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Warring parties go into tailspin as SC orders Karnataka floor test on Saturday (Roundup)

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The directive on Friday to hold floor test in the Assembly on Saturday led to heightened political activity in the state, with the Congress-JD-S post-poll alliance sure of losing the battle and the BJP sounding confident to sail through.

The had in its Thursday morning order rejected Yeddyurappa's plea, made through Mukul Rohatgi, asking for at least a week's time to face the floor test, and directed it to be conducted on Saturday instead.

A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice and Justice on Friday said the pro-tem Speaker, conventionaly the senior-most member of the assembly, would administer the newly-elected members their oath and then conduct the floor test.

The court junked K.K. Venugopal's suggestion that the floor test be conducted through secret ballot.

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

On Friday evening, the confrontation between the two sides once again reached the Supreme Court, with the claiming that the appointment of BJP as pro-tem by the "violates every single constitutional norm" of senior-most member being appointed to the post.

the Yeddyurappa was on Thursday morning sworn-in 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 JD-S 37.

The court also restrained the from nominating an Anglo-Indian member.

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

"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, also expressed similar confidence.

On the other hand,, said the BJP's "bluff" has been called.

"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.

Congress communications incharge told reporters in that they will bring the matter of Bopaiah's appointment before the court.

He said Congress member R. V. Deshpande was the senior-most member of the

Bopaiah, 62, is a three-time He was during the BBJP rule in the state from 2008-13.

Surjewala said Bopaiah has been indicted by the apex court.

"People of are determined to foil and defeat these evil and nefarious designs of Vajubhai Vala, and "

Party said the BJP will be defeated in floor test and that Yeddyurappa had exhibited "desperation" in becoming the Chief Minister.

Singhvi referred to Venugopal's suggestion and took a dig at the Modi government, saying that trust vote is never conducted through secret ballot.

However, BJP accused the Congress of "murdering the mandate" in Karnataka after being "rejected" by the people of state with its numbers coming down from 122 to 78.

"The Congress has welcomed the Supreme Court's decision. Some days back they had questioned the Supreme Court verdict in the case of Loya's death. They even tried to impeach the CJI," he said.

Patra said both "prayers" of the Congress to the apex court to quash Governor's decision to invite the BJP to form government and to invite the Congress-JD-S instead, have been rejected.

"Yet the Congress is claiming victory, like had claimed 'moral victory' after defeat in elections."

Meanwhile, both Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leaders said they had shifted legislators to to prevent the BJP from "poaching" them.

In Bengaluru, Congress said it is 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

Former state Chief Minister held a crucial meeting with newly-elected Congress MLAs in to discuss the strategy to be adopted during the floor test.

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



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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 20:26 IST