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SC directs Karnataka Assembly floor test on Saturday (Afternoon Lead)

IANS  |  New Delhi/Bengaluru 

The on Friday directed that the floor test be held in the Assembly at 4 p.m. on Saturday to ascertain the support enjoys, slashing the time given to him by to prove his majority following a split verdict.

The court also barred Yeddyurappa from taking any policy decisions till the floor test.

While and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leaders hailed the court order, the leaders still expressed confidence of proving the majority in the curtailed time span.

The and JD-S, which formed a post-poll coalition and staked claim to form the government, have shifted their newly-elected MLAs to from Bengaluru to prevent any poaching by the BJP.

The court rejected Yeddyurappa's plea, made through Mukul Rohatgi, asking for at least a week's time to face the floor test.

A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice and Justice 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 junked K.K. Venugopal's suggestion that the floor test be conducted through secret ballot.

BJP legislative party Yeddyurappa was on Thursday morning as the after the May 12 election threw up a hung Assembly.

The BJP won 104 of the 222 seats, falling eight short of the 112-halfway mark. The bagged 78 seats and the 37.

The court also restrained the nomination of an Anglo-Indian member.

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

Following the apex court order, Yeddyurappa told reporters in Bengaluru that he was confident of proving his legislative majority.

"We welcome the order of floor test at 4 p.m. on Saturday. We are confident of proving our majority," he said.

Prakash Javadekar, who was election in-charge of the BJP in Karnataka, said: "BJP is ready and confident of winning trust vote in We will prove our majority on the floor of the House."

Congress said the apex court order vindicated his party's stand that the acted unconstitutionally.

"The BJP's bluff that it will form the government, even without the numbers, has been called by the court. Stopped legally, they will now try money and muscle, to steal the mandate," he tweeted.

In Bengaluru, Congress said the had saved democracy by advancing the floor test to Saturday.

Azad said it was surprising that the Congress and the JD-S, which together have the support of 117 legislators including two independents, were not invited to form a government by the

told IANS that they had shifted 36 legislators in a bus to to prevent the BJP from poaching them.

The Congress also shifted its MLAs to in a separate luxury bus to prevent the BJP from approaching them but did not say how many legislators had been moved to the neighbouring state.

The Supreme Court, after a rare midnight hearing early on Thursday, had refused to stay the oath taking ceremony of Yeddyurappa as was sought in a joint petition by the Congress and the



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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 15:42 IST