Karnataka Government Formation: Kumaraswamy, Yeddyurappa chosen as legislature party leaders; all eyes on Governor today - watsupptoday.com
Karnataka Government Formation: Kumaraswamy, Yeddyurappa chosen as legislature party leaders; all eyes on Governor today
Posted 16 May 2018 12:26 PM

Tuesday’s high-octane political drama after the Karnataka election results threw up a hung assembly, both the camps – the BJP and the Congress-JD(S) combine – are holding legislative party meeting in Bengaluru to discuss the future course of action.

Yesterday, in their bid to stop BJP from forming a government in Karnataka, JD(S) accepted Congress' proposal for alliance with Deve Gowda's son Kumaraswamy as the chief minister of the proposed alliance government. The JD(S) and Congress have approached the Governor with a letter of support to put forward their demand to form a government in the state.

BJP’s CM candidate in Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa also met the Governor to stake claim to form a government.

The Governor of Karnataka is likely to invite the BJP to form a government in the state as it has emerged as the single largest party. Meanwhile, top BJP leaders have rushed to the poll-bound state to handle the political turmoil, that was already predicted by pollsters.

Also Read: Karnataka Election Results 2018: G Parmeshwar to be deputy CM of JD(S)-Congress combine, say sources
Here are the LIVE updates on Karnataka Government Formation:

12:15 pm: According to sources, two Congress MLAs Zamir Ahmed & Akhanda Srinivas (who came into the party from JDS) didn't attend party meet as they are believed to be upset with JD(S)

11:49 am: The party has chosen me. 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. I'll inform you after I receive letter from Governor: BS Yeddyurappa, BJP after meeting the Governor

11:47 am: HD Kumaraswamy will be the CM & there'll be a coalition govt. That is the only truth. People want him to be the CM. These kind of mechanistion will happen in a but the fact is that HD Kumaraswamy will be CM. We won't be influenced by anyone: A Manjunath, JD(S)

11:44 am: According to India TV sources, BJP MLAs meeting discussed that 10 MLAs from rival camp are ready to support BJP. Kumaraswamy will resign from one seat, so party will have to claim majority for 221 seats only, the sources added.

11:41 am: 66 out of the 78 MLAs reached for Congress legislative meeting at Karnataka Party Congress Committee office in Bengaluru.

11:38 am: BJP’s Basavaraj Bommai, a former minister and the son of ex-chief minister SR Bommai, said his party was not “approaching any individual” but stressed that “politics is an art of possibility”

11:32 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: NA Harris, Congress

11:31 am: According to India TV sources, B S Yeddyurappa may take oath at 11:30 am tomorrow.

11:27 am: We are all together All this is false news. In fact there are 6 BJP people, who are in touch with us: MB Patil, Congress

11:26 am: BJP has submitted support letter to the Governor with signatures of 104 MLAs

11:18 am: BS Yeddyurappa has reached the Governor’s House to stake claim on government formation in Karnataka. He is likely to seek time from Governor Vajubhai Vala, and said that he will take oath tomorrow.

11:15 am: Senior Karnataka BJP leader KS Eshwarappa says that their party is in touch with some Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs as they hope to stitch together a majority to form the government in the state.

11:07 am: JD(S)' MLAs Raja Venkatappa Nayaka and Venkata Rao Nadagouda are missing from the JD(S) legislative party meeting which is going on in a hotel in Bengaluru.

11:06 am: After being selected as legislature party chief, Yeddyurappa has reached Governor's House to stake claim to form government

11:03 am: Ahead of JD(S) party meeting, Kumaraswamy met BJP's Yeddyurappa, Prakash Javadekar and Ananth Kumar in Bengaluru. Is a new turnaround on cards?

