Bengaluru: The Karnataka Elections has undoubtedly been one of the most dramatic elections in recent times. Right from the campaigning to the results, the battle has been fierce and aggressive.
Here’s winding up the elections from you in simple steps:
- Karnataka goes to polls on May 12. Both Congress and BJP express confidence of winning
- Exit Polls on channels differ. Some claim BJP as winner while most talk of Hung Assembly, predicting JD(S) to become the Kingmaker
- May 15 – Results are announced. Initial reports indicate BJP touch the magic number of 112.
- Final results show BJP at 104, Congress 78 and JD(S) 37.
- Congress and JD(S) waste no time and enter into alliance. Congress decides to give up its Chief Ministerial position to JD(S).
- Both parties meet Governor and stake claim to form Government
- On May 16 late evening, Governor invites BJP to form the Government despite not having the numbers the next morning – May 17 at 9am. He gets 15 days to prove majority. Congress and JD(S) MLAs kept in a resort
- Congress decides to file an Urgent petition in the Supreme Court. CJI forms a 3-member bench. Hearing goes on from 2am to 5:30am. SC rejects plea to defer swearing-in and saves another hearing for May 18 (Friday). Congress and JD(S) MLAs taken to Hyderabad to avoid poaching
- On May 17, BS Yeddyurappa is sworn-in as CM
- On May 18, SC directs Yeddyurappa to take Floor Test on May 19 at 4pm. Governor appoints former controversial BJP MLA KG Bopaiah, who is close to Yeddyurappa as pro-term Speaker Congress goes for another midnight petition which is rejected
- SC again rejects plea for change in pro-term Speaker but allows for live proceedings of the Floor Test
- On May 19, Congress brings MLAs on time for the swearing-in. But minutes ahead of the floor test, BS Yeddyurappa resigns from the post of Chief Minister.
The entire episode were marred with mud-slinging, with the Congress also sharing audio tapes of BJP leaders including Yeddyurappa trying to poach MLAs.
Congress-JD(S) have been invited to form the Government and the swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place on Wednesday.