Karnataka Live Updates: Shock as Governor invites BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to take oath

BS Yeddyurappa, BJP says will go to Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form the govt immediately after legislature party meeting; reports ANI

KS Eshwarappa meets BS Yeddyurappa with Ranebennur independent MLA R Shankar at his residence in Bengaluru; R Shankar is a relative of Eshwarappa, reports NEWS9

Congress to also hold Legislature Party meeting and decide on Deputy CM post; reports TV9 Kannada

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar says "People want BJP govt & we will make it. After meeting, we will take necessary steps"; reports ANI

CM candidate of Congress-JDS alliance HD Kumaraswamy says "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"

Congress and JD(S) likely to move their MLAs to a resort in Kerala to avoid BJP's 'Operation Lotus'; reports NEWS9

Former AG Mukul Rohatgi says "Guv is obliged to call largest party, which is BJP"; reports ANI

JD(S) legislative party meeting begins in Bengaluru; reports Udayavani

Congress Party leaders allege that BJP is trying to "poach" their MLAs; reports ANI

Senior BJP leader KS Eshwarappa says BJP will surely form the government; added disgruntled Congress and JD(S) MLAs are in touch with BJP; reports NEWS9

Four Congress MLAs from Hyderabad-Karnataka region remain incommunicado; reports NEWS9

Independent MLA R Shankar reportedly supports BJP after meeting with BS Yeddyurappa; reports NEWS9

JD(S) MLAs Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda missing from JD(S) legislative party meeting; reports ANI

Earlier, BJP leader Prakash Javadekar met HD Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru; reports NEWS9

Congress to parade its MLAs before Governor Vala after getting their signatures; reports NEWS9

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad "The single largest party doesn't have the numbers. BJP has 104, we (Congress and JDS) have 117. Governor cannot take sides"; reports Udayavani

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav says "Sure that honourable Governor of Karnataka will follow the precedence set by the Governor of Bihar Shri K.Nath Tripathi ji on 27-07-17 & will do justice & maintain the dignity of constitution"

BS Yeddyurappa elected BJP legislature party leader; reports NEWS9

Congress reportedly trying to poach 8 BJP MLAs; reports NEWS9

Independent candidate R Shankar arrives at Raj Bhavan, gives a letter to Governor extending his support to BJP; reports NEWS9

Congress MLA MB Patil dismisses reports of being incommunicado, says "We are all together. All this is false news. In fact there are 6 BJP people, who are touch with us""; reports ANI

Earlier NEWS9 reported that only 46 out of 78 newly elected MLAs arrive at Karnataka Congress office. 46 MLAs sign the letter of support. Signatures being taken to stake claim to form government. Congress legislature party leader unlikely to be elected today

Congress MLA NA Haris "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"; reports ANI

Read: Karnataka crisis triggers rift in Sangh Parivar

When the prospects of a JD(S)-Congress coalition government under Kumaraswamy appeared certain, simmering tensions between the BJP and RSS came to the fore, sparking off a blame game on Tuesday

ANI reports that 66 out of the 78 MLAs reached for Congress legislative meeting at Karnataka Party Congress Committee office in Bengaluru

BS Yeddyurappa stakes claim to form BJP government; reports NEWS9

NCP "surprised" at Karnataka poll results; wants EC to revert to paper ballots

Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil has expressed surprise over the Karnataka poll results where the BJP emerged as the single largest party, and demanded the use of paper ballots in future elections instead of EVMs. He claimed the 'wave' of BJP's popularity was now receding and therefore, the NCP and the Congress were working towards forging alliance in future polls. Patil said what surprised him was that prior to elections in Karnataka, he had visited the state and people there appeared "satisfied" with the Congress government. The BJP yesterday emerged as the single largest party but fell nine seats short of a majority in Karnataka, where the Congress dramatically backed third-placed rival JD(S) for a post-poll alliance to keep the saffron party out of power. The EC should not insist on EVMs for conducting polls, he asserted."If the BJP is insisting for the same, then it is better not to hold elections at all," Patil stated.

