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Responding To Congress-JDS Plea, Supreme Court Directs Floor Test In Karnataka Tomorrow At 4 PM

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| May 18 , 2018 , 11:42 IST

A specially constituted 3-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan on Friday ordered a floor test for all the MLAs in Karnataka on Saturday at 4 PM, to decide which party has the majority to form government in the state. 

The SC heard the petition of the Congress-JD(S) alliance against the formation of the BJP government in Karnataka, where the Congress-JD(S) had the majority while BJP was the second largest party.

The apex court maintained that the right to form government lay with the party or alliance that had the majority, and that a floor test should be conducted at the earliest to prove whether the BJP or the Congress-JDS post poll alliance should form the government in Karnataka.

"It is just a number game, one who enjoys the majority should be invited to form the Government," said the court.

The Supreme Court questioned the BJP's lawyer Mukul Rohatgi regarding on what basis the governor had asked the BJP to form government since both sides had submitted letters to the government. Rohatgi submitted letters to the SC, saying that Yeddyurappa has been elected as leader of largest party, BJP and that he has the support of the necessary number of MLAs and is ready to prove it on the floor of the house but 'needs time'.

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Meanwhile, on behalf of the Congress-JD(S) Lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi submitted to the Supreme Court that they are ready for the floor test tomorrow.

In Supreme Court, Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri said, 'floor test seems to be the best option.'

The Congress-JD(S) had approached the apex court on Wednesday late night, ahead of the swearing in of BJP's BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister but the Supreme Court had delayed the hearing to Friday, saying that any action could be undone if required.