10:52 am: Government is obliged to call largest party, which is BJP. He should call BJP leader asking him if he can form govt. If he says he can't, Guv will then call 2nd party & if he says he can form govt, Guv should give him time to prove majority: Mukul Rohatgi, former AG

We are the single largest party. You have seen how Congress & JD(S) were fighting, six months back. Now, they want to come together & make government: DV Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister. #KarnatakaElections2018

10:45 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: HD Kumaraswamy

10:38 am: According to India TV sources, JD(S) President Kumaraswamy met BJP ministers, and said that he will not disclose about the meeting but all MLAs are with him.

10:34 am: People want BJP govt & we will make it. Anyone can create unnatural tensions, but people of Karnataka are with us. After meeting, we will take necessary steps. This attempt made by Congress to make a backdoor entry is not appreciated

10:26 am: 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: Yeddyurappa

10:24 am: According to sources, 45 Congress MLAs have reached Bengaluru for the party meeting. Two flights have been sent -- one to Badami and the other to Belagavi -- to bring the remaining MLAs. The JD(S)-Congress combine is reportedly also planning to parade its 116 MLAs before the Governor today.

10:15 am: The BJP might look into the option of getting MLAs from the rival camp to shift their loyalty or absent themselves, while it proves majority on the floor. This would bring down the mark required for a simple majority.

10:04 am: The micro-blogging platform registered over 30 lakh tweets related to Karnataka assembly polls in the past three weeks, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) garnering 51 per cent of the share of voice, Twitter announced on Wednesday.

09:56 am: JD(S) has all the faith in their MLAs. Nobody is going to go away. Let BJP try, whatever they want to: Ghulam Nabi Azad

09:41 am: Bharatiya Janata Party national Vice President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe says that he is confident that Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala will respect the party's position as the single largest one and invite it to form the government.

09:28 am: JD(S) & Congress have the numbers. I hope, the governor will discharge his constitutional duties & invite HD Kumaraswamy to talk. If BJP puts pressure on the governor, it will be the death of Democracy: Danish Ali, JD(S).

09:28 am: Congress-JDS combine, sources say, will meet the governor today with a letter signed by 118 legislators in support of HD Kumarawamy

09:16 am: All the Congress MLAs are intact. Nobody is missing. We are confident of forming the government: Siddaramaiah, Congress after reaching the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office for party legislative meeting.

09:15 am: 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: DK Shivakumar

09:14 am: Yes definitely there is a plan. We have to safeguard our MLAs, We will let you know what is the plan: DK Shivakumar, Congress on being asked if Congress MLAs in Karnataka will be shifted somewhere else

09:11 am: 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 gov has to cut all its previous associations, be it BJP or RSS: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress

09:06 am: I got a call from the BJP leaders. They said come to us & 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: Amaregouda Linganagouda Patil Bayyapur, Congress

09:05 am: JDS meeting venue has been changed from Bengaluru’s Le Mediridian Hotel to Shangreela Hotel in Vasanthanagar

08:31 am: BJP legislative party meeting likely at 10:30 am. Following the meet, all party MLAs led by Yeddyurappa to approach Governor to request him to allow the party to prove majority.

08:14 am: The JD(S), which is likely to likely to send its MLAs to a resort in Kochi, will first hold a crucial meeting of its leaders in Bengaluru’s Le Mediridian Hotel at 09:30 am today to elect Kumaraswamy as the leader of the legislature party.

08:05 am: According to sources, Congress may zero in on G Parmeshwar's name as deputy CM after a meeting today.

08:02 am: Former CM Siddaramaiah to conduct a meeting of newly elected Congress and JD(S) MLAs today

08:00 am: BJP, in its bid to form a government in the southern state, dispatched central ministers Prakash Javadekar, Dharmendra Pradhan and J P Nadda to Bengaluru to consult CM-nominee B S Yeddyurappa and other state leaders on the possible options. The three will attend a meeting of the newly-elected BJP MLAs in Bengaluru on Wednesday as the party's central observers.

07:55 am: The BJP and JD(S) are expected to reapproach the Governor today to stake claim to form the next government in the state.

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