Congress MLA MB Patil claims six BJP MLAs are in touch with Congress, refuses to reveal the names; reports NEWS9

JD(S) leader A Manjunath says "There'll be a coalition govt. That is the only truth. These kind of machinations will happen in but the fact is that HD Kumaraswamy will be CM. We won't be influenced by anyone"; reports ANI

BS Yeddyurappa says "I have given the letter to the Governor & he will call me, that is what I am hoping. He told me that he will take an appropriate decision"; reports ANI

2 JDS, 4 MLAs of Congress have gone incommunicado, says ABP News quoting "Reports"

Commentators say some in media trying to spread panic among Congress and JDS MLAs by floating reports of possible defections

Congress MLA MB Patil tells BJP not to try to disturb coalition; says "We are capable of doing a bigger "Political-Surgical Strike" on the BJP. The house most disorderly is of the BJP"

HD Kumaraswamy elected legislative party leader in meeting of JD(S) MLAs in Bengaluru; reports ANI

BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa says "I am the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Governor will call soon to prove majority"; reports TV9 Kannada

BJP leader Bhagwanth Khuba says "I can't speak openly but we will definitely prove the majority"; reports ANI

Congress to shift its MLAs to Eagleton resort in Bidadi; Congress High Command gives responsibility to DK Suresh to safeguard MLAs; reports NEWS9

Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi says "Time has come to have a relook at the process of appointment of Governors./ presiding officers of parliament and legislative assembly"

JD(S) CM face HD Kumaraswamy address media over government formation, says JD(S) is not happy with this fractured mandate; reports NEWS9

JD(S) CM face HD Kumaraswamy says "Won't blame people for the fractured mandate"; reports NEWS9

JD(S) CM face HD Kumaraswamy says "BJP is in a hurry to form a government at any cost. BJP trying to poach our MLAs by offering money and positions"; reports NEWS9

HD Kumaraswamy "Thank Congress for supporting us. We are not here only for power. I'm not thirsty to become CM"; reports CNN News18

HD Kumaraswamy "BJP's aim was to finish off the JD(S) in Karnataka. I condemn PM Modi's statement that they will rule Karnataka even without numbers"; reports CNN News18

HD Kumaraswamy: "JD(S) 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?"; reports ANI

HD Kumaraswamy: "Appeal to Governor and President to not allow any space for horse-trading. If I become CM, I know it will not be by people's mandate. But will reveal reasons for it"; reports CNN News18

HD Kumaraswamy: “Had the secular vote not been divided in Karnataka, BJP would not have crossed 80. If Congress and JDS fight together in 2019, BJP will get only six seats"

HD Kumaraswamy: "I have been offered from both sides. I am not saying this loosely. There's a black spot on my father's career because of my decision to go with the BJP in 2004 & 2005. So God has given me opportunity to remove this black spot. So I am going with Congress"; reports ANI

HD Kumaraswamy: "Power is not important for me. Want to correct the imbalance in the country"; reports CNN News18

HD Kumaraswamy: "Modi government is misusing government agencies to target opposition leaders"; reports NEWS9

HD Kumaraswamy: "BJP's Ashwamedha Yatra started in North, the horses have been stopped in Karnataka. This verdict is to stop the Ashwamedha Yatra"; reports ANI

HD Kumaraswamy: "Forget 'Operation Kamal' being successful, there are people who are ready to leave BJP&come with us. If you try to poach one from ours, we'll do the same & take double from you. I'm also telling the Governor to not take any decision which encourages horse-trading"; reports ANI

HD Kumaraswamy: "Yes I have an offer from BJP. But allying with BJP before was a big mistake. Won't go against my father again"; reports CNN News18

HD Kumaraswamy: "Not necessary to take MLAs to resort. If they start horse-trading, I have to protect my party interests"; reports CNN News18

"Who is Javadekar? Who is that gentleman?" said HD Kumaraswamy, on being asked if he had met BJP Karnataka in-charge Prakash Javadekar; reports ANI

HD Kumaraswamy: "We will meet the Governor once again along with state Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President (G Parameshwara). Congress has given me unconditional support. We have a good understanding to run the government in a stable manner"; reports ANI

"This is a bogus news. No Javadekar, no BJP leader has met me till now" says HD Kumaraswamy, on being asked if he had met BJP Karnataka in-charge Prakash Javadekar; reports ANI

JD(S)'s HD Kumaraswamy to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at 1.30 pm; reports CNN News18

ABP News reports that Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to invite BJP's Yeddyurappa after 2 pm, once Rahu Kaal ends

HD Kumaraswamy: “How is Narendra Modi offering ₹100 crore to my MLAs when he has failed to give ₹15 lakh that he promised the people of India?”

