Karnataka: Supreme Court orders floor test tomorrow

The Supreme Court comprising a bench of three judges A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan ordered Karnataka’s Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa to take floor test in the house at 4 pm tomorrow to determine whether it has the support of the required number of MLAs to continue in government.

The Supreme Court has also directed CM Yedyurappa not to take any major policy decisions and nominate any Anglo-Indian member to the House till he wouldn’t prove the floor test tomorrow, The Indian Express reported.

BJP Legislature Party leader B S Yeddyurappa has taken oath as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday, a day after the Governor Valubhai Vala invited him to form government in the state and he was given 15 days to prove majority in the house.

The BJP emerged as the single largest party in the recently held Assembly elections securing 104 seats in the 224-member House but fell short of majority by 8 seats. While the Congress won 78 seats, the JD(S) came third with 37 seats. Both BS Yeddyurappa and  HD Kumaraswamy together with Congress leaders had met the Governor to stake claim to form the next government.

As the votes were being counted, the Congress Party declared an unconditional support to JD(S) and the support has been accepted by JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister, in a bid to keep the BJP out of power.

The Congress-JD(S) alliance went to the Supreme Court against the governor’s decision on Wednesday night. In a dramatic move, Congress’s Abhishek Manu Singhvi approached the Supreme Court late on Wednesday night, seeking a stay on the swearing-in of the Chief Minister but the SC declined to stay BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in. The Supreme Court refused to decline the Congress’s demand stating that it can’t overturn the decision of the Governor without seeing on what basis the BJP had claimed to have the numbers.

The order of Supreme Court has comes on Friday on the petitions filed by the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) on Wednesday night, challenging Governor Vala’s move.

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