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 Yeddy quits ahead of floor test

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has resigned after a long speech in the assembly on the day of the Supreme Court-ordered floor test. The election results came out on May 15.

The assembly proceedings for the Karnataka floor test had been adjourned till 3:30 pm for lunch.

Two Congress legislators had gone missing, following which the police had gone to a hotel in Bengaluru to look for them.

The Congress and the Janata Dal Secular or JDS have alleged that the BJP had been trying to poach their MLAs in order to win the floor test.

Two days ago, Yeddyurappa of the BJP took oath to lead a minority government in Karnataka. He was given 15 days by Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala to prove his majority.

The Supreme Court on Friday, however, ordered the trust vote to be held today after hearing a petition filed by the Congress. Though the BJP won 104 seats, it is eight short of the majority mark of 111 after one of its legislators was picked as the speaker for today. The Congress and the Janata Dal Secular (JDS) of HD Deve Gowda have taken their legislators out of Karnataka to prevent them from being poached by the BJP.

The Supreme Court also rejected the Congress’s petition against making Bopaiah the pro term speaker.

“Live broadcast of floor test would be the best way to ensure transparency of proceedings,” the court said.


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