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SC saves the day, directs CM Yeddy to floor test on Sat; RSS man to conduct House

The Supreme Court has directed a floor test on Saturday to ascertain the support to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa in the 224-member assembly and barred him from taking any policy decisions till then. Directing the floor test at 4 pm, a bench of Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice Ashok Bhushan said the pro-tem Speaker, the senior most member of the House, would administer the newly-elected members their oath and then conduct the floor test. Governor Vajubhai Vala appointed K G Bopaiah as the pro-tem speaker of the Karnataka Assembly for administering oath to newly elected MLAs and conducting the Supreme Court-ordered floor test on Saturday, prompting the Janata Dal (Secular) to move Supreme Court. Considered close to Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, he had disqualified 11 disgruntled BJP and five independent MLAs ahead of a trust vote to help the Yeddyurappa government in 2011.

If in Karnataka, why not in Goa or Bihar; Question Congress, RJD

The Congress in Goa and the RJD in Bihar, using the same logic as the Governor in Karnataka, are seeking to ask the governors of their states to also give them a chance to form the government the same way that BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa was sworn-in in Karnataka as the leader of the single largest party. The RJD is the single largest party in the Bihar Assembly after Nitish Kumar and his JD(U) walked out and staked claim with BJP as its partner. In Goa, despite the Congress being the single largest party it was not invited to form the government.

5 years or 15 days! Yeddy takes oath as CM for 3rd time; SC refuses stay

BJP's BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka after a rollercoaster day and a night-long court-room battle. The rare post-midnight sitting of the court took place after the Congress and ally JD(S) challenged Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite the BJP to form government despite the strength of alliance numbers. The BJP has 105 lawmakers, including an Independent, in comparison to the 117 lawmakers of the alliance in the 224-member assembly. Mr Yeddyurappa has 15 days to prove his majority. The court said while it is allowing the oath to proceed, it would be subject to the outcome of the case.