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SC orders floor test in Karnataka assembly on Saturday

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The Supreme Court has directed a floor test on Saturday to ascertain the support to Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in the 224-member assembly and barred him from taking any policy decisions till then….reports Asian Lite News

Bengaluru: BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa arrives to address the media after he was elected to the Karnataka Assembly from Shikaripura by 35,397 votes; in Bengaluru on May 15, 2018. Yeddyurappa, 75, defeated Congress nominee Goni Malatesha and seven others in his home constituency. (Photo: IANS) by .
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa (Photo: IANS)

Directing the floor test at 4 pm, a bench of Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice Ashok Bhushan on Friday said the pro tem speaker, the seniormost member of the Assembly, would administer the newly-elected members their oath and then conduct the floor test.

The court also rejected Yeddyurappa’s plea, made through senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, asking for a week’s time to face the floor test.

The court also junked Attorney General K.K. Venugopal’s suggestion that the floor test be conducted through secret ballot.

Bharatiya Janata Party legislative party leader B.S. Yeddyurappa was on Thursday sworn in as the Chief Minister after the May 12 elections threw up a hung assembly.

Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala administering oath to BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka during his swearing ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on May 17, 2018. (Photo: IANS) by .
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala administering oath to BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka (Photo: IANS)

The BJP had won 104 seats in the Assembly elections held in 222 segments, falling eight short of the 112 halfway mark. The Congress won 78 seats and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) 37. The Congress later said it would support a JD-S led government.

The court also restrained the nomination of an Anglo-Indian member as it took on record statement by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that there was no move to nominate an Anglo-Indian member in the State Assembly.

The election to one seat was countermanded after the death of a candidate.

The court also directed the Karnataka Director General of Police to personally ensure the security of the newly-elected lawmakers.