BJP MLA Bopaiah appointed pro-tem speaker; Cong, JDS move SC

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala appoints BJP MLA KG Bopaiah as Pro-Tem Speaker, ahead of floor test tomorrow, in Bengaluru, May 18, 2018. PTI

Bengaluru: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala appoints BJP MLA KG Bopaiah as Pro-Tem Speaker, ahead of floor test tomorrow, in Bengaluru, May 18, 2018.
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Senior BJP legislator and former Speaker KG Bopaiah has been appointed as pro-tem speaker of the Karnataka Assembly, where Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa is set to face the floor test tomorrow to prove his majority.

The Congress, on the other hand, has moved Supreme Court challenging Bopaiah’s appointment citing as per convention senior-most MLA should have been appointed as a pro-tem speaker.

The Congress has also opposed KG Bopaiah’s appointment as pro-tem speaker alleging past ruling of Supreme Court against the latter.

Governor Vajubhai Vala appointed Bopaiah as a pro-tem speaker this afternoon. The Governor’s decision came after the top court ordered holding of floor test in the Karnataka assembly on Saturday for ascertaining the majority or otherwise of the BS Yedyurappa’s government and for immediate appointment of the pro tem Speaker.

In its order, the apex court has enumerated four steps that have to be followed for holding the floor test, directing the immediate appointment of the pro tem