Supreme Court orders Karnataka Assembly floor test at 4 pm on Saturday

KARNATAKA ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS

"The BJP's bluff that it will form the government., even without the numbers, has been called out by the court".

Bharatiya Janata Party legislative party leader BS Yeddyurappa was on Thursday sworn in as the Chief Minister after the May 12 elections threw up a hung assembly.

Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the biggest victor in the Karnataka state election but has fallen short of a majority, sparking a scramble for power between the party and its arch rival Congress.

The court has asked that the letter given by Yeddyurappa and senior BJP leaders to the Governor in which it was stated that the party has the requisite number of MLAs to form the government be produced before the court.

Within hours of taking oath on May 17, Yeddyurappa said, "I had promised the farmers that I would waive off crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh soon after I become the Chief Minister".

The court also junked Attorney General KK Venugopal's suggestion that the floor test be conducted through secret ballot.

Supreme Court, however, rejected the videographing proposal. Defection is if one member crosses over to another party.

"The single largest party (BJP) is the mandate of people of Karnataka who have thown out the ruling party".

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Shah spent Thursday attending a pre-scheduled marathon meeting of different frontal organisations of the BJP to prepare them for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Amid the fiasco regarding the formation of Government in Karnataka, MLAs of both the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S) are being shifted to Park Hyatt Hotel in Hyderabad from Bengaluru Resort. "This post will be crucial for us", a JD (S) source said.

The bench had adjourned the matter asking the BJP counsel to produce the two letters written by Yeddyurappa to the governor.

The BJP's "managers" may get "willing supporters" of BS Yeddyurappa government in the Congress and JD (S) resign from their constituencies. The question, therefore, is whether the governor exercised his discretion while inviting the BJP to form the government despite the fact that the party did not have the required numbers to do so?

The BJP has 104 MLAs in the Karnataka assembly, eight short of the magic figure of 112.

In 2015, lawyers and human right activists, on behalf of Memon, had moved the top court late at night after it had dismissed their last-ditch effort during the day against his plea to stay his execution. It further weakens the Congress party, which has ruled India for most of its independent history, by reducing its hold on powerful state governments to just one, in Punjab.

The court had directed the Centre to place before it two communications sent by Yeddyurappa to the governor in which he had staked claim to form government, saying their perusal was necessary to decide the case.

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