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11 pm: JD(S) MLAs leave from Hyderabad to Bengaluru in two private buses. Congress MLAs too on their way in two private buses.
10.14 pm: Supreme Court to hear Congress' plea against pro-tem speaker Bopaiah at 10.30 am on May 19.
10.10 pm: Congress MLA goes missing in hotel in Hyderabad. He disappeared after talking to a stranger, claim reports. KPCC president Parameshwara says all MLAs are present and together.
10.00 pm: Telangana cops to escort Congress and JD(S) MLAs till Ring Road
9.35 pm: Interim application filed in Supreme Court challenging the appointment of pro-tem speak K G Bopaiah. The application is being examined by the registrar: Sources
9.14 pm: "We are not going to create any problem tomorrow in the assembly. We will sit quietly": Kumaraswamy
9.13 pm: "The BJP has hijacked two MLAs but one of them is in contact with us. Both will come to the assembly tomorrow and will vote for us": Kumaraswamy.
9.12 pm: "In 2010 the Supreme Court had passed a stricture against Bopaiah. Now the governor has appointed him again as pro-tem speaker. So we have moved the Supreme Court against his appointment": Kumaraswamy
9.10 pm: "We wanted to protect our MLAs so we came here (Hyderabad). Now that Supreme Court that give direction to conduct floor test at 4 pm tomorrow, we are going back to Bengaluru. BJP's lack of strength is going to be proved tomorrow and we are going to win the floor test": H D Kumaraswamy in Hyderabad.
9.05 pm: MLAs in Hyderabad to return to Bengaluru by bus, JD(S) chief Kumaraswamy to take chartered flight back home.
9.00 pm: Former chief minister Siddaramaiah made Congress legislative party leader.
8.31 pm: BJP's Pritam Gowda rubbishes reports of him quitting party to join JD(S). "I am a loyal BJP worker. I am not joining the JD(S). I tried to convince JD(S) MLAs to support the BJP, but I will not join JD(S). If such reports have appeared in the media, it raises question on the media's credibility," he said.
8.25 pm: "We have a dozen audio clippings of BJP, on Amit Shah, Modi and others. We will release them one by one," says Congress leader Ugrappa.
8.15 pm: BJP condemns Congress over audio release, says CD fake. "This audio CD is one of the handiworks of Congress' dirty tricks department. This is a fake CD," says union minister Prakash Javadekar.
7.20 pm: Congress MLAs leave from Hyderabad Taj Krishna hotel to travel to Bengaluru.
6.35 pm: The audio released by the Congress is purportedly a conversation between mining baron Janardhana Reddy and Congress MLA Basanagouda. Reddy allegedly promised him ministerial berth along with Rs 150 crore.
6.25 pm: Congress in a press meet releases audio alleging bribe from BJP leaders. "BJP leaders were offering Rs 25 crore to each of our MLAs, now they are offering Rs 150 crore," claims Congress MLC Ugrappa.
6.19 pm: BJP gives its 104 MLAs strict instructions not to stay at home. Instead the MLAs have been told to stay in Shangri La hotel overnight and proceed to Vidhana Soudha directly for the assembly session on May 19. The JD(S) MLAs were in the same hotel on Thursday before being shifted to Hyderabad.
6.06 pm: Congress moves Supreme Court against appointment of K G Bopaiah as pro-tem speaker.
5.58 pm: "All the MLAs are here, we will be leaving for Bengaluru. Siddaramaiah has come here. We have 77 MLAs here. No pressure on us. It will be our government," says Congress MLA Rajashekar Patil in Hyderabad.
5.45 pm: Congress MLAs and leaders meet in Taj hotel in Hyderabad. JD(S) chief H D Kumaraswamy also present.
5.14 pm: Vidhana Soudha secretary S Murthy convenes press meet to brief about tomorrow's floor test. Every MLA should procure certificate of election from respective constituency from the Election Commission. All MLAs will take oath in the morning.
5 pm: Governor summons assembly to meet tomorrow at 11 am.
4.49 pm: "Fully support Bopaiah's appointment as pro-tem speaker. There is nothing illegal about Bopaiah's appointment. Congress is trying to delay proceedings": BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje
3.54 pm: Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao tweets: "BJP is getting desperate...some of our MLA’s are being contacted incessantly, with offers running into 100’s of crores. Is this the morality that Modi talks about. For power they are willing to sell their souls (sic)."
3.49 pm: BJP MLA K G Bopaiah to be pro tem speaker for tomorrow's floor test. Bopaiah takes oath in presence of governor Vajubhai Vala. Congress objects, says seniormost member of the assembly (R V Deshpande) should be the pro-tem speaker as per convention. Bopaiah, a three-time legislator, had been pro-tem speaker in 2008 as well.
