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Live Updates: Karnataka battle in Supreme Court today as Congress-JDS move to protect MLAs


08:18 IST: All eyes on Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Congress challenge against the Karnataka Governor’s order at 10:30 am today. The Congress has questioned how the Governor can invite the BJP to form government when the Congress-JD (S) combine have the support of a majority of the newly elected MLAs in Karnataka.

08:45 IST: Meanwhile, the Congress has requested President Ramnath Kovind to grant it time to register a protest over the BJP’s ‘theatrics’. The Congress is learnt to have told the Rashtrapati Bhavan that a small delegation of Congress MLAs, led by senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, would like to meet the President.

08:56 IST: What happened last night
The Congress and the JD (S), late last night, seemingly embarked on a secret mission to relocate their MLAs. The two parties, wary of the Yeddyurappa-controlled government machinery targeting their legislators, were reportedly making plans to transport them to Pudducherry and Kerala. Right now, there is no word on where the MLAs are being taken. What we know is that the Congress is indeed moving its MLAs somewhere. Here is a video shot by an India Today TV correspondent outside a Bengaluru resort that shows the MLAs boarding buses last night.
Coordinated move : Congress – JDS MLAs leave in buses / cars from Eagleton Resort and Shangri La Hotel and heading toward non-BJP state … pic.twitter.com/ej9Skx8PeV
— Supriya Bhardwaj (@Supriya23bh) May 17, 2018

09:12 IST: Incredible Kerala
Kerala seems to be making the most of all the drama that is playing out in Karnataka, it seems. On the day of the election results, when it became clear that a hung assembly was in the offing, the state’s tourism department tweeted, “After the rough and tumble of the Karnataka verdict, we invite all the MLAs to unwind at the safe and beautiful resorts of Gods Own Country.” That tweet was later taken down. Now, Kerala’s tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran has tweeted something similar to invite Congress and JD (S) MLAs from Karnataka to “God’s Own Country” to avoid ‘horse-traders’. His tweet came amid speculation that the newly-elected lawmakers may travel to Kochi to prevent any poaching bid.
Heard news frm diff 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 won’t be any trouble of horse traders here! #KarnatakaElections2018 #KeralaLeads #KarnatakaCMRace
— Kadakampally (@kadakampalli) May 17, 2018

08:18 IST: All eyes on Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Congress challenge against the Karnataka Governor’s order at 10:30 am today. The Congress has questioned how the Governor can invite the BJP to form government when the Congress-JD (S) combine have the support of a majority of the newly elected MLAs in Karnataka.

08:45 IST: Meanwhile, the Congress has requested President Ramnath Kovind to grant it time to register a protest over the BJP’s ‘theatrics’. The Congress is learnt to have told the Rashtrapati Bhavan that a small delegation of Congress MLAs, led by senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, would like to meet the President.

08:56 IST: What happened last night
The Congress and the JD (S), late last night, seemingly embarked on a secret mission to relocate their MLAs. The two parties, wary of the Yeddyurappa-controlled government machinery targeting their legislators, were reportedly making plans to transport them to Pudducherry and Kerala. Right now, there is no word on where the MLAs are being taken. What we know is that the Congress is indeed moving its MLAs somewhere. Here is a video shot by an India Today TV correspondent outside a Bengaluru resort that shows the MLAs boarding buses last night.
Coordinated move : Congress – JDS MLAs leave in buses / cars from Eagleton Resort and Shangri La Hotel and heading toward non-BJP state … pic.twitter.com/ej9Skx8PeV
— Supriya Bhardwaj (@Supriya23bh) May 17, 2018

09:12 IST: Incredible Kerala
Kerala seems to be making the most of all the drama that is playing out in Karnataka, it seems. On the day of the election results, when it became clear that a hung assembly was in the offing, the state’s tourism department tweeted, “After the rough and tumble of the Karnataka verdict, we invite all the MLAs to unwind at the safe and beautiful resorts of Gods Own Country.” That tweet was later taken down. Now, Kerala’s tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran has tweeted something similar to invite Congress and JD (S) MLAs from Karnataka to “God’s Own Country” to avoid ‘horse-traders’. His tweet came amid speculation that the newly-elected lawmakers may travel to Kochi to prevent any poaching bid.
Heard news frm diff 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 won’t be any trouble of horse traders here! #KarnatakaElections2018 #KeralaLeads #KarnatakaCMRace
— Kadakampally (@kadakampalli) May 17, 2018

It is day two of Yeddyurappa’s fresh innings as Karnataka chief minister. He faces a big test today, with the Supreme Court expected to hear the Congress’s petition challenging the Karnataka Governor’s decision to invite the BJP form government in the state. After this week’s Karnataka election results, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party but Congress-JDS claimed to have the support of more number of MLAs. Stay with IndiaToday.in as we bring you the latest on this developing situation.