Cong-JDS numbers intact, says Siddaramaiah ahead of floor test

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Bengaluru: Outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and JD(S) President HD Kumaraswamy address the media after a meeting with Governor Rudabhai Vala in relation with  in Bengaluru, May 15, 2018. PTI

Bengaluru: Outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and JD(S) President HD Kumaraswamy address the media after a meeting with Governor Rudabhai Vala in relation with in Bengaluru, May 15, 2018.
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All Congress and JD(S) MLAs and the two independent MLAs are with us, said former Chief Minister of Karanataka and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah addressing the presser after Supreme Court ordered floor test on Saturday 4PM.

Reacting to the developments, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the Supreme Court order on floor test in Karnataka was a vindication of the party’s stand.

Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said the court has called out BJP’s “bluff” of forming a government even without the numbers and alleged that the party will now resort to using money and muscle power to “steal” the mandate.

“The BJP’s bluff that it will form the Government, even without the numbers, has been called out by the court. Stopped legally, they will now try money and muscle, to steal the mandate,” he wrote on Twitter.

The Congress welcomed the Supreme Court’s order of holding a floor test in Karnataka Assembly tomorrow, saying the Constitution has won and democracy restored. Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala had given BJP Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa 15 days’ time to prove its majority.

Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said the Constitution has rejected the “unconstitutional” decision of the Karnataka Governor.

“Constitution wins, Democracy restored! BS Yeddyurappa does remain a 1 day CM – Constitution rejects an illegitimate CM as also the unconstitutional decision of Governor of Karnataka (sic),” he said on Twitter.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who represented the Congress-JD (S) combine in the apex court, termed the Supreme Court’s decision “historic”, and said, “Interim Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has been restrained from taking policy decisions till tomorrow.”

Today, a three-judge bench headed by Justice A K Sikri said, “Let the House decide and the best course would be floor test.” The apex court also directed the Karnataka government and the Governor not to nominate any MLA from the Anglo-Indian community to participate in the floor test.

(With inputs from PTI)