Supreme Court orders floor test for Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka tomorrow
The political drama in Karnataka will start tomorrow. The Supreme Court on Friday ……. to Congress-JDS petition challenging Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka without sufficient Majority to form Government.
The Supreme Court has directed to conduct a floor test. If the MLAs did not attend due to security reasons, order will be given to State DGP. Court cleared that party which prove the strength of the legislature can form the government.
“Let the House decide and the best course would be floor test,” a three-judge bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said.
The Supreme Court, which initiated an inquiry at the Congress and JDS petition this morning at 10.30 am, ordered Yeddyurappa to submit letters requesting the governor to form a government. Subsequently, Mukul Rohatgi, who is arguing for the BJP, gave the letters to the court. Rohatgi also said that they have the necessary majority to form the government and are willing to prove it in the floor test. He added that we have support from the Congress-JDS MLAs.
The Supreme Court has expressed a surprise at the Governor’s decision. “Better that the floor test is on Saturday (tomorrow) so that nobody gets any time,” said the judges. Chief Minister of a minority government in Karnataka, has to prove its majority at 4 pm tomorrow, the Supreme Court has said. The Congress-JDS agreed to the court decision.
AG Rohatgi responded on this occasion and asked the court to give some time for the floor test. However, the court rejected the plea. Supreme court said., “We do not want to give time to anyone … Without any delay floor test should be conducted on saturday itself”
As already known A three-judge bench, comprising Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, had refused the Congress plea to defer the swearing in scheduled for earlier on Thursday to examine the claims and counterclaims of the two parties.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala had controversially given Mr Yeddyurappa 15 days to prove his majority. His lawyer Mukul Rohatgi, the former central government lawyer, asked for a week today but the court rejected it. The BJP is eight members short of the 112-majority mark in Karnataka.