Karnataka latest news LIVE: Congress-JD(S) beat BJP in power game; HD Kumaraswamy swearing-in Wednesday

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Bengaluru | Updated: May 20, 2018 11:20 AM

Karnataka Assembly Floor Test LIVE: HD Kumaraswamy, the JD(S) CM candidate will be sworn in as next chief minister of Karnataka on Wednesday. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have been invited.

karnataka assembly floor testKarnataka Assembly Floor Test LIVE: The trust vote will take place at 4 PM.

Karnataka Assembly Floor Test LIVE: Karnataka Assembly Floor Test LIVE: HD Kumaraswamy, the JD(S) CM candidate will be sworn in as next chief minister of Karnataka on Wednesday. Kumaraswamy said that he will decide on the cabinet after discussions. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati will be present at the swearing-in ceremony. Earlier, Yeddyurappa resigns as the chief minister of Karnataka. Congress president Rahul Gandhi says BJP MLAs disrespected the National Anthem and walked out of the Assembly after Yeddyurappa stepped back. JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will meet with the Governor of Karnakata Vajubhai Vala at 7.30 pm. The duo will meet to stake claim for forming the government. Ahead of Karnataka floor test on Saturday, Congress had accused the newly-elected Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa of bribing one of its MLAs. The grand old party shared an audio clip of the alleged conversation between the two leaders on Twitter. This was followed by the allegation that two of its missing MLAs – Anand Singh and Pratap Gouda have been kept at the Goldfinch Hotel which is just 1 km away from the state Assembly.

BS Yeddyurappa resigns as Karnataka chief minister ahead of floor test

The Supreme Court, on the other hand, rejected the Congress-JD(S) plea against KG Bopaiah being appointed as the pro tem speaker. It also ordered Live Telecast of Karnataka Assembly Floor test by all channels. BJP had finished as the single-largest party but is still short by 8 seats to form the government. Congress bagged 78, while JD(S) emerged victorious in 37 seats, and three seats have gone to others in the 224-member Assembly where elections were held for 222 seats.

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Karnataka Assembly floor test LIVE updates

-Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who along with several top party leaders were present during the floor test, thanked the judiciary for preventing “horse-trading” and “protecting the Constitution, democracy and rule of law”.

-After a meeting with Congress leaders, Kumaraswamy said they also discussed about moving the confidence of motion on May 24.

-“Today, the BJP government failed to show their strength in the House. On that basis governor invited me to
form the next government,” Kumaraswamy told journalists earlier in the day.

-Yeddyurappa’s previous two chief ministerial stints lasted seven days and three years.

-The three-day-old BJP government in Karnataka collapsed today, minutes before the scheduled trust vote, with Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa resigning in a tame anticlimax to what promised to be on the edge of seat political thriller.

-We are going to take oath on Wednesday as Monday is Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary & so that is not a proper date: HD Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister-elect

-Capping five days of riveting political and court-room drama, Yeddyurappa announced his decision to quit on the floor of the Assembly after a brief emotional speech rather than face a vote of confidence he was widely expected to lose.

– BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha today described the developments in Karnataka as “resounding embarrassment and loss of moral standing” for the party leadership.

-RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav predicted that the developments in Karnataka mark the countdown for the BJP’s ouster from power in states such as Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh later this year and in the Lok Sabha polls next year.

– BJP leaders in Bihar said that B S Yeddyurappa, who resigned as the Karnataka chief minister, has “followed the glorious legacy” of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, while Opposition parties including RJD, Congress, Hindustani Awam Morcha described the saffron party’s aborted bid to form government in the southern state as “the last nail in its coffin”.

-The Governor has invited HD Kumaraswamy to form the government. He will take the oath as the Chief Minister on Wednesday, May 23 at around 12:30pm: Danish Ali, National Secretary General, JD(S).

– With the Congress and JD(S) set to form the government in Karnataka after the BJP failed in its efforts, BJP chief Amit Shah said today that governments formed by “such unholy” alliances are unlikely to last long and also rubbished charges of horse-trading by his party.

– Chief Minister-elect HD Kumaraswamy met Adichunchanagiri Mutt head, Nirmalanandanatha Swami in Vijaynagar, Bengaluru.

