New Delhi: The three-day old BS Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka collapsed on Saturday, with the chief minister announcing his decision to resign without facing a trust vote.
The Supreme Court had on Saturday ordered a floor test in the Karnataka Assembly at 4pm on Saturday, drastically slashing the 15-day window given by Governor Vajubhai Vala to BJP Chief Minister Yeddyurappa to prove his majority.
“I am going to resign as chief minister….I will go to Raj Bhavan and submit my resignation. I will not face confidence vote… I am going to resign,” he told the Assembly after a brief emotional speech.
Yeddyurappa said he would now “go to the people”.
His resignation will pave the way for formation of a government led by JD(S) state chief HD Kumaraswamy, who has the backing of the Congress. The newly formed alliance has claimed support of 117 MLAs in the 224-member House with an effective strength of 221.
Bharatiya Janata Party legislative party leader BS Yeddyurappa was on Thursday sworn in as the Chief Minister after the May 12 elections threw up a hung assembly.
The BJP had won 104 seats in the Assembly elections held in 222 segments, falling eight short of the 112 halfway mark. The Congress won 78 seats and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) 37. The Congress later said it would support a JD(S) led government.
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6.26 pm: Javadekar says Congress has insulted the institution of the governor by making comparisons with a dog.
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 remarks.
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 the most corrupt, it is laughable… It’s like Satan reciting the Bible… Congress is synonymous with corruption, says Javadekar.
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.
5.30 pm: BSP supremo Mayawati reacts to BS Yeddyurappa’s resignation.
5.22 pm: HD Kumaraswamy is likely to be sworn in at 12:30 on Monday, on the advice of his astrologers.
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: Rahul Gandhi
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.
4.56pm: BJP has been shown that the country’s instt are bigger than the party, than power. BJP openly tried to buy the MLAs. 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: Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
4.59pm: “You’ve seen openly how the PM directly authorized purchasing of MLAs in Karnataka, so the idea that PM spreads in the country that he is fighting corruption, is a blatant lie, he is corruption,” says Rahul Gandhi.
4.55pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, “I am proud that opposition stood together & defeated the BJP and we will continue to do so.”
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.
4.35pm: JD(S)’ HD Kumaraswamy says now he is waiting for invitation from the Governor’s House.
4.18pm: BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa reaches Raj Bhavan after resigning as Chief Minister of Karnataka.
4.12pm: Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa resigns ahead of Floor Test.
4.10pm: “I will lose nothing if I lose power, my life is for the people. We will get 28 out of 28 seats in Lok Sabha,” says CM BS Yeddyurappa.
4.10pm: “If only people would have given us 113 seats instead of 104, we would have made this state a paradise,” says CM BS Yeddyurappa.
3.52pm: “People have blessed us with 104 seats. The mandate wasn’t for Congress or JD(S),” CM BS Yeddyurappa before the floor test.
3.50pm: Watch the floor test live.
3.42pm: Congress MLAs Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil, who were said to be missing, take oath as an MLA in Karnataka’s Vidhana Soudha.
3.36pm: Congress MLA Anand Singh who was said to be missing, sits with Congress’s DK Shivakumar in the assembly.
3:27pm: BJP MLA Somashekara Reddy says he wasn’t in contact with any Congress legislators.
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. Patil can also be heard telling the BJP leaders that he has “3-4 people with him”.
2.54pm: “Pratap Gowda Patil has come. He will take oath as an MLA then he will vote for the Congress. He will not betray Congress party,” says Congress’ DK Shivakumar
2.53pm: Congress MLA Pratap Gowda Patil having lunch at Vidhana Soudha.
2.48pm: Congress MLA Pratap Gowda Patil seen leaving from Goldfinch Hotel for Vidhana Soudha
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’.
1.56pm: One of the ‘missing’ Congress MLAs Anand Singh seen leaving Bengaluru’s Goldfinch hotel.
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.
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 apparently 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 took buses to Hyderabad early on Friday and returned on Saturday morning.
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.
11.45am: After winning assembly elections, B Sriramulu and Yeddyurappa have resigned from Lok Sabha, their resignations have been accepted by the Speaker.
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.
11.16am: Chief minister BSYeddyurappa and Siddaramaiah take oath as MLAs at Vidhana Soudha.
11.15am: SC says no other item in agenda should be taken up during trust vote. It also said, “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.”
11.15am: Congress and JD(S) drop demand to change pro tem speaker in Karnataka. SC orders local channels be given live feed of trust vote proceedings. Supreme Court: “Live broadcast of floor test would be the best way to ensure transparency of proceedings.”
11.04am: Justice AK Sikri asks who will conduct floor test, if pro tem speaker will only administer oath. Kapil Sibal wants trust vote to be conducted by segregating MLAs, and Tushar Mehta points voting will be telecast 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 tem speaker. The last time a pro tem speaker conducted floor test was in Jharkhand in 2006.
10.42am: Kapil Sibal tells SC that established principles were not followed in the appointment of a junior MLA as pro tem speaker. “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. Mukul Rohatgi counters Sibal, says claiming there are many instances when junior MLAs have been appointed as pro tem speaker.
10:32am: While Karnataka side is represented by senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi, and additional solicitors general Maninder Singh and Tushar Mehta, in the SC, the Congress side is be represented by veteran party leaders and lawyers Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
10:24am: Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy said “it’s not an important day” for him, “the important days will come in the future”, reported 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.”
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 on Saturday.
9.15am: Congress’ Ramalinga Reddy says ‘missing’ Congress MLA Anand Singh may not be with them physically but he is in contact with the leaders.
9.12am: KG Bopaiah, the pro-tem speaker, reaches Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.
8.55am: High security outside Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.
8.52am:CM BS Yeddyurappa arrives at Shangri-La hotel for the party legislature meeting. He will then leave for the Assembly with others.
8.50am: JD(S) MLAs arrived at Le Meridien hotel 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 9am for the party legislature meeting. He will then leave for the assembly with others.
7.10am: Supreme Court will hear Congress’ plea regarding the appointment of pro tem speaker KG Bopaiah on Saturday 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.