numbers are against the BJP and in favor of their alliance. We will form the government, he says.

8.35am: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge expresses confidence about the floor test win. The BJP doesn’t have the numbers. It is just trying to prove their majority and they will fail to do so, he says.

8.20am: The petition by Congress-JD(S) regarding appointment of pro tem speaker states that the court should pass appropriate orders directing that voting in floor test has to be carried out by division by segregating MLAs supporting and opposing the motion in different lobbies of House.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra has listed the Congress’ plea before the three-judge bench, headed by Justice AK Sikri and also comprised of Justices SA Bobde and Ashok Bhusha.

7.56am: Chief minister BS Yeddyurappa will leave for Shangri-La hotel at 9 am for the party legislature meeting. He will then leave for the assembly with others.

7.10am: Supreme Court will hear Congress’s plea regarding the appointment of pro tem speaker KG Bopaiah today at 10:30am.

7am: Two buses carrying Congress MLAs arrive in Bengaluru ahead of the floor test in Karnataka assembly scheduled at 4pm.

6.50am: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee has filed a complaint and demanded action against BJP’s Janardhan Reddy for offering hundreds of crore rupees and a minister portfolio to Raichur rural MLA Basvanagowda Daddal through telephone.

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