– Rival political parties in Bihar crossed swords over the political storm in Karnataka, where the three-day-old BJP government collapsed today, minutes before the scheduled trust vote. BJP leaders in Bihar said that B S Yeddyurappa, who resigned as the Karnataka chief minister, has “followed the glorious legacy” of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, while Opposition parties including RJD, Congress, Hindustani Awam Morcha described the saffron party’s aborted bid to form government in the southern state as “the last nail in its coffin”.

– Reacting to the failure of BJP Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa of Karnataka to proof majority in the floor of Assembly today, Congress in Manipur today said it was beggining of the end of “Modi regime.” President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) T N Haokip commented “…this is the beginning of the end of Modi Regime “.

“Today Yeddyurappa is the victim. We are not blamming Yeddyurappa. The two big bosses are there in Delhi, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. They asserted their infuences unduly to the Governor of Karnataka. How strange and funny ? Yeddyurappa was seeking a week time to proof majority of his government but the Governor had granted 15 days time for floor test “, Haokip, MLA, said.

– Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati today said the use of money power and state machinery is not always helpful, as she asked the BJP to take lessons from the fall of its government in Karnataka. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also said that with the “defeat” in Karnataka, the BJP’s “dream” of capturing every state has suffered a setback. “The governors appointed by them are under pressure of working according to the party,” she alleged, adding that the dignity of the office they hold is under criticism.

– Former Union minister and Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath today said that the fall of three-day-old Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka was a “tight slap” on the decision of the state’s Governor. In a statement, Nath said, “Karnataka’s Governor (Vajubhai Vala) was following the directives of Modi (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) and Shah (BJP president Amit Shah). The fall of Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka is a tight slap on the decision of the Governor. BJP should learn a lesson through this incident.”

– Randeep Surjewala, Congress on Sanjay Nirupam: “Congress doesn’t agree with any such statement. Karnataka Governor, murdered democracy, however, any statement made on him personally won’t be accepted. Rahul Gandhi & Congress have regard for their worst enemies unlike PM Modi.”

– Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav today termed the collapse of the three-day-old B S Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka a “victory of the people’s mandate” and asked the central government to resign on moral grounds.

– West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu & Telangana CM KC Rao congratulated me. Mayawati ji has also blessed me. I have invited all regional leaders for oath ceremony. I’ve also invited Sonia Gandhi ji & Rahul Gandhi ji personally: HD Kumaraswamy

– Governor has invited me to form the government. Oath ceremony (as Chief Minister) to be held on Monday between 12 noon-1 pm: HD Kumaraswamy after meeting Governor.

– HD Kumaraswamy, the JD(S) CM candidate will be sworn in as next chief minister of Karnataka on Monday morning. Kumaraswamy said that he will decide on the cabinet after discussions. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati will be present at the swearing-in ceremony. Kumaraswamy said that All the MLAs will be present.

–  Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh: The people of Karnataka had chosen BJP as the single largest party but due to lack of support from other party leaders, BS Yeddyurappa didn’t get the majority & so he resigned. Now the Congress & the JD(S) will form the government.

–  JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy reaches Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala, to stake the claim for forming the government.

– DMK today said democracy in Karnataka has been saved by the actions of the Supreme Court and greeted the leadership of the JD(S) and Congress after BJP strongman B S Yeddyurappa resigned as chief minister minutes before the scheduled trust vote. “…May this herald the coming together of secular parties for the upcoming elections,” DMK working president M K Stalin said in a tweet. “Democracy in Karnataka has been saved by the actions of the Supreme Court. I extend my congratulations to @hd_kumaraswamy and @INCIndia…” he said.

– Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar today said the coalition government of Congress and the JD(S) would not last long as it was an “unholy nexus.” “BJP alone can give a stable government,” Kumar told reporters here soon after B S Yeddyurappa announced his decision to quit as Karnataka chief minister without facing the vote of confidence in the Assembly.

– JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy will meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at 7.30 pm, to stake the claim for forming the government.

