SC Orders For Floor Test Tomorrow 4:00 PM

Glen Norman
May 18, 2018

The apex court was hearing a petition moved by the Congress-JDS combine challenging the governor's decision to invite the BJP to form government.

On Wednesday, the governor sided with the BJP however, asking it to form a government and prove its majority within 15 days in the assembly, according to a copy of a letter posted by the party on Twitter. "This will be a clear indication as to which way the floor test will go", a BJP source said, pointing out that the role of the previous Speaker, who did not take a decision on disqualification of seven JD (S) rebel MLAs who cross-voted in the election to Rajya Sabha in 2016, led to the defeat of the official nominee of the party, B.M. Farooq.

The BJP has 104 lawmakers, eight short of a simple majority, while the Congress won 78 seats and its ally Janata Dal (Secular) has 37 members.

Rohatgi told the bench that there was no pre-poll alliance between the Congress and JD (S) and that they had formed an "unholy alliance" after the elections. He removed all the Police forces at the Eagleton Resort where the MLAs of Congress and JDS stayed in Bengaluru.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said the Supreme Court order on floor test in Karnataka was a vindication of the party's stand that the governor acted "unconstitutionally".

The top court said the pro tem speaker will take decisions in accordance with the law on the issue of the floor test.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has eked out a narrow, uncertain victory following a bitterly-fought state election in the south Indian state of Karnataka, with its minority government sworn in Thursday.

In a dramatic turn of events, the SC heard the Congress-JD (S) petition against Governor Vajubhai Vala's invite to Yeddyurappa for almost three and a half hours on Thursday starting at 1.45 am.

Targeting the BJP, he said, "A murder accused is the president of a national party, which has not been seen in the last 70 years".

Yeddyurappa was administered the oath alone, hours after the Supreme Court refused to stay his swearing-in.

The bench, comprising judges A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, will hear the matter again on Friday and has asked the BJP to furnish in the court the letter of support from newly-elected legislators that Yeddyurappa submitted to the Governor when he staked claim to form the government.

Karnataka has been witnessing political turmoil after the announcement of results of state assembly polls on May 15. They also got the support of one Independent MLA, taking their collective number to 117.

Rohatgi also said that there was no need for Yeddyurappa to give names of all MLAs who were supporting him to Governor and he was ready to prove majority any time.

Supreme Court, however, rejected the videographing proposal.

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