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SC orders BJP govt for floor test tomorrow itself; in Karnataka

directive came from a bench of justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan as they listened to a writ petition filed by the Congress-JD(S)

The top court directed for the Karnataka assembly floor test to be carried out by Saturday 4 pm.

The Supreme Court, in its hearing on Friday, gave out that verdict.

The directive came from a bench of justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan as they listened to a writ petition filed by the Congress-JD(S).

The two parties had petitioned regarding Governor Vajubhai Vala’s invitation to the BJP to form government in Karnataka.

“It is better to hold floor test on Saturday and not give any time to anyone rather than go into legality of Governor’s decision to invite B S Yeddyurappa,” the bench said during proceedings.

This came about when the senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for newly-crowned chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, opposed the court’s proposed day and asked it to set a more reasonable date for the floor test.

To this the Supreme Court cited past precedents fixing such time period for floor test.

Soon after proceedings began at 10.30am, Rohatgi handed over two letters stating that Yeddyurappa has been elected as leader of BJP, the largest party in the Karantaka assembly, and that he has the support of necessary number of MLAs.

He revealed that BJP would receive support from legislators belonging to Congress and JDS and the letters written by Congress-JD(S) does not show signs of each and every MLA declaring its support to the post-poll alliance.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing the Congress, asked the court to decide which party should get the chance to prove majority first.

Singhvi also asserted that Congress-JD(S) is ready for a floor test on Saturday, without any delay.

He went on to say that there should be videography and proper security provided to legislators so they may vote fearlessly. SC said it will order DGP to make proper arrangements for floor test on Saturday.

Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, counsel to JD(S) Karnataka unit chief H D Kumaraswamy, sought a division of benches in the assembly and the appointment of a protem speaker.

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