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Yeddyurappa, Siddaramaiah both confident of success in Karnataka assembly tomorrow

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa to prove his majority in a floor in the Karnataka assembly on Saturday at 4pm.

Karnataka Elections 2018 Updated: May 18, 2018 20:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
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Congress senior leaders Gulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashok Gehlot, former chief minister Siddaramaiah with others show victory sign after the Supreme Court order of floor test for newly sworn-in chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, during a protest march in Bengaluru on Friday. (PTI Photo)

Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Friday exuded confidence about winning majority in the state assembly after the Supreme Court ordered him to take the floor test at 4pm on Saturday, drastically slashing the 15-day window given to him by the governor.

Yeddyurappa further said that he would urge the state governor Vajubhai R Vala to hold an assembly session at 11am on Saturday.

“As per the directions of the Supreme Court, we are expected to prove our majority tomorrow (Saturday). We are sending our file to the Karnataka Governor to call an assembly session at 11am tomorrow. We are 100% confident that we will prove full majority,” the 75-year-old Lingayat strongman told reporters in Bengaluru.

Earlier in the day, the top court set the date for the floor test after hearing the arguments for and against the petition filed by the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) on governor’s invitation to the BJP to form the government in the state.

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

Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, meanwhile, maintained that all their MLAs were together ahead of the floor test, rejecting suggestions of any break in the ranks of Congress and JD(S).

Welcoming the SC order on the floor test as “historic”, Siddaramaiah said the BJP did not enjoy majority with only 104 seats.

“They have won 104 only. They don’t have 112 seats, they don’t have even one seat above 104 because two independents who got elected are with us,” he said.

In the house of 224, the Karnataka assembly currently has 221 MLAs - polls in two seats were deferred, and JD (S) leader 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.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: May 18, 2018 20:46 IST