– Goa Congress spokesperson, Yatish Naik: “Just like what happened in Karnataka, if BJP govt has any shame then they should forthwith resign from Goa and also from the other states from where they have stolen the majority.”

– Prakash Javadekar on  Sanjay Nirupam’s statement about Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala: “Congress does not respect institutions & this statement is just an evidence of that. Is this how they show respect towards the post of the Governor?”

– Prakash Javadekar, BJP: “Rahul Gandhi’s claims that Congress defeated BJP is laughable. For them (Congress) EVM is good when they win but the point is that they are not winning anywhere. So for them, the EVM is bad.”

WATCH: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam makes a derogatory remark against Karnataka governor Vajubhai Valla

Chandrababu Naidu: “Everyone will be happy about it. PM & BJP Pres tried to deride democracy. What message did they give by encouraging the corrupt? BJP brought back Janardhan Reddy to the forefront and did politics.”

– Congress leader stokes controversy, compares Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala with a dog. “Iss desh main wafadari ka naya kirtimaan sthaapit kiya hai Vajubhai Vala (Karnataka Governor) ji ne, ab shayad Hindustan ka har aadmi apne kutte ka naam Vajubhai Vala hi rakhega kyunki isse zyada wafaadaar toh koi ho hi nahi sakta,” ANI quotes Sanjay Nirupam of the Congress as saying.

Watch Congress leader makes derogatory remarks against Governor

Mayawati: “This is a big blow for them(BJP) and I think what they had been planning all along for 2019 has failed, they will now have to rethink and alter their strategies.”

Rahul Gandhi: “Did you notice that after the entire exercise in Karnataka Vidhan Sabha, the BJP legislators and speaker chose to leave the house before the national anthem? It shows they can disrespect any institution if in power, both BJP & RSS have disrespected institutions.

“I am proud that opposition stood together & defeated the BJP and we will continue to do so.”

“You’ve seen openly how the PM directly authorized purchasing of MLAs in Karnataka, so the idea that PM spreads in the country that he is fighting corruption is a blatant lie, he is corruption.”

–  Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa resigns ahead of Floor Test. “I will lose nothing if I lose power, my life is for the people. We will get 28 out of 28 seats in Lok Sabha. If only people would have given us 113 seats instead of 104, we would have made this state a paradise,” he says.

– BSY resigns. Accepts BJP didn’t have much number.

– Yeddyurappa gets emotional during his speech. Says his only ambition is to serve the people. “My entire life has been a test. Today is another. People of Karnataka have voted for us. Shown faith in the BJP.”

– ANI quotes Yeddyurappa as saying: “I have traveled throughout the state for the last two years and have seen pain on the faces of people. I can’t forget the love & affection I received from people.”

– I condemn the backdoor politics by JD(S) and Congress, says Yeddyurappa. It is against people’s mandate, he asserts.

– Yeddyurappa starts the speech on the floor of the House in Karnataka Assembly before the trust vote.

– Somashekara Reddy, BJP MLA and brother of Janardan Reddy tells ANI: “I was with my brother in Taj West End. Nobody was in my contact. I don’t even know who are they, Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil (Congress MLAs). I did not even go to Goldfinch Hotel.”

– WATCH: Dramatic visuals of the moment when Congress MLA Pratap Gowda Patil who was said to be missing, entered Vidhana Soudha.

– Big development: “Pratap Gowda Patil has come. He will take oath as an MLA then he will vote for the Congress. He will not betray Congress party,” says DK Shivakumar, Congress. ‘I am sure he will resign before the trust vote,” Shivakumar adds.

– Congress MLA Pratap Gowda Patil having lunch at Vidhana Soudha, Congress’s DK Suresh and Dinesh Gundu Rao present with him. (See pic)

Congress MLA Pratap Gowda Patil having lunch at Vidhana Soudha, Congress’s DK Suresh and Dinesh Gundu Rao present with him.

– It is being reported that BS Yeddyurappa has been told not to go far and exit gracefully. Meanwhile, one of the missing Congress MLAs Anand Singh was seen leaving the Goldfinch Hotel a few minutes back.

It is being reported that tight security arrangements have been made at the Goldfinch Hotel where no one including the guests staying at the hotel are being allowed to enter the lobby. Stay tuned for more Karnataka Assembly Floor test LIVE Updates.

