New Delhi, May 18: BJP's fate is on test as the hearing on the Congress plea is to begin shortly. All eyes are on the Supreme Court. Will the Yeddyuruppa government survive or will it go own in the pages of History as the government with shortest stint? Here are the LIVE updates:
-Siddaramiah arrives at Hotel Taj Krishna in Hyderabad to meet the Congress MLAs
-BJP's lawyer Mukul Rohatgi opposes the floor test tomorrow, says, 'need time.'
-Floor test tomorrow at 4 PM
-Abhishek Manu Singhvi, sought proper security for Congress-JD(S) MLAs in case of floor test being conducted. Supreme Court observed that it can pass an order to make proper security arrangements.
-Lawyer for Congress-JD(S), Abhishek Manu Singhvi, submits to Supreme Court that Congress-JD(S) are ready for floor test tomorrow.
-Lawyer for Congress-JD(S), Abhishek Manu Singhvi argues, 'Yeddyurappa claimed support, but he does not have letters of support from these MLAs or it is only his oral submissions.'
-SC observed that as BS Yeddyurappa has claimed support and BJP is single largest party, there could be two probabilities. whether Guv's decision has to be tested or a floor test has to be held on Saturday.
- In Supreme Court, Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri said, 'floor test seems to be the best option.'
-Mukul Rohatgi submitted the letters asked by Supreme Court
-Supreme Court wanted to know on what basis the Governor asks a party to provide a stable government. BJP's lawyer Mukul Rohatgi submitted that at this stage he does not want to say anything more
-All MLAs are intact, threats using various govt agencies are going on but we will fight it out. We were not allowed to take a charter flight last night: DK Shivakumar, Congress, in Hyderabad
-The SC resumes hearing on Congress-JD(S) plea challenging Karnataka governor's decision to invite the BJP to form government there.
-Congress plea hearing to begin in Supreme Court, Congress keeping fingers crossedThree judges of the SC will today resume hearing a petition challenging Vajubhai Vala, Karnataka Governor's controversial invitation to BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to become chief minister.Afte this Yeddyuruppa was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. But ven BSY knows that he is wearing a crown of thorns. All this has triggered a huge political row and fears of defection.The Congress-JDS combine is taking no chance and in a midnight drama on Thursday, it has moved out their lawmakers into neighbouring Telangana to ensure its flock of about 116 lawmakers stays intact.Congress-Janata Dal-Secular petitioners argue that BJP may be the largest single party but it did not have th required numbrs to make the governmnet. Inviting BJP to make the government clearly indicates that the BJP is free to do horse trading as it has to prove the majority and how else can it muster support than indulging in horse trading.The political experts are questioning the righteousness of calling a party with 104 to make the government as opposed to 116 MLAs of Congress-JDS alliance. And further the BJP is given 15 days to prove its majority is adding insult to injury by the governor.Senior Lawyer Abhishek Singhvi suggested that the governor may have been misled by Yeddyurappas letter, claiming to have the support of 111 legislators.BJP cannot go from 104 to 111 unless there is defection - and that is prohibited, added Singhvi.The Congress today termed BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa's oath as chief minister of Karnataka "farcical" and said the party's "irrational insistence" on forming government in the southern state when it does not have the numbers made a mockery of the Constitution.While Congress president Rahul Gandhi said India mourns the defeat of democracy, the party's communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala described the events in Karnataka as a "black spot" on the country's democracy that will be erased.Referring the press conference called earlier by Supreme Court judges on various issues relating to the apex court judiciary, Rahul Gandhi said, "The judiciary is under fear, the press is under fear and even the BJP's Members of Parliament are under the same fear as they cannot speak a single word before the prime minister (Narendra Modi)."Senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said the Raj Bhawan has been converted into the BJP office."A farcical oath of CM's post, a fraud being played on majority. A treachery with Constitution, a deception with democracy. That is Governor Karnataka illegally swearing in BS Yeddyurappa-turning the Raj Bhavan into BJP Office."This Black Spot on India's democracy will be erased," he said on Twitter.Yeddyurappa has 15 days to prove his majority in the Assembly.The BJP has 104 MLAs in the House, eight short of the magic figure of 112. The Congress and the JD(S), which have announced a post-poll tie-up, have won 78 and 37 seats respectively.
News24Bureau with Agency inputs