While terming the Supreme court ruling, directing the B S Yeddyurappa Government to go for a floor test on Saturday, as ‘historic’, the Congress on Friday said that the BJP’s stance at the hearing showed that the party senses its defeat in the confidence vote.
Talking to reporters here, AICC spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said,’the ruling of the Supreme Court is historic. It is the first case which has ruled on the extent of the rights and the discretion of the Governor has been made.’
Observing that the stance taken by the BJP at the hearing showed that it was sensing its defeat in Saturday’s floor test, Mr Singhvi, who represented Congress and JD(S) in the apex court said: “The defeat stares the BJP in the face in Karnataka floor test as is evident from the stance of the party in the court on Friday. For example, during the hearing in the apex court, Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi , who represented the BJP, asked for a secret ballot. He also objected to the court asking the chief minister not to make any policy decisions.’
Mr Singhvi said that in his letter to the Governor, staking claim to form a government in the state, BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa claimed support of 104 MLAs and ‘others’ (which were not specified).
‘The BJP knows that it is staring at a certain defeat in Saturday’s floor test,’ he said and expressed the hope that these kind of ‘shenanigans’ would not be resorted to again by the BJP in the future.
Commenting on the claims by the BJP , expressing confidence of a win in the floor test, Mr Singhvi said, ‘the BJP claim of a win in the trust vote is nothing but a case of ‘Dutch courage’.
The party also disapproved of the decision of the Governor to appoint BJP MLA K G Boppiah as the protem Speaker, instead of Congress MLA R V Deshpande, who is senior most legislator among the newly elected MLAs.
“The BJP has not done the right thing….But what we do about it we will tell you later,” Mr Singhvi said.
“So far the convention even in Parliament is the Protem Speaker of Lok Sabha should go to the senior most member,” he said.
K G Bopaiah is BJP MLA for Virajpet and has been a former Speaker of the state legislature.
The speculation was rife on whether seven time MLA R V Deshpande of Congress would get the nod of the Governor to be Protem Speaker.
The role of Protem Speaker has become significant in view of Saturday’s trial of strength wherein Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has to prove his numbers on the floor of the assembly.
Earlier, reacting to the Supreme court order, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala described the Supreme court order, directing the B S Yeddyurappa Governemt in Karnataka to prove their majority in the state assembly on Saturday, as a win for the Constitution.
In a post on social media, Mr Surjewala said,’Constitution wins, Democracy restored BSYeddyurappa does remain a 1 day CM – Constitution rejects an illegitimate CM as also the unconstitutional decision of Governor of Karnataka.’
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Karnataka floor test to be held at 1600 hrs tomorrow.
A bench of justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, ruling on a petition by the Congress party, directed that the Protem Speaker will conduct floor test in accordance with law.
It directed the DGP of the state to take all measures to keep things under control outside the Assembly to make floor test happen smoothly inside the House.
The Bench asked not to nominate Anglo Indian MLA till the floor test is conducted.
It also directed BS Yeddyurappa government, meanwhile, not to take major policy decision.
The Congress has termed the decision of Karnataka Governor Vijubhai Vala to invite the BJP to form the Government in the state despite lacking the numbers as ‘unconstitutional’.
The Congress party had gone to the Supreme court on Wednesday night against the decsion of the Governor giving invitation to BJP leader Mr Yeddyurappa to form government and thus brushed aside the claim of JD(S)-Congress combine.