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– Meanwhile, the swearing-in ceremony has stopped as the assembly has gone into a 30-minute lunch break. This could be a crucial break as a lot of strategies will be discussed during this time. Here are the visuals from the Goldfinch hotel:

– The Karnataka DGP has also reached the Goldfinch Hotel where the Congress MLAs have allegedly been kept. There is a lot of chaos outside the hotel at this moment. The hotel is just 1 km away from the Karnataka assembly.

– Congress has alleged that two of its MLAs are locked up inside a hotel in Bengaluru. It is being reported that police have been deployed at Hotel Goldfinch. Meanwhile ANI reported while citing sources that BJP MLA G Somashekhar Reddy is with the two ‘missing’ Congress MLAs Anand Singh and Pratap Gouda.

– Earlier, an alleged conversation between BJP’s Janardhana Reddy and a Congress MLA was shared on the official Twitter handle of Karnataka Congress.

– The Congress social media in charge has shared an audio clip of Yeddyurappa trying to bribe Congress MLA BC Patil. “Shameless Yeddyurappa doing horse trading openly,” he wrote. Here is the audio clip:

– Big development! Congress leader VS Ugrappa has alleged BS Yeddyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra of bribing the wife of a Congress MLA. “He (BJP’s BY Vijayendra) called the wife of a Congress MLA & asked her to request to her husband to vote for Yeddyurappa. He said, we’ll give your husband a ministry or else we’ll give Rs. 15 crore to your husband,” VS Ugrappa said.

– In another series of tweets, Chidambaram saluted the Supreme Court’s order to live telecast Karnataka Floor Test. “I salute the Supreme Court. Now, let the Congress and JDS MLAs stand by their respective party and uphold the Constitution,” he said. In another tweet, the Congress leader said that in Karnataka, what is at stake is not only who will form the Government, but who will be loyal to the electorate and uphold the verdict of his/her voters.

– It is being reported that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Somashekar Reddy is also not present at the Vidhana Soudha. DK Shivakumar, took a dig at the BJP leader by saying that he is probably taking care of some MLA. Shivakumar also looked confident of Congress’ chances.

– “The methods the BJP is adopting to prove its majority are known to the world. PM Modi says “na khaunga na khane dunga”. He should rather say “Na khareedunga na khareedne dunga,” said Sibbal.

– Congress leader Kapil Sibbal is holding a press conference. He is accompanied by Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Randeep Surjewala. Sibbal said that even Election Commission has said that Congress and JD(S) have 116 seats.

– Stay tuned for more Karnataka assembly floor test live updates.

– After winning assembly elections, B Sriramulu and BS Yeddyurappa have resigned from Lok Sabha. Their resignations have been accepted by the Speaker. This is a good display of confidence from the Bharatiya Janata Party.

– The MLAs are taking oath at the Karnataka assembly at the moment. Earlier today, Congress leader P Chidambaram slammed the BJP for putting “hurdles” in conducting the trust vote in Karnataka Assembly and asked how many “tricks” the saffron party will “invent” to win it. “First, give us 15 days. Second, Anglo Indian member. Third, secret ballot. Fourth, colluding pro-tem Speaker. Fifth, under invention! How many tricks will the BJP invent before the Karnataka Assembly votes on the motion of confidence? How many hurdles will they place?,” he tweeted.

– It is being reported that the missing Congress MLAs – Anand Singh and Pratap Patil are not present in the Karnataka assembly. There is still no update on them.

– Mukul Rohtagi while talking to media after the hearing said that the Congress’ attempt to stop KG Bopaiah failed. “There is no order on division of votes because Cong was desperate in trying to secure some point or the other which will impinge on jurisdiction of speaker. The speaker has to decide on the rules of the assembly & he will do whatever possible for him,” he said.

– “Most important objective was to establish transparency. Since the statement has come from ASG that live feed of proceedings would be given, we hope & trust there would be fairness. I have no doubt that the victory would be of Congress & JD(S),” Singhvi said.

