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Karnataka crisis: Supreme Court orders floor test at 4 pm tomorrow

C.A.Gurudath Chilkunda 

Bengaluru: Supreme Court has taken unprecedented steps and ordered the floor test in the Assembly at 1600 hrs on Saturday to end the ongoing political uncertainty in Karnataka.

A Supreme Court Bench of Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan today directed that the Protem Speaker will conduct the floor test as per law. The apex Court also ordered the State Director General of Police to maintain law and order outside the Assembly to ensure smooth conduct of the floor test. Court has further directed the State government not to take policy decisions. In the meanwhile, officials here have started making arrangements for the floor test. 

The newly elected MLAs of the Congress and JDS combine, earlier came in three buses and were were put up at a five-star hotel at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad to prevent the BJP from horse trading to build their majority. These MLAs would be returning to Bengaluru tonight or early Saturday for the floor-test. 

In the meanwhile, Chief Minister Yeddyurappa has expressed confidence that he would be able to prove majority on floor of the House.

 

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