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Democracy restored, says Cong after SC orders floor test in Karnataka tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today welcomed the Supreme Court's order of holding a floor test in Assembly tomorrow, saying the Constitution has won and democracy restored.

had given BJP B S Yeddyurappa 15 days' time to prove its majority.

communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said the Constitution has rejected the "unconstitutional" decision of the

"Constitution wins, Democracy restored! B S Yeddyurappa does remain a 1 day CM - Constitution rejects an illegitimate CM as also the unconstitutional decision of of Karnataka (sic)," he said on

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who represented the Congress-JD (S) combine in the apex court, termed the Supreme Court's decision "historic", and said, "Interim B S Yeddyurappa has been restrained from taking policy decisions till tomorrow."

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in Karnataka Assembly, was invited by Governor Vala to form the government despite the JD(S)-combine staking claim by citing the support of 117 MLAs.

The majority mark is 112 seats.

In a historic pre-dawn hearing, the top court had yesterday cleared the last-minute hurdle created by the Congress-JD(S) combine for the BJP's ambitious surge in by paving the way for Yeddyurappa to be sworn in as the of Karnataka.

During the high-voltage hearing, which lasted from 2.11 AM to 5.28 AM, the top court had made it clear that the swearing-in and government formation would be subject to the final outcome of the case.

Today, a three-judge bench headed by Justice A K Sikri said, "Let the House decide and the best course would be floor test."

The apex court also directed the and the Governor not to nominate any MLA from the Anglo-Indian community to participate in the floor test tomorrow.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 12:45 IST