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Confident of winning Karnataka assembly floor test: BS Yeddyurappa

Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa has to prove full majority on the floor of the House at 4pm on Saturday, the Supreme Court said.

Karnataka Elections 2018 Updated: May 18, 2018 16:05 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Karnataka chief minister Yeddyurappa said he is confident of proving majority on the floor of the House.(ANI Photo)

Karnataka chief minister Yeddyurappa said on Friday his party is confident of winning the required majority after the Supreme Court ordered a floor test in the Karnataka assembly.

“Will discuss with chief secretary and call for assembly session tomorrow. We are 100% confident that we will prove full majority,” Yeddyurappa told reporters in Bengaluru.

Yeddyurappa has to prove full majority on the floor of the House at 4pm on Saturday, the top court said, reducing the 15-day window given by governor Vajubhai Vala.

“Let the House decide and the best course would be floor test,” a three-judge bench headed by Justice A K Sikri said.

The Supreme Court said it will order the Karnataka police to make proper arrangements for floor test. It also told the Governor not to nominate any Anglo-Indian community member as MLA till the floor test is over.

The bench also asked the newly elected government not to take any major policy decision till it proves majority in the House.

The Supreme Court also turned down Yeddyurappa’s request for a secret ballot during the floor test.

In the house of 224, the Karnataka assembly currently has 221 MLAs - polls in two seats were deferred, and H D Kumaraswamy won in two constituencies.

The BJP has 104 seats of its own and claims to have the support of one Independent MLA. It has to either get 111 votes--which would entail engineering a split of two thirds of the MLAs of Congress or the Janata Dal (Secular). BJP leaders admit this would be almost impossible in the current political circumstances.

Their second option, thus, would be to get a set of 13 MLAs from either the Congress or the JD(S) or a mix of both to resign or abstain. This would reduce the strength of the house, and the BJP would then need just the majority of the strength to be able to win. It is this scenario the party is working on.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: May 18, 2018 13:16 IST