Karnataka Floor Test: Section 144 Imposed

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Staff Reporter, Bengaluru: Karnataka witnesses heightened political activity as SC orders floor test. Amid the political ruckus in Karnataka, section 144 has been imposed in Mangalore as a precautionary measure ahead.

As Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) B.S. Yeddyurappa to prove majority in the state assembly on Saturday, section 144 has been imposed here.

The Supreme Court on Friday gave four-step instructions for holding the floor test in the Karnataka assembly on Saturday for the BS Yedyurappa’s government to prove its majority.The Supreme Court directed Yeddyurappa to prove the majority in the assembly at 4 p.m. on May 19.

The BJP emerged as a single largest party with 104 MLAs, they are short of the halfway mark of 112 by seven MLAs. The Congress and the JD(S) have entered into a post-poll alliance and together with 115 MLAs they are staking claim to form the government.

The bench, however, said, “Having regard to all the circumstances of this case, we are of the view that such a floor test be conducted tomorrow itself, that is on May 19, 2018.”

The bench has granted six weeks’ time to the BJP and its leaders to file counter affidavit and, thereafter, the petitioners on behalf of the Congress-JD(S) combine will file rejoinder affidavit in four weeks.

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