Dramatic turn of events through the night inside and outside the courtroom that saw a rare post-midnight hearing.

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Recently conducted elections has put political parties a fractured verdict that resulted in hung assembly in that,

Congress got 38.0%, and secured 13824005 votes
BJP got 36.2% and secured 13185384 votes
JD(S) got 18.3%, and secured 6666307 votes

With 104 MLAs in the 224-member Assembly, the BJP is the single largest party, though bjp lost deposit in 29 seats and shockingly got 638621 votes less than congress that got 78 seats.

While the JD(S)-Congress coalition, formed after the election results were declared, has 118 legislators. It has also claimed support of 1 independent MLA and BSP party MLA.

When Congress leader and Sr.Lawyer dragged the matter to Supreme Court the dramatic events happened.

"As far as swearing-in is concerned, we are not restraining it, but we are making it subject to the outcome of the case," a three-judge bench, comprising justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, said in a rare past-midnight hearing that was continuing till the wee hours of Thursday.

Toiling hard to control the levers of power in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa and H D Kumaraswamy, the leader of the newly formed JD(S)-Congress alliance had earlier met Vala and staked claim to form the government.

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05:28 am | SC issues notice to Karnataka govt and Yeddyurappa on Cong-JD(S) petition. The top court directs letter sent by BJP to Governor be placed before it. "It is necessary to peruse letter sent by BJP to Governor to decide the matter."

05:26 am | SC refuses to stay swearing-in ceremony of B S Yeddyurappa as chief minister of Karnataka.

05:21 am | Number of days to be given to Yeddyurappa to prove majority can be debated after two days: Rohatgi to SC.

05:11 am | Arguments ends.

04:50 am | Abhishek Manu Singhvi pleads the swearing-in ceremony to be deferred by 4.30 pm today while BJP's lawyer Mukul Rohatgi continues his argument.

04:32 am | SC refuses to defer swearing-in ceremony.

04:31 am | Singhvi pursuing SC bench not to dictate order.

04:06 am | Question is can there be an injunction against the Governor: Rohatgi to SC.

04:02 am | Dismiss the petition right away as it is misconceived: Rohatgi tells SC.

04:00 am | Government and BJP council says they are ready to conduct floor-test within 7 days. The hearing continues in Court no 6 of Supreme Court.

03:45 am | If Cong-JD(S) outweigh BJP in number, how they are claiming majority? Why has Governor given 15 days for floor test: SC.

03:40 am | AG starts argument, says whole thing in grey area. It is in realm of scrutiny. AG says swearing-in subject to outcome of floor test and SC can hear the matter after that.

03:37 am | Unless we see BJP's letter, we do not know what kind of majority it has; we can't speculate.

03:14 am | You want us to scrutinise discretion of Guv but you don't have letter given to Guv which found basis for inviting BJP: SC tells Singhvi.

02:50 am | Supreme Court Observes: We are wondering whether SC can restrain Guv that might lead to a constitutional vacuum in the state. A general trend of past SC judgment is not to issue an injunction to Governor or to retrain Governor.

02:50 am | SC asks can apex court restrain Governor from inviting a party to form govt; Singhvi says SC has done in past.

02:45 am | AM Singhvi says, Governor negated democracy by not calling Cong-JD(S) combine commanding majority in Karnataka. It is biggest license to poaching if Guv gives 15 days to BJP to prove majority; in earlier such cases 48 hrs given by SC.

02:30 am | Abhishek Manu Singhvi argues in court. Says it is unheard of to give 15 days for floor test. Giving permission to someone who is having 104 seats as compared to the other group that is having 116, is adding insult to injury.

02:19 am | Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing BJP and BS Yeddyurappa, says no injunction can be issued to Governor.

02:11 am | SC bench, comprising justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, commences hearing on the matter. Attorney General K K Venugopal, ASG Maninder Singh in court for hearing.

01:00 am | SC accepts Congress' plea against Governors' decision to invite @BSYBJP to form govt. SC constitutes bench for urgent hearing, matter to be heard at 1:45 am in court no-2

12:30 am | Supreme Court Registrar arrives at the residence of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, with the petition filed by Congress and JD(S)

11:45 pm | I seek your support and blessings as I take oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow on May 17 at 9 AM in Raj Bhavan. Honorable Governor Shri Vajubhai Vala will administer the oath.

11:30 pm | Union Minister Prakash Javadekar arrived at the residence of BS Yeddyurappa. He says, "Definitely, we have (numbers). You will see it."

11: 25 pm | HD Kumaraswamy arrives at Eagleton Resort in Bengaluru where Congress and JD(S) MLAs are staying.

10:15 pm | Congress moves Supreme Court against Karnataka Governor's invitation to BJP to form government.

09:45 pm | Karnataka Governor encountered Constitution at the behest of PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, says Congress.

09:30 pm | BJP leader Murlidhar Rao says BS Yeddyurappa will be taking oath (as CM of Karnataka) alone, after proving majority cabinet will be sworn in.