– Abhishek Manu Singhvi is speaking to the media. He said that their aim was that the Karnataka floor test is held with transparency. He added that they had 4 or 5 different requests which were solved when the apex court ordered the live telecast of the trust vote. He said that then there was no appoint of raising any other issue.

– Supreme Court has rejected Congress-JD(S) plea challenging the appointment of pro tem speaker KG Bopaiah. He will continue to be pro-tem speaker. However, the apex court has ordered the live telecast of Karnataka floor test to ensure transparency. “Live broadcast of floor test would be the best way to ensure transparency of proceedings,” it said. Meanwhile, BS Yeddyurappa and Siddaramaiah have taken the oath in the assembly.

– Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Governor, tells SC that live recording of floor test would do live broadcast to ensure transparency. The apex court responded by saying that let all channel be given access to broadcast live.

– The proceedings of the Karnataka assembly have begun. Meanwhile, Justice Sikri told Kapil Sibbal that convention of senior most is not the law. This came after Kapil Sibal said, “Let him take the oath. But as far as floor test is concerned you shud pass an order under Article 142.”

– Meanwhile, the Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa has reached the Vidhana Soudha. Siddaramaiah and BJP’s B Sriramulu are inside the Vidhana Soudha too. The Floor Test will be held at 4 pm today.

– Judge Bobde said that if the Congress wants BJP to examine Bopaiah’s suitability and bonafide of Boppaiah, they will have to issue notice to him which would mean that the floor test will be postponed. “If you want us to review the order, we should postpone the floor test,” he added.

– Here are the live visuals from the Karnataka assembly ahead of the floor test. Stay tuned for more Karnataka assembly floor test live updates.

– “The Pro Tem speaker appointed shall be the senior most member of the house. This is the precedent in the parliament as well,” Kapil Sibbal says in the apex court. He said that it is the global practice and established convention that senior most member is to be appointed as pro tem speaker. “Boppaiah’s decision of disqualification was set aside by this court earlier,” Sibbal added.

– Congress leader Veerappa Molly when asked about one missing MLA said that he has been ‘abducted’. Speaking on the pro tem speaker KG Bopaihan Molly said that the senior most member should have been appointed.

– The hearing on pro tem speaker is going on in the Supreme Court. Justice SA Bobde pointed out there have been instances where the senior most member of the House wasn’t the protem speaker. Rohatgi supports this view, saying he and Sibal have once argued for a member as Protem speaker who was the junior most.

– The Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs along with the Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa have reached the Vidhan Soudha. Yeddyurappa looked confident of his win and flashed the victory sign:

– The Supreme Court will announce its decision in KG Bopaiah in the next few minutes. The apex court has begun the hearing of Congress plea against the pro tem speaker.

– JD(S) MLA HD Kumaraswamy says that all the MLAs of his party are going together for Karnataka assembly floor test and no one will change sides. “For me, today is not an important day, the important days will come in future. Up to 4 pm, BJP will try to poach our MLAs. All the MLAs are together, no one is going to go to the other side. None of our MLAs are trapped. Me & Siddaramaiah will go together,” Kumaraswamy said.

– As of now, the MLAs of all the parties have arrived in Bengaluru. The Congress MLAs are stationed at Hotel Hilton, JDS MLAs are currently at Le Meridien and BJP is having its legislative meeting at Shangri-La. Yeddyurappa and BJP leaders have reached the hotel and the meeting is currently underway.

– Meanwhile, the bus carrying the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs has arrived at Shangri-La hotel in Bengaluru for the party legislature meeting. They will then be taken to the Assembly.

– Yesterday, the JD(S) and Congress MLAs from Karnataka who were camping in two holes to avoid any poaching bids had left for Bengaluru for the crucial floor test in the state assembly. JD(S) MLC Basavaraj had said that as many as 36 legislators belonging to his party and 77 of the Congress were camping in the city hotels. “All the legislators left for Bengaluru by road at 10 pm,” Vamshi Chand Reddy, Congress MLA in Telanagana, said.

– Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has arrived at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. The Karnataka assembly floor test will be held at 4 pm today.

– Congress lawyer Manu Singhvi left for Supreme Court for the hearing in plea filed by Congress and JD(S) over the appointment of BJP MLA KG Bopiah as the pro tem speaker.

