Karnataka Floor Test to Be Held Tomorrow, Supreme Court Says

Karnataka Floor Test to Be Held Tomorrow, Supreme Court Says

"In case, he is given oath in the meantime, that shall be subject to further orders of this court and final outcome of the writ petition", the court said. The Apex court will resume hearing on Karnataka political row at 10.30 AM today.

The BJP emerged as the single largest party in state elections in Karnataka, winning 104 seats in the 225-member assembly but falling short of an outright majority.

The bench also asked the BJP government not to take any major policy decision till it proves its majority in the house and rejected Yeddyurappa's request that the vote of confidence be conducted in the assembly via a secret ballot.

Reacting to the development, the Congress said that it was extraordinary and demanded the Supreme Court to take note of this 'confession.' Pawan Khera told NDTV that Rohatgi's statement was a confession of horse-trading and the top court ought to have taken note of his confession.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala had invited BS Yeddyurappa to form the government following which he was sworn in as the state's chief minister.

BJP Lok Sabha member Shobha Karandlaje tweeted that her party was in contact with Congress legislators who were upset with the party leadership for aligning with the JD (S).

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Chief Minister, had sought reasonable time till Monday for the floor test but the bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, ordered for Saturday. The Congress lawmakers, who have been camped at the Eagleton resort in Bengaluru since yesterday, are now being moved out of the state in a bus.

Dated May 15 and 16, Yeddyurappa had written two letters to Governor Vajubhai Vala on Tuesday and Wednesday to stake his claim for government formation. "People are with me and the BJP and I am confident that I will win the majority and be in power for the next five years", he said.

Alert to the possibility that the Supreme Court could ask it to prove its majority on the floor of the Karnataka Assembly before schedule, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday made efforts to woo Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs.

The Congress alleged that the way the Governor invited the BJP, with 104 seats, to form the government was done in an "unconstitutional manner" when their alliance with HD Kumaraswamy-led JD (S) crossed the required mark at 116 seats. Voting was not held in two of the 224 constituencies on May 12 and the results were announced on May 15.

Lashing out at the Governor's move, the Congress called it "partisan and biased" and rushed to the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing that commenced at 2.20 a.m. and concluded at 5.30 in the morning.

In a turn of events, the JD-S and Congress forge a post-poll alliance and got the support of one Independent MLA, taking their collective number to 117.

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