The Supreme Court on Friday directed the BS Yeddyurappa-led BJP Government in Karnataka to prove its majority in the floor of the assembly at 4 pm tomorrow. The apex court gave the directive after resuming its hearing on a joint petition filed by Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) challenging the oath-taking of BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister and Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite the BJP to form the government.

The apex court had in a pre-dawn ruling on Thursday decided against deferring Yeddurappa’s oath- taking ceremony but fixed Friday morning as the next day of hearing in the case.

Meanwhile, the BJP, Congress and the JD(S) welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict on the floor test. Chief Minister Yeddyurappa exuded confidence of having the numbers on his side.

The Congress and the JD(S), too, welcomed the developments amid desperate attempts to keep their flocks together ahead of tomorrow’s trust vote.

However, there are reports of a few Congress MLAs who have been kept in different resorts going ‘missing’ amid horse-trading fears expressed by leaders of the two parties.

The BJP, on the other hand, claimed that the Congress party’s double standards over the judiciary have now been exposed.


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