The Supreme Court on Friday directed the floor test be conducted on Saturday at 4 PM inside the Karnataka assembly even as the BJP’s lawyers opposed the move pleading for more time.
Reacting to the development, the Congress party’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala, said, “Constitution wins, Democracy restored!
#BSYeddyurappa does remain a 1 day CM – Constitution rejects an illegitimate CM as also the unconstitutional decision of Governor of Karnataka.”
This was after Mukul Rohatgi, the lawyer appearing for BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, reportedly told the Supreme Court on Friday that his clients will seek the support from the Congress and JDS MLAs to prove majority in the assembly.
“We have the support from Congress and JD(S) MLAs, I can’t disclose more now,” Rohatgi appearing for Yeddyurappa, told the bench, according to Libe Law website. He made this stunning admission after the Supreme Court bench asked him on what basis the Karnataka Governor decided which party or coalition can prove the majority since both sides have given the letter to Governor, reported Live Law website.
Reacting to the development, the Congress said that it was extraordinary and demanded the Supreme Court to take note of this ‘confession.’ Pawan Khera told NDTV that Rohatgi’s statement was a confession of horse-trading and the top court ought to have taken note of his confession.
So BJP (Mukul Rohatgi) accepts in SC that they don’t have the numbers, SC asks on what basis did the Governor invite them. Floor Test as early as tomorrow?
— Rachit Seth (@rachitseth) May 18, 2018
Amazing ! BJP’s farce gets exposed in Supreme Court. Mukul Rohatgi admits they don’t have names of 112 supporting MLA’s , they have only 104. But says he is “confident” of getting balance MLA’s
— Sid (@sidmtweets) May 18, 2018
Rohatgi also said that there was no need for Yeddyurappa to give names of all MLAs who were supporting him to Governor and he was ready to prove majority any time. This was after Rohatgi handed over the two letters to the SC on Friday.
The Supreme Court on Friday resumed the hearing on the petition filed by the Congress and the JDS challenging the Karnataka governor’s invitation to the BJP to form the government in the state.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala had invited BS Yeddyurappa to form the government following which he was sworn in as the state’s chief minister. Three-judge bench of Justice AK Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Gobde had heared the Congress & JD(S) petition challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision all through the night on Wednesday and Thursday.
The bench had adjourned the matter asking the BJP counsel to produce the two letters written by Yeddyurappa to the governor.
Here are live update:
- “After the swearing-in ceremony of all the MLAs, the process of confidence winning should begin. We request that the Pro tem speaker be the senior most legislator. This is customary across the country. The election of the speaker takes place after the oath-taking ceremony,” Azad said.
- He added, “I welcome the judgement of the Supreme Court. Once again, the highest court of the country rose to the occasion. We thought the court might withdraw the decision of the Governor, but however, we congratulate the judiciary for their uprightness, for saving the democracy and protecting the Constitution of India.”
- “The governor has violated the democratic norm. The Congress had won 78 seats, JD(S) had won 38 and there were two independents. The total was 117. We immediately came together and met Governor Vala, not once but twice, to stake the claim before BJP. In Manipur, Goa and Meghalaya, the respective governors had changed the rules of the game by saying no single largest party will form the government if someone else had the numbers. We thought this would have applied to Karnataka as well. To the surprise of the citizens, the governor invited the BJP, without establishing the numbers. No governor in the history of India had given a CM two weeks to prove majority. The maximum time was one week,” Azad said.
- Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, while addressing the media at the party headquarters in Bengaluru, said, “The Supreme Court has once again risen to the occasion to save democracy.”
- Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Today’s Supreme Court order, vindicates our stand that Governor Vala acted unconstitutionally. The BJP’s bluff that it will form the Govt., even without the numbers, has been called out by the court. Stopped legally, they will now try money & muscle, to steal the mandate.”
- “Will discuss with chief secretary and call for assembly session tomorrow,” Yeddyurappa added.
- BS Yeddyurappa addresses media telling that the BJP would follow the Supreme Court’s decision and would prove majority tomorrow.
- Singhvi told that the Supreme Court restrained Yedyurappa from taking any major policy decisions till after the floor test. It further restrained the new Karnataka government from nominating any Anglo-Indian member to the House till it proves its majority.
- Abhishek Singhvi welcomes the judgement by the Supreme Court, declaring it as historic. The floor test has to be conducted at 4 pm tomorrow under a protem speaker.
- J. Sikri comments on WhatsApp joke by Eagleton Resort owner. He says he will form govt as he has 117 majority: Hindustan Times reporter
- Rohatgi makes last attempt. Tells SC to fix floor test on Monday at least. Congress and JDS MLAs are locked up outside the state. They also have to come to vote. So give more time, Rohatgi pleads: Time of India
- Mukul Rohatgi says floor test should not happen on Saturday but there should be a reasonable time not one day. SC says there are past precedents fixing such time period for floor test- Bar and Bench
- SC directs Floor Test for Saturday at 4.30 PM.
- SC Directs not to nominate any Anglo-Indian community member as MLA till the floor test is over: Live Law
- We either examine swearing in of Mr BS Yedyurappa Or BJP proves floor test within 24 hours: Justice Sikri to Mukul Rohatgi
- If BJP has the support of MLAs let Mukul Rohatgi show the letters from the MLAs: Abhishek M Singhvi
- But the Court must decide who is entitled to get the first chance: AM Singhvi
- The House will decide who has the majority:SC
- Floor test may take place as early as on Saturday
- Floor test should be conducted at the earliest : Justice AK Sikri