- Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad addressed a press conferrence in Bengaluru after the Supreme Court ordered a floor test in Karnataka. “I’d like to thank the judges of Supreme Court who once again rose to the occasion…” Azad said. He once again raked up the example of Manipur and Goa where Congress was the single-largest party but a coalition that included the BJP ultimately formed government. “So going by that rule [of inviting the largest post-poll coalition to form government everybody thought the same rule apply to Karnataka too,” Azad said.
- In a major allegation, the Congress has accused the government of India of holding Anand Singh, a newly elected Karnataka MLA, “in captivity” in New Delhi. Singh is an MLA who is reported to have been ‘missing’. However, when asked about Singh’s status at the press conference in Bengaluru, party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad claimed, “Anand Singh is in Deli, he is in captivity, he has been held captive by the government of India.”
- Rs. 100 crore or Rs. 200 crore, our MLAs are with us. None of our members are going away. Today, evening or tomorrow early morning, we all are leaving for Bengaluru, says GT Devegowda, JD(S) in Hyderabad.
- RJD and other alliance parties-Congress and CPI(ML) hand over letters to Governor Satyapal Malik stating that RJD is the single largest party hence should be invited to form Government.
- Let us wait till 4 pm tomorrow. What is the outcome on the floor of the Karnataka assembly. The Manipur Governor Jagdish Mukhi said that he will look into the matter. I hope he will do justice,says Okram Ibobi Singh, Congress & Former CM of Manipur.
- Sitaram Yechury, Secretary General of the Communist Party of India: The CPI(M) today notes the judgement given by the Supreme Court. We welcome the positive development.
- 13 Congress MLAs at Raj Bhavan, hand over memorandum to Governor Mridula Sinha saying Congress is the single largest party in the state.
- We are going to prove our majority to the Governor. We stake claim to form the government. We have the support of many parties & MLAs of those parties are with us. Let’s see what happens, says Tejashwi Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal.
- Mr.Yeddyurappa who has 104 MLAs including himself, in the letter requested for 7 days, he had no other name, yet Governor invited him. It was unconstitutional, Governor even gave him 15 days time, says Siddaramaiah.
- BJP claims support of 8 Congrss MLA’s, 2 JDS and 2 other party MLA’s.
- Will discuss with Chief secretary and call for assembly session tomorrow. We are 100% confident that we will prove full majority,says Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa on Supreme Court’s order for floor test.
- Congress Supremo Rahul Ghandhi reacts after the SC’s direction.
Today’s Supreme Court order, vindicates our stand that Governor Vala acted unconstitutionally.
The BJP’s bluff that it will form the Govt., even without the numbers, has been called out by the court.
Stopped legally, they will now try money & muscle, to steal the mandate.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 18, 2018
- Yeddyurappa reacts to Supreme Court order, ‘We are going to abide by the orders of the Supreme Court. I will discuss with Chief secretary and call for the assembly session. I have 100 percent confidence that we have full majority and we will prove the majority,’ Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said while addressing the media.
- Key points from Supreme Court order:# The floor test will happen at 4.00 pm on Saturday (tomorrow).
# Oath will be administered to all MLAs before the floor test.
# DGP has been asked to ensure the safety of all lawmakers.
# Government shall not nominate an Anglo-Indian till floor test concludes.
# Pro tem Speaker to decide the mode of floor test.
# Appearing for Yeddyurappa, Rohatgi argued that the time is not enough.
# Chief Minister will not take any major policy decision until the floor test.
- Speaking to the media, Shobha Karandlaje of the BJP has said, ‘We welcome the Supreme Court’s order. We will prove majority on the floor of the House tomorrow. We are ready for the floor test.’
- Supreme Court also said that member of Anglo-Indian community cannot be nominated, says Singhvi
- Yeddy says, will prove majority.
New Delhi: The Apex Court directs for floor test in Karnataka Assembly at 4 pm on Saturday. It also said floor test should be conducted immediately, without delay. After hearing Congress-JD(S) plea against Karnataka Governor inviting BJP to form government.
SC verdict has upheld constitutional morality&democracy. It’s a judgement that should be celebrated. Faith of people in wisdom of SC is vindicated once again. It’s set back for a party that wanted to usurp power, says Ashwani Kumar, Congress.
SC has delivered a historic verdict, many important directions have been given, one of them being that floor test has to be conducted at 4 pm tomorrow under a protem speaker, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Supreme Court also said that oath should be administered to all MLAs before the floor test tomorrow and BS Yeddyurappa cannot take any policy decisions until tomorrow, added Singhvi.
Mukul Rohatgi has submitted an undertaking that BS Yeddyurappa will not take any major policy decision until the floor test. The Apex court will decide whether the Governor’s discretion was right or wrong.
Appearing for Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, Mukul Rohatgi today placed before the Supreme Court letters he had sent to Governor Vajubhai Vala in which he had staked claim to form the government in Karnataka.
Rohatgi told the special bench comprising Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan that being the single largest party the BJP was the “mandate of people” of the state who have thrown out the Congress, according to a PTI report.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Yeddyurappa, told the bench that there was no pre-poll alliance between the Congress and JDS and they have formed an “unholy alliance” after the elections.
At the outset, the bench asked the Attorney General KK Venugopal, “Have you brought those letters (sent to the Governor by Yeddyurappa)?”
The bench directed Rohatgi to give the copies of the letters to the counsel appearing for Congress-JD(S) combine.