Congress MLA TD Rajegowda: "They (BJP) keep on calling but we don't bother about it. I have clearly asked them not to call me"; reports ANI

Journalist quotes 'Top Congress Leader' saying "Three Congress MLAs from Belgaum and two from Bijapur are on the way to Bengaluru; house is intact and none of the Congress MLAs ‘not reachable’"

Ex Minister Ramalinga Reddy claims the Congress MLAs who are missing are on the way to Bengaluru and they will reach before 6 PM. Congress saying that BJP floating a ruse to try and mislead Congress MLAs. Reddy says he’s confident that none of the Cong MLAs will jump ship; reports India Today

NEWS9 reports that Siddaramaiah broke down in Congress legislature party meet for losing polls despite giving clean administration. Congress legislators close to Siddaramaiah also broke down

Congress prepares legal challenge. Says if Governor invites BJP, will move Supreme Court; reports NDTV

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi: "We hope Governor will take the correct decision according to Constitution. If Congress-JD(S) combine is not called, it will be illegal. We hope politics will not trump legality and morality. If it does, we have no option but to move court"; reports CNN News18

Prakash Javadekar calls JD(S)' allegation that BJP offered them Rs 100 crore in cash "imaginary", says "We are not indulging in horsetrading of any kind"; reports NDTV

WB CM Mamata Banerjee conveys her wishes to HD Kumaraswamy; Opposition leaders say Congress and JD(S) should go to President if Governor doesn't give them a chance" reports CNN News18

HD Revanna reacts on Congress-JD(S) alliance, says Kumaraswamy will be the Chief Minister for next five years; reports NEWS9

Siddaramaiah: "BJP is doing unconstitutional things. I will not allow BJP to form the government"; reports NDTV

"All the MLAs are intact. Some of the MLAs came late because they came in a special flight from Bidar" says G Parameshwara, Congress on 12 Congress MLAs not present in the legislative meeting at KPCC office in Bengaluru; reports ANI

Congress leader DK Shivakumar: "No question of asking for anything (on reports that he wants to be Deputy CM). Our priority right now is to have a secular government. All the 78 MLAs are together"; reports ANI

Siddaramaiah says PM Narendra Modi has vowed to prevent other parties from forming government; reports NEWS9

Congress MLAs to leave for Eagleton resort in Bidadi at 3:30 pm. MLAs to be shifted to Eagleton resort to avoid poaching; reports NEWS9

JD(S) and Congress delegation to meet Karnataka Governor at 4 pm

Siddaramaiah: "We have 117 MLAs, Governor has to give opportunity to us (JDS-Congress combine) to form government"

Signatures of JDS and Congress MLAs being taken in support of HD Kumaraswamy. The document will be submitted to the Governor later today; reports ANI

Former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde to Karnataka Governor: "Convene House quickly as delay will allow horse-trading"

Dissent erupts in CLP meeting on Siddaramaiah for taking one sided decision in ticket distribution; reports TV9 Kannada

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad says Congress Legislative party has decided to support the JD(S) unanimously. We are seeking appointment from Governor to hand over letters; reports CNN News18

B Sriramulu confident of BJP forming govt in Karnataka. Banks on support from independents and 'rebels'; reports NEWS9

Ghulam Nabi Azad seeks an appointment with Governor to submit letter pledging support to Congress. Says, both Cong & JD(S) are waiting for Governor's nod to form govt. in the state; reports NEWS9

A WhatsApp message is reportedly being received by BJP workers that speaks of a proposed swearing-in ceremony of BS Yeddyurappa, tomorrow at 12.20 pm; reports NEWS9

'Governor Should Allow Us To Form Govt': DK Shivakumar Reacts On Governor

If Congress-JD(S) are not invited by the Governor then the MLAs will sit on a 'dharna' outside Raj Bhawan from tomorrow. MPs may also join them: ANI quoting sources

JD(S), Congress to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at 5 pm; reports CNN News18

HD Kumaraswamy leads delegation to Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala; reports ANI

JD(S) MLAs likely to move to Devanahalli area near Bengaluru airport; reports CNN News 18

Kumaraswamy stopped at Raj Bhawan’s gate; reports News 9

As per law, the governor is bound to call Kumaraswamy to form the government: Outgoing Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah; reports CNN News 18

Congress MLAs will be moving to Raj Bhavan to display the show of strength; reports CNN News 18

A bus carrying 78 Congress MLAs is now headed for the Raj Bhavan where they'll be joined by JDS MLAs. MLAs of the two parties will be protesting outside the Governor's House; reports CNN News 18

Congress leaders Krishna Byre Gowda and G Parameshwar leave for Raj Bhavan. Kumaraswamy reaches Raj Bhavan to present the letter of support; reports CNN News 18

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala denies permission for MLA parade. Only 10 JD(S) & Congress legislators given permission to enter Raj Bhavan; reports News 9

JDS workers protest against BJP outside Governor house in Bengaluru; reports ANI

Intense scenes unfolding outside Raj Bhavan, as JD(S) MLA-elects demand cops to let them in; reports News 9

Cong-JD(S) delegation of 10 legislators headed by #Parameshwara and #HDKumaraswamy enter Raj Bhavan; reports News 9

According to SC decision, only those party who has the number will be called. Governor has to go by SC decision: Veerappa Moily, Congress; reports CNN News 18

