Supreme Court proposes floor test for Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka tomorrow

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Within hours of BS Yeddyurappa being sworn in as chief minister, Supreme Court today proposed a floor test for Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka Assembly as early as tomorrow.

While hearing the Congress’ plea against governor’s decision to invite Yeddyurappa to form government in Karnataka, the apex court said the ‘floor test seems to be the best option.’

SC observed that as BS Yeddyurappa has claimed majority support and BJP is the single largest party, this has to be tested and a floor test has to be held on Saturday.

‘It is just a number game, one who enjoys the majority should be invited to form the government,” SC observed.

Lawyer for Congress-JD(S), Abhishek Manu Singhvi, submits to Supreme Court that Congress-JD(S) are ready for floor test tomorrow.

Contesting Congress’s claims BJP’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi told Court, ‘We have certain information that many MLAs from other parties have not given any kind of written support to Congress-JD(S).’

Earlier, Supreme Court wanted to know on what basis the Governor asks a party to provide a stable government. BJP’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi submitted that at this stage he does not want to say anything more.

The Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala had on Wednesday invited the BJP, the single largest party in the state, to form a government, overlooking the claims of the Congress and JD(s) combine prompting the latter to move the top court in the middle of the night.

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.

Singhvi had claimed on Wednesday that the JD (S)-Congress combine had the numbers and hence there was no way that the BJP could have had more than 104 members in the 224-member Assembly without falling foul of the anti-defection law. “The anti-defection law does not apply before members are sworn in,” the AG told the bench which dubbed the suggestion as “preposterous”. “That would be an open invitation to horse-trading,” the bench had said.

At Singhvi’s insistence, the bench demanded the May 15 and 16 letters written by the BJP to the Governor staking claim to form a government and his formal response. No party had these letters, which hold the key to power in the state, during the unprecedented midnight hearing.

(With inputs from agencies)

Source: Economic Times