– Ramalinga Reddy has said that MLA Anand Singh, who has been missing and around whom rumours of jumping the Congress ship is doing rounds, will be back with the party today. Ramalinga assured that Anand Singh will vote for Congress in the Floor Test to be held at 4 pm.

– Visuals of Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru before Floor Test at 4 pm.

– Hearing at 10:30 am today in Supreme Court after JD(S) and Congress approach the apex court over BJP MLA KG Bopiah made pro tem speaker.

– BS Yeddyurappa arrives at Le Meridien hotel for party Legislature meeting.

– JD(S) MLAs arrived at Le Meridien hotel in Bengaluru.

– BS Yedduyurappa, imbued with confidence, said that BJP will come to power with 100 per cent majority and will fulfil all the decisions he promised to the people of Karnataka.

– Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress reiterated Mallikarajun’s statement and said that Congress is certain of forming of government as MLAs are in favour of them.

– Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress has said that Congress will definitely win the floor test as they have numbers opposed to BJP. He further said that BJP is trying to prove majority and will fail to do so.

– BS Yedduyurappa to leave for Shangri-La Hotel for party Legislature meeting. Following which he will leave for the Assembly with party members, as per ANI. Second bus carrying Congress MLAs arrived at Hotel Hilton.

– Congress MLAs arrive at Hotel Hilton at Bengaluru. Bus carrying Congress MLAs has arrived in Bengaluru ahead of the Karnataka floor test. The Supreme Court directed Yeddyurappa to prove the majority in the assembly at 4 p.m. on May 19.

– The Congress and Janata Dal Secular (JD-(S), which made a joint bid for power after the BJP emerged as the single largest party in last week’s Karnataka assembly elections, have been struggling to keep their MLAs together after Governor Vajubhai Vala invited Mr Yeddyurappa to form the government.

– The Congress party on Friday released an audio clip which purportedly reveals how Reddy attempted to lure Daddal to join BJP and help BS Yeddyurappa, who will be facing the Supreme Court-ordered floor test in the Karnataka assembly on Saturday.

– Amid the political ruckus in Karnataka, section 144 has been imposed in Mangalore as a precautionary measure ahead of the Supreme Court’s order directing Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) B.S. Yeddyurappa to prove majority in the state assembly on Saturday.

– The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has filed a complaint and demanded action against BJP leader Janardhan Reddy for offering hundreds of crore rupees and a minister portfolio to Raichur rural MLA Basvanagowda Daddal over phone.

– Newly-elected JD(S) and Congress MLAs from Karnataka, who had been camping here in two hotels to avoid any poaching bids, tonight left for Bengaluru for the crucial floor test in the state assembly tomorrow.

– Top Congress leaders met soon after Vala appointed the BJP MLA as the pro-tem speaker, and decided that the matter should be challenged in court. Earlier, another Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi too had raised questions over Bopaiah’s appointment and pitched for Deshpande to play the role.

– The Supreme Court has ordered a floor test in the Karnataka Assembly at 4 PM on Saturday, drastically slashing the 15-day window given by the Governor to Yeddyurappa to prove majority.

– Considered close to Yeddyurappa, he had disqualified 11 disgruntled BJP and five Independent MLAs ahead of a trust vote to help the Yeddyurappa government in 2011. Bopaiah’s decision was upheld by the Karnataka High Court but overturned by the Supreme Court, which said he had acted in haste, indicting him and passing strictures against him.

– “Deshpande is the senior-most MLA in the Karnataka assembly. Though Deshpande belongs to the Congress, MLAs from the opposition too have always sworn by his reputation and neutrality…but they appointed a three-time MLA KG Bopaiah who is dented and tainted,” Congress leader Surjewala said.

– The Congress claimed that its eight-time MLA R V Deshpande is the senior-most lawmaker in the assembly and appointing Bopaiah is not according to convention and constitutional norms.

– The Congress-JD (S) combine on Friday night moved the Supreme Court challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to appoint K G Bopaiah as the pro tem Speaker to conduct the crucial floor test, with the apex court deciding to hear it on Saturday morning.

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