Supreme Court orders floor test in Karnataka Assembly tomorrow at 4 PM

Karnataka Natak The Game Has Only Begun

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah skipped the swearing-in of B.S. Yeddyurappa on Thursday morning to counter the perception that the invite from a "friendly" governor to form the Karnataka government was pre-planned, source said.

India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Chief Minister of the southern state of Karnataka B.S. Yeddyurappa leaves to meet the state governor to stake claim to form the government, in Bengaluru, India, May 16, 2018.

The main opposition Congress party forged a post-poll alliance with a regional party and told the state governor it had a combined tally of at least 117 seats and should be allowed to form the government in the state.

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. Floor Test shouldn't be conducted via secret ballot, said the apex court in its judgement. However, the bench of Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan have declared for conducting Floor Test tomorrow considering the urgency in the issue. To win floor test tomorrow, BS Yeddyurappa government needs to have support of 111 MLAs in Karnataka Assembly.

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This comes after the same three-judge bench refused to stay Yeddyurappa's swearing in as CM on Thursday but asked him to produce the letters he had given to the Governor in court - these have names and signatures of the MLAs supporting him.

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". The apex court made it clear that it won't stay the swearing-in but it would be subject to outcome of the petition in the court on Friday.

The court had directed the Centre to place before it two communications sent by Yeddyurappa to the governor in which he had staked claim to form government, saying their perusal was necessary to decide the case. Elections were held for all but two of the 224 seats. The Election Commission has tabulated the results of the just-concluded Assembly elections and submitted a detailed list of 222 candidates, who have been elected from all political parties.

The majority mark is 112 seats.

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The court has asked that the letter given by Yeddyurappa and senior BJP leaders to the Governor in which it was stated that the party has the requisite number of MLAs to form the government be produced before the court.

Supreme Court, however, rejected the videographing proposal.

He also pointed out in court that BJP was claiming it had the majority without revealing names or numbers, whereas the Congress and JD (S) had presented a letter to the Governor with the MLAs' details.

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