Confident of winning Karnataka Assembly floor test, says Yeddyurappa

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"We welcome the Supreme Court order of floor test at 4 p.m. on Saturday".

The court also junked Attorney General KK Venugopal's suggestion that the floor test be conducted through secret ballot.

Hailing the top court's order, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the Supreme Court's order to conduct a floor test in the Karnataka Assembly "vindicated" the party's stand that Governor Vajubhai Vala's acted unconstitutionally.

Motorcyclists ride past a bus featuring an image of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi parked outside the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office in Bangalore, India.

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The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats in Karnataka assembly, was invited by Vala to form the government. He questioned the 15-day time given to Yeddyurappa for proving majority, saying the Supreme Court had earlier said that "to give such time is to encourage the constitutional sin of poaching".

Abhishek Singhvi, representing Congress and JD (S), told the justices that Congress-JD (S) is ready for Floor Test tomorrow.

On Thursday senior lawyer and former law minister Ram Jethmalani made a "mention" before Chief Justice Dipak Misra for listing a petition filed by him in his personal capacity questioning the decision of the governor to invite Mr Yeddyurappa to form the government.

The apex court is hearing a petition moved by the Congress-JD (S) combine challenging the governor's decision to invite the BJP to form the government. He removed all the Police forces at the Eagleton Resort where the MLAs of Congress and JDS stayed in Bengaluru.

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BJP Lok Sabha member Shobha Karandlaje tweeted that her party was in contact with Congress legislators who were upset with the party leadership for aligning with the JD (S).

The Congress and the JD (S) had joined hands after the election and staked claim to form the government. Any party or grouping needs 112 members to claim majority as per the present strength of the House. So, election of Speaker of Karnataka Assembly is to be held and only after that the "willing" Congress or JD (S) MLAs can resign.

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At a time when Congress-JD (S) is protesting against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala for inviting BS Yedurappa to form the government, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday said he will soon waive off crop loans of farmers across the state, in line with BJP election pledge. Congress and Janata Dal also claim to have the support of two independents and have accused the BJP of trying to bribe their members to switch sides.

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