New Delhi: The bench comprising of Justice A.K Sikri, S.A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan on Friday ordered a floor test to be conducted before Saturday 4 p.m in the Karnataka assembly.
The Supreme Court bench was hearing the petition filed by Dr.G. Paremeshwara, Congress MLA and H.D Kumaraswamy, JD(S) MLA.
Mukul Rohtagi who was representing BS Yeddyurappa placed before the Supreme Court letters he had sent to Governor Vajubhai Vala in which he had staked claim to form the government in Karnataka.
“There was no pre-poll alliance between the Congress and JDS and they have formed an “unholy alliance” after the elections.” added Rohtagi.
SC verdict has upheld constitutional morality&democracy. It’s a judgement that should be celebrated. Faith of people in wisdom of SC is vindicated once again. It’s set back for a party that wanted to usurp power:Ashwani Kumar,Congress on SC directing floor test in K’taka Assembly pic.twitter.com/2srcDuygg0
— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2018
The Supreme Court bench has also rejected the proposal to hold the floor test as a secret ballot and demanded that the floor test should be conducted immediately, without delay.
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had demanded that there should be videography and proper security for MLAs to vote fearlessly to which the Supreme Court bench replied that it will order DGP to make proper arrangements for the floor test on Saturday.
The bench further stated that it will decide whether the Governor’s discretion was right or wrong with in 10 weeks. Commenting on the nomination of the Anglo Indian community, the bench said that an Anglo-Indian cannot be nominated till the floor test has completed.
BJP spokesperson Shobha Karandlaje told the media, ‘We welcome the Supreme Court’s order. We will prove majority on the floor of the House tomorrow. We are ready for the floor test.’
The supreme court in its judgement clearly mentioned that “It is just a number game, one who enjoys the majority should be invited to form the government.”