Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa today has to prove his majority in the Assembly today . For the floor test at 4 pm, the governor has appointed K. G. Bopaiya as Protem Speaker.
Congress and JDS have expressed their objection to Bopaiah making Protem Speaker against it in the Supreme Court. On Saturday morning at 10.30 pm, the Bench Justice Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Bobde, hearing of the three judges of the Supreme Court, dismissed the petition while hearing the case. The court said that he can not appoint a Protem Speaker and can not give any direction to the Governor about this.
Although the Supreme Court directed to do live telecast of the majority test conducted in the Assembly on 4 o’clock.
Congress and JDS have challenged the decision of Governor Vajubhai Bala’s decision to invite the BJP to form the government.
Earlier on Thursday, the Governor of Karnataka had given BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa the oath of office to Chief Minister, but there remained political uncertainty.
The Bench of Justices AK Sikri, Justice SK Bobde and Justice Ashok Bhushan had ordered that the BJP has submitted a letter to the Governor Vajubhai Vala to claim the formation of a government in Karnataka and that he should be presented before it. The court had instructed the attorney general and Yeddyurappa to present the letter to the governor supporting the majority.
Yeddyurappa was sworn in on Thursday. Some four hours earlier, the Supreme Court had ordered in the midnight night hear that he had made the list of supporting legislators available to the court as soon as the court opened it on Friday morning.
However, Karnataka’s case is not the first case in the history of the Supreme Court when the apex court has heard its doors opening at midnight. In this historic hearing that Yeddyurappa cleared the path of oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, senior lawyers mentioned many instances when hearing in the apex court even after midnight.
Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing on behalf of some BJP MLAs, recalled the day of July 29, when the bench on midnight requested a ban on the proposed hanging of convicted Yakub Memon, who was awarded death sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. And the hearing lasted till 6 o’clock the next morning.