SC orders floor test in Karnataka tomorrow at 4 pm

The Supreme Court of India

In a landmark verdict in sensational case of political crisis in Karnataka, Supreme Court has ordered for Floor Test of Karnataka Assembly Tomorrow (Saturday). He asked the governor for 10 days' time to prove his majority.

A leader from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party was sworn in as chief minister of a key southern Indian state on May 17, despite lacking a majority, after the Supreme Court rejected a last-minute bid to block the move.

The BJP emerged as the single largest party in state elections in Karnataka, winning 104 seats in the 225-member assembly but falling short of an outright majority.

Yeddyurappa, who was sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka yesterday, argued that the BJP as the single largest party had the "mandate of people", who had thrown out the Congress.

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The bench will also take up for hearing a fresh application seeking to restrain the chief minster from nominating or appointing any member of the Anglo-Indian community as an MLA in the Assembly until the floor test is conducted. If it fails to elect a Speaker of its choice, then it becomes a pre-cursor to what the floor test would look like.

"I am 100 per cent sure of success", he told reporters after taking over as the chief minister of one of India's most prosperous states. The CJI asked Mr Jethmalani to make a mention on Friday when the case is to be taken up for hearing by a bench headed by Justice Sikri.

Meanwhile, Congress in alliance with the JD (S) is holding protests against Yeddyurappa's swearing-in as CM of Karnataka, after the Supreme Court refused to stay his swearing-in.

After a almost three-and-a-half-hour hearing beginning 2:11 AM, a three-judge apex court bench made it clear that the provisional swearing-in and the government formation would be subject to the final outcome of the case before it. The floor test has to be conducted at 4 pm tomorrow under a protem speaker.

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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".

Dated May 15 and 16, Yeddyurappa had written two letters to Governor Vajubhai Vala on Tuesday and Wednesday to stake his claim for government formation. So, election of Speaker of Karnataka Assembly is to be held and only after that the "willing" Congress or JD (S) MLAs can resign.

At present there are two claimants to power in Karnataka - the Congress-JD (S) alliance claim support of 116 MLAs while the BJP has formed government with 104 MLAs saying that it will prove majority on the floor of the house.

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. The Congress later said it would support a JD-S led government.

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