Bengaluru: The Karnataka BJP today welcomed the Supreme Court order on the floor test, asserting that Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa would prove his majority in the Assembly with the support of over 120 MLAs. [Stories on Karnataka]
“The Supreme Court has ordered to prove majority in the Assembly tomorrow at 4 PM. BJP welcomes this. We are confident that tomorrow at 4 PM, BJP legislators and those supporting it will prove majority,” Karnataka BJP general secretary Shobha Karandlaje said.
She said, “The BJP under the leadership of Yeddyurappa has worked enough to prove the majority. With confidence tomorrow at 4 PM we will prove our majority.”
The Supreme Court today ordered that a floor test be held in the Karnataka Assembly at 4 PM tomorrow to ascertain whether newly-appointed BJP Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa enjoys a majority (at least 112 seats).
Responding to a question as to how the BJP would prove majority, Karandlaje said, “Already many people are in touch with us. More than 120 MLAs are supporting us. BJP will prove its majority tomorrow.”
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar echoed the sentiment through a tweet.
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) May 18, 2018
The INC has but sought vindication in the court order. In a tweet, party president Rahul Gandhi wrote:
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.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 18, 2018
Yeddyurappa was sworn-in as the chief minister yesterday. Governor Vajubhai Vala had given 15 days to Yeddyurappa prove his majority in the Assembly, but the apex court cut it short to 19 May.
The BJP has 104 MLAs in the House. The INC has just 78 seats while the JD(S) has even less: 37.
Polling was held in 222 of the State’s 224 seats, for which results were declared on 15 May, delivering a hung House.
Going by the ‘rule’ followed by Governor Vala, the INC has staked its claim to pull down the BJP-led coalition government in Goa and replace it with its own. The INC has submitted a letter to Governor Mridula Sinha seeking an invitation to let it prove its majority in the House.