Some MLAs will be moved to Kochi and Pondicherry: TV reports
The Congress party, as well as the JD(S), are on Thursday moving their MLAs from Bengaluru to different locations to prevent them from defecting to BJP.
The Congress MLAs, who were staying at former minister DK Sivakumar's Eagleton resort in Bengaluru, were earlier reported to be being moved to Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kochi.
ANI later quoted JDS MLA Shivarame Gowda saying that "some of Congress and JD(S) MLAs are going to Kochi and some to Hyderabad." The JD(S) lawmakers were staying at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bengaluru.
Around 2 am, MLAs of both parties were seen going to Hyderabad by road. Reportedly, they were not allowed to go by air by the DGCA who allegedly cancelled three chartered flights to Kochi, Kerala.
Opposition parties today accused the BJP of "murder of democracy" and "trampling" the Constitution, with the Congress demanding that Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala be recalled as it dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to prove BJP's majority in the state tomorrow itself.
Parties like TMC, CPI-M and BSP, besides RJD, stood in unison to target the BJP and asserted that if the single largest party was to form the government, then BJP governments in states like Bihar, Goa, Manipur and Meghayala should resign.
The Congress also decided to observe tomorrow as 'Save Democracy Day' saying party workers across the country will hold protests and dharnas at all district headquarters against Vala's "illegal" decision to allow BS Yeddyurappa to take over as chief minister, "despite being in a minority".
Congress and JD(S) MLAs board buses to Hyderabad
We have to take some caution. To stop horse-trading, they(MLAs) are moving together. All MLAs(JD(S) & Congress) are travelling in the bus, they are going to stay in the same place: HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S) on Congress & JD(S) MLAs being shifted from Bengaluru #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/4he06AGwAk— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
The Congress on Thursday said that the party MLAs, lodged at Eagleton Resort in Bengaluru will be shifted today in order to avoid alleged horse-trading attempts by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy further said that Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S) MLAs are not coming along with them.
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#CORRECTION in #VISUALS: Bus carrying Congress MLAs seen leaving Eagleton Resort in Bengaluru where the MLAs were staying. Congress' Ramalinga Reddy claimed that after the police was withdrawn from outside the resort,BJP came inside & offered money to the MLAs #KarnatakaElections pic.twitter.com/QsknkWvTMM— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
In a tweet, Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said "heard news from different sources that the elected representatives of K'taka are travelling to Kerala. As the tourism minister of the state, we are happy to welcome them & aid them, there wont be any trouble of horse traders here!".
The Director General of Civil Aviation has allegedly denied permission for three chartered flights, which were carrying MLAs to fly out from Bengaluru airport.
The flights were set to fly out for Punjab.
The Congress MLAs, who were camped at former minister DK Sivakumar's Eagleton resort, Bengaluru since yesterday, will now be reportedly moved out of Karnataka through road.
BJP can't use 2 rules for 1 game. BJP, Central govt & their governors have been exposed in front of the nation. It should be the duty of central govt to protect the constitution & democracy but it's unfortunate that we have to protect these from the central govt: Ghulam Nabi Azad pic.twitter.com/nUA0aE0VgB— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
With 15 days left for #BharatiyaJanataParty to prove its majority in the #Karnataka Assembly, outgoing Chief Minister #Siddaramaiah alleged that the former was resorting to horse-trading to get the required number.— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) May 17, 2018
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I condemn horse trading, in general, as it's bad for all. We always respect democratic institutions. Problem is today somebody may come in power & tomorrow he may not be in power but if we violate the constitution, it's going to have an adverse effect on us: WB CM Mamata Banerjee pic.twitter.com/EvP7RV1UBn— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
In constitution there's no separate rule for Goa & K'taka. Though Guv committed mistake in 2017 she has chance to rectify it now. We're confident. Guv has given time for 11.30 am tomorrow. I'll go with MLAs to meet her & stake our claim to form govt: Chella Kumar, Goa in-charge pic.twitter.com/Kck494DoJ2— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
National President of JD(S) HD Deve Gowda had a telephonic conversation with Congress President Rahul Gandhi over the current political situation in the state of Karnataka.
There has been murder of democracy. Let us wait till tomorrow,we feel justice will be in favour of us. Already a chaos is happening throughout country. In Bihar, Goa, Manipur&other states where we were single largest party, they're asking for same formula: DK Shivakumar, Congress pic.twitter.com/tJHg6LRAeg— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
BJP people are doing horse-trading. This is unethical and against the principles of democracy. No MLA will yield to their demand: Siddaramaiah, Congress.
