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BJP's appointment of pro-tem speaker against rulebook: Congress

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

on Friday accused the (BJP) of breaking the convention and naming a three-time MLA, K.G. Bopaiah, as the ahead of the Saturday's floor test.

At a media briefing, said, "What the BJP has done is against the rulebook. Ideally, the senior most leader is supposed to hold that position. We are only asking for the convention to be followed."

He added that the was ready for the floor test called by the on Saturday.

Slamming Chief Minister for forming the government without a majority, Singhvi asserted, "cannot do magic or alter maths. On what basis did he give a letter without signatures and without a number. should not have claimed majority. They are aware that they cannot turn 104 to majority (112 seats). They cannot muster the required numbers in a day."

on Friday appointed Bopaiah as ahead of floor test tomorrow in the state assembly, breaking the convention of appointing the senior-most

Earlier in the day, the ruled that a floor test should be conducted on Saturday at 4 pm for the BJP to prove their majority in the assembly.

The decision was taken after the top court heard the arguments for and against the petition filed by the Congress and (Secular) following Vala's invitation to the BJP to form the government in the state.

The floor test needs to be conducted under the supervision of the A pro-tem speaker's role is to administer the oath to the new MLAs and to conduct the election of the in the state assembly.

Bopaiah is a and had won from the Virajpet seat in Karnataka. He had secured 77,944 votes and defeated Congress candidate by 13,353 votes in the recently-concluded assembly election, winning for the fourth time.

Meanwhile, and in-charge Prakash Javadekar said that the appointment of Bopaiah was as per the rules and regulations and that the Congress was raising a "hoax objection."

"KG Bopaiah was appointed as Pro Tem speaker even in 2008 by the then That time Bopaiah was 10 years younger than what he is today. Congress is thus raising hoax objection. The appointment of Bopaiah ji is as per rules and regulations," Javadekar wrote in a tweet.

The BJP has 104 MLAs but they are still short of the simple majority mark of 113 by nine MLAs and have been given 24 hours to prove the same in the Karnataka assembly by the apex court tomorrow.

However, if two 'missing' Congress MLAs do not get to vote tomorrow, the halfway mark will fall to 111.

On the other hand, Congress (78 seats) and JD-S (37 seats), along with two independent candidates have formed a post-poll alliance and are staking a claim to form the government in Karnataka, with a total of 115 MLAs.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 18:15 IST