Yeddyurappa has To Prove Majority Tomorrow: SC Order

Updated: 06:50 GMT, May 20, 2018 | Published: 12:04 GMT, May 18, 2018 |

 The BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, who was sworn in yesterday as Chief Minister of a minority government in Karnataka, has to take a trust vote at 4 pm tomorrow, the Supreme Court said today, drastically slashing to 24 hours the time he has to win over more lawmakers.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala had controversially given Mr Yeddyurappa 15 days for a test of strength. Mr Yeddyurappa’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi, the former top lawyer for the central government, asked for a week but the court rejected it.

“Better that the floor test is on Saturday (tomorrow) so that nobody gets any time,” said one of the three judges hearing the case.  Mr Yeddyurappa’s request for a secret ballot was also denied.

The BJP is eight members short of the 112-majority mark in Karnataka.

On Wednesday night, a day after Karnataka produced a hung verdict, the Governor decided to invite the BJP instead of the Congress-Janata Dal Secular combine, which claimed 117 lawmakers. The Congress challenged his decision in the Supreme Court the same night.

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