We're seeking appointment from Guv for tomorrow. We were single largest party&had immediately met Guv after results were announced but we weren't invited to form govt. Based on recent developments, if BJP can be given chance to form govt, why not us?: OI Singh, Former Manipur CM pic.twitter.com/WiclxOAwwB— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
Whatever BJP's done in #Karnataka is in accordance with rule book. Congress is ill informed & as a result is making these funny claims. They don't have faith on their MLAs as they have held them captive in a resort. JDS & Congress are scared after being exposed: Prakash Javadekar pic.twitter.com/r683Xuv0EH— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
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How will BJP prove majority? Amit Shah has only one formula, horse-trading or sending agencies like CBI & ED behind MLAs of other parties. It's dictatorship by BJP. If we aren't united today then it was Bihar yesterday, Karnataka today, can be MP or Rajasthan tomorrow: Tejashwi Yadav
Party has decided that we'll meet Guv at 1 pm tomorrow & demand that like BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, was called to form the govt, similarly the current govt here be dissolved & the single largest party, RJD, be invited to form the govt: Tejashwi Yadav, RJD pic.twitter.com/9KYko9gIf0— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
All India Congress Committee General Secy Ashok Gehlot issues letter requesting all Pradesh Congress Committees, leaders & workers to organise state-wide dharnas at state capitals&dist HQs tomorrow to protest against K'taka Guv for inviting BS Yedurappa for making govt in K'taka. pic.twitter.com/5dCrttZZyp— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
Congress-JD(S) moves fresh plea in Supreme Court challenging Governor's decision to nominate an Anglo-Indian MLA to Assembly. Court to hear their plea on Friday along with the main case against Karnataka Governor for inviting BS Yedurappa for making government.
BS Yeddyurappa is going to be the CM for a day, half of which has already gone by: Randeep Surjewala, Congress
#Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa arrived at BJP party
Vajubhai Vala had sacrificed his seat for Narendra Modi earlier,y'day he sacrificed Constitution&democracy for him. He conducted 1st encounter of Constitution y'day when he invited BJP to form govt. Today when he swore-in BS Yeddyurappa,he conducted its 2nd encounter: R Surjewala pic.twitter.com/7DVyzU8vxW— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today said the fate of B S Yeddyurappa is sealed in his letter given to Governor Vajubhai Vala as it makes no mention of a number bigger than the 104 BJP MLAs.
BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha today questioned the party's decision to form a government in Karnataka without a required majority and said politics of "Dhan-shakti over Jan-shakti" was neither acceptable nor desirable.
We would be holding a one-day dharna against the murder of democracy in Karnataka. We also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka to invite the single largest party, which in Bihar is the RJD: Tejashwi Yadav.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati hits out at BJP and termed the entire episode as a conspiracy to destroy the Constitution.
The Governor is going against the Constitution.The role of Governor is being dictated by the govt. He was a RSS member and a Cabinet Minister under Modi Saheb in Gujarat. It is obvious that he will listen to the Centre: Capt. Amarinder Singh, Punjab CM #KarnatakaElections pic.twitter.com/AbDT2Ul8g6— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2018
Advocate NP Amrutesh files PIL in Karnataka High Court against BJP forming Govt in the state. PIL states Court should not allow defection of MLAs to BJP through resigning or cross voting.
DMK's Stalin says Karnataka governor's decision will only enable horse trading
Karnataka Governor's hasty invitation to BJP to form govt despite INC-JD(S)-BSP having majority of MLAs to form govt is arbitrary & unconstitutional. This will only enable horse-trading & destroy democratic foundations: Stalin
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Senior Congress leaders and MLAs return to a resort near Bengaluru; decide to wait for SC decision on their petition challenging governor's to decision to invite Yeddyurappa to form government.
The ‘Murder of Democracy’ happens the minute a desperate Congress made an ‘opportunist’ offer to the JD(S), not for Karnataka’s welfare but for their petty political gains. Shameful!— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 17, 2018
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I had promised the farmers that I would waive off loans up to Rs 1 lakh and weavers' loan upto Rs 1 lakh as soon as I become the CM. I have already conveyed it to the Chief Secretary who will give me statistics by this evening. We will proceed with the waiver within 2 days: New Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa.
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Yeddyurappa thanks farmers and poor of the state
Thanks to the love of people I have taken oath as CM for the 3rd time. I thank the farmers, the poor of the state. Despite me having the people's mandate the Congress and JDS have come together to steal it from me: Yeddyurappa
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There was no urgency according to me. There was no need for the matter to be listed at night. SC has the power to undo if any wrong is done. Last night we didn't have all the papers, except the petition: Mukul Rohatgi
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