Congress MLA Byrathi Basavaraj says, "All 78 MLAs are with us. No one has gone to the BJP. In fact, all former Reddy companions are also with us"; reports CNN News 18

A major U-turn in relation to the independents and which party they wish to support. Both the independents, who had earlier pledged to support BJP, now both have decided to support Congress; reports News 9

With the independents deciding to support Congress, the alliance number reaches 118; reports News 9

Leaders of both sides have met the Governor. We (Congress) took the decision to support JD(S). Governor told us that he will consult legal experts and will act according to the provisions of the constitution: G Parameshwara; reports CNN News 18

Governor has assured that he will arrive at the right decision, says HD Kumaraswamy; reports News 9

We have submitted the necessary documents which show that we have the numbers required to form the government. He (Governor of Karnataka) promised he will consider according to the Constitution: HD Kumaraswamy after meeting Karnataka Governor; reports ANI

The letters of support of Cong & JD(S) have been conveyed to the Governor. Both the parties are united. We have given the letter of support of 117 MLAs: HD Kumaraswamy; reports CNN News 18

We hope Governor abide by the Constitution & give the correct direction. The future course of action will be taken after that: HD Kumaraswamy; reports CNN News 18

B Sriramulu visits BS Yeddyurappa's residence for a quick 2-minute meet. Shobha Karandlaje visits Yedyurappa soon after Sriramulu leaves; reports News 9

All our candidates are safe, none of them is for sale: Parameshwara; reports CNN News 18

Independent MLA-elect Shankar expresses concern over his constituency and said, since he feels Congress will benefit his constituency more, he has decided to support the party. The MLA-elect however said he did not approach JD(S) leaders; reports News 9

The way power is being misused to put pressure on MLAs, use of ED, I-T &other agencies&allegations of Rs 100 Cr, all this has become a face of our democracy globally: Sanjay Raut; reports ANI

Parameshwara & Siddaramaiah chair meeting at #KPCC office to discuss details before shifting MLAs to resort; reports News 9

Governor Vajubhai Vala likely to appoint RV Deshpande as pro tem speaker, based on seniority as legislator; reports News 9

Get Prepared For Oath Taking Ceremony, Message From Rajbhavan To DPAR; reports TV9 Kannada

BJP plans swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan on Thursday noon, if invitation to form govt. comes by this evening; reports News 9

BJP state in-charge Prakash Javadekar is displeased with KS Eshwarappa over independent-MLA elect R Shankar joining Congress. Hits out saying, despite Eshwarappa being Fmr Dy CM, he couldn't hold back Shankar from shifting allegiance to Congress; reports News 9

Congress MLAs leave from Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office in Bengaluru; reports ANI

Bengaluru: Congress MLAs leave from KPCC office in Bengaluru; Hotel or wherever we go, MLAs will stay together and discuss things. Ashok Gehlot says Congress compelled to keep its MLAs together because of the horse-trading going on; reports ANI

NEWS9 claims senior lawyers have advised Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala that the single largest party can be invited to form govt

Congress Party press conference at party headquarters in Delhi at 8.15 pm

NEWS9 reports that after consulting senior SC advocates, Governor Vajubhai Vala to announce decision on govt formation shortly and that BS Yeddyurappa likely to be invited to form govt tomorrow

BJP's MLA-elect Suresh Kumar says BS Yeddyurappa to take oath as Chief Minister tomorrow at 9.30 am; reports NEWS9

Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai says Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has invited BS Yeddyurappa to form Govt in Karnataka

ABP News also reports that Karnataka BJP MLA Nimma Suresh claims BS Yeddyurappa will take oath as Chief Minister at Raj Bhavan tomorrow at 9.30 am

CNN News18 claims Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has invited BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to take oath as Karnataka CM

Congress Press Conference: P Chidambaram says Congress-JDS has clear majority in Karnataka yet the Governor has not taken a decision to invite Kumaraswamy to form the govt

Congress Press Conference: P Chidambaram says news reports that Governor has invited BS Yeddyurappa to take oath as CM are unconfirmed

Congress Press Conference: P Chidambaram says Governor bound to invite alliance which has numbers to command majority in the assembly

Congress Press Conference: P Chidambaram says we sincerely hope Constitution won't be trampled "again". Says only one way Governor can uphold Constitution is by inviting majority alliance to form government

BJP Karnataka deletes tweet saying "The moment that crores of Kannadigas are awaiting is here. Sri @BSYBJP will take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow morning at 9.30 am at Raj Bhavan"

Congress-JDS CM face HD Kumaraswamy says "Where are you taking this country, one wonders? Someone was offered Rs 3 Cr, someone Rs 5 Cr & someone Rs 100 Cr, anybody walking on the road has a price?"; reports ANI