3.28 pm: "Yeddyurappa should not have claimed stake to form the government without the numbers. In the last sentence of his letter to the governor on May 15, he decisively declared he will form the government with the support of 'others', even though the EC had not even published the final results": Singhvi.
3.20 pm: "Suprised at BJP saying Congress is baffled. BJP's demand for secret ballot during floor test tells its own story. Yeddyurappa wrote letter to governor at 5 pm on day of election results even before final figures were out. Haven't seen such madness to grab power": Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
3.15 pm: "BJP gaining ground in Congress and JD(S) camps. By tomorrow the picture will be clear. We are confident of winning the floor test. A party that has got only 37 seats wants its leader to be the chief minister, this is a topsy turvy situation for democracy": BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai to NDTV.
2.51 pm: "Congress has not submitted any letter with signatures of 116 MLAs to the governor. When the Supreme Court asked Congress lawyer Abhishek Singhvi to produce an acknowlegement of the letter, he had no answer": Sambit Patra.
2.43 pm: "Congress is murdering the mandate. Constitution cannot be altered on the whims of the Gandhis. The same Congress moved impeachment motion against the CJI. But now it says its faith in the Supreme Court is restored. This selective approach of the Congress will not work": BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra in New Delhi.
2.35 pm: JD(S) MLAs to return from Hyderabad to Bengaluru by flight on May 19 morning before assembly session: Sources
2.30 pm: Siddaramaiah along with other Congress leaders takes special flight to Hyderabad.
2.15 pm: Former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde says governor did the right thing in calling the single largest party to form the government. "But the governor was wrong in giving BJP 15 days to prove majority. This mistake has been rectified by the Supreme Court," he said.
1.53 pm: D K Shivakumar urges Congress-JD(S) MLAs to vote against Yeddyurappa govt during floor test. Cautions them of calls from BJP leaders even at the last minute.
1.52 pm: Emergency session of the Karnataka assembly called tomorrow at 11 am: Reports
1.49 pm: Congress, JD(S) MLAs to return by special flight to Bengaluru instead of taking the bus: Sources
1.45 pm: BJP leaders assemble at a hotel in Bengaluru. CM Yeddyurappa, Prakash Javadekar, Dharmendra Pradhan and other leaders in attendance.
1.41 pm: Congress leader D K Shivakumar calls a meeting of the MLAs in Hyderabad hotel. To take decision on returning to Bengaluru.
1.38 pm: AICC president Rahul Gandhi on Twitter: "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 (sic)."
1.34 pm: Congress MLA Rajashekar Patil dismisses rumours of joining BJP. "I have not received any calls from the BJP. I am Congressman and will remain one. You can check my phone to verify."
1.27 pm: Poorvaj Vishwanath, son of JD(S) MLA H Vishwanath posts on Facebook: "What u call a horse business or horse buying won’t work out with MR.A.H.Vishwanath... v are dedicated workers not opportunity seekers... forget about dad... u believe I am getting calls to influence him for this... sorry for people who asked me to do this... without power just being an MLA u have rights to stand and support people who have elected us... thank u...(sic)."
1.16 pm: "Confident of winning floor test, we welcome the SC order. Congress has given us unconditional support to form government with H D Kumaraswamy as chief minister": JD(S) leader G T Devegowda
1.11 pm: "All Congress, JD(S) and independent MLAs with us. Even Anand Singh is in touch with us. He will vote for Congress": Siddaramaiah. Ghulam Nabi Azad says BJP has illegally confined Anand Singh, but he will still vote for Congress.
1.09 pm: "Undemocratic, unconstitutional act by governor Vala": Siddaramaiah
1.05 pm: "Governor is listening to Amit Shah and PM Modi instead of following the Constitution. What the Governor did was a murder of democracy. Amit Shah and Narendra Modi do not respect the Constitution and the democracy": Siddaramaiah
1.05 pm: "Yeddyurappa in his letter to the governor gave names of only 104 MLAs including his own. No more names were furnished. He asked for only seven days time, but the governor gave him 15 days. This is unconstitutional": Siddaramaiah
1 pm: "BJP does not have the numbers to prove majority. We do. Even the independents are with us. We have 118 MLAs. We urged the governor to invite us to form the government thrice, and even though we had the numbers we were not invited. Hence we approached the Supreme Court": Siddaramaiah
12.56 pm: "Historic decision by Supreme Court. I welcome the verdict and congratulate the SC judges": Siddaramaiah
12.54 pm: pro-tem speaker who conducts the floor test should be the seniormost member of the house as per convention: Azad
12.50 pm: "No governor in the history of independent India has given a chief minister two weeks to prove majority. The maximum time given was one week. Two weeks was given to break the political parties and topple democracy": Ghulam Nabi Azad.
12.46 pm: Congress district committee files missing complaint urging police to find Vijaynagar MLA Anand Singh.
12.45 pm: "On behalf of AICC, I would like to thank the honourable judges of the Supreme Court who rose to the occasion to save democracy and who proved once again that in this country there is rule of law": Ghulam Nabi Azad.
12.44 pm: Congress leaders call press meet in Bengaluru. Former CM Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjuna Kharge present.
12.42 pm: Congress unable to contact MLA Anand Singh. Suspicions of poaching by BJP arise: Sources
12.41 pm: Congress decides to ferry back its MLAs to Bengaluru this evening.
12.40 pm: Chief minister Yeddyurappa arrives at Vidhana Soudha, calls emergency meet in his office
12.25 pm: We welcome the judgement of the Supreme Court which has upheld democratic principles. Congress and JD(S) have a comfortable majority in the assembly and it will be proven in the floor test tomorrow, says Karnataka Congress.
12.14 pm: Congress terms SC's decision 'victory of democracy', says ready for floor test.
12.13 pm: We respect the Supreme Court's decision and we are confident of proving our majority in the floor test: Chief minister Yeddyurappa.
12.06 pm: Congress leader D K Shivakumar hires over 11 bouncers and gunmen to guard Congress and JD(S) MLAs.
12.05 pm: "BJP is ready and confident of winning trust vote In #Karnataka . We will prove our majority on the floor of the House," tweets union minister Prakash Javadekar.
11.55 am: Historic decision by the Supreme Court: Abhishek Singhvi tells reporters.
11.54 am: SC says CM Yeddyurappa should not take any major decisions on policy or governance till the floor test.
11.35: SC issues order for floor test on May 19 at 4 pm.
11.34 am: Cannot give more time, SC tells BJP
11.32 am: BJP's lawyer Mukul Rohatgi opposes floor test tomorrow, says need more time.
11.30 am: SC tells governor not to nominate any Anglo-Indian community member as MLA till floor test is over.
11.27 am: Congress, JD(S) agree for floor test on May 19, SC says will order DGP to make proper arrangements.
11.22 am: Kapil Sibal representing JD(S) chief H D Kumaraswamy, says governor has no discretionary powers on the matter.
11.20 am: 'Why should governor give first chance to BJP to prove majority when Congress-JD(S) combine has the numbers?': Singhvi
11.15 am: Not averse to floor test tomorrow: Congress counsel Abhishek Singhvi
11.13 am: Better to hold floor test tomorrow, cannot give more time: Justice Sikri
11.10 am: Supreme Court gives two options to petitioners - to make lengthy arguments on governor's decision, or to consider proving majority on Saturday May 19.
11.04 am: BJP will get support from Congress and JD(S) MLAs: Rohatgi tells Supreme Court
11 am: "We can prove majority in floor of assembly. No need for Yeddyurappa to give names," says BJP counsel Mukul Rohatgi
10.58 am: Supreme Court examining letters submitted by Rohatgi - letter from Yeddyurappa to judges stating BJP is single largest party, and to allow BJP to prove majority.
10.55 am: Karnataka Congress protests in Bengaluru. Protests across India likely.
10.50 am: "We will get justice in court. The BJP has no numbers and is indulging in horsetrading. We have submitted affidavits with signatures of all 116 MLAs while the BJP is talking in the air. BJP's reverse countdown has begun across India," says Congress leader Ashok Gehlot.
10.45 am: Hearing begins in courtroom number 6. Mukul Rohatgi representing BJP while Abhishek Singhvi representing Congress. "We will show Yeddyurappa's letter to governor in the court," says Rohatgi. Senior Congress leaders Chidambaram also present in court.
10.37 am: The courtroom is jampacked. Congress leaders and lawyers Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi are in the court. Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also arrive.
10.28 am: The Supreme Court is likely to cut down the 15-day time given to BJP to prove majority
10.26 am: Supreme Court will soon start the hearing on Congress-JD(S) plea against Karnataka governor's decision to invite the BJP to form government. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court will also examine a fresh application by the Congress-JD(S) combine challenging the governor's decision to nominate an Anglo-Indian MLA to assembly till the floor test is conducted.
10.25 am: Newly-appointed DIG of intelligence bureau Sandeep Patil visits CM Yeddyurappa's residence in Dollar's Colony, Bengaluru
10.23 am: Congress and JD(S) MLAs, who left for Hyderabad by buses late last night, are staying in separate hotels. Another source says MLAs of both parties are staying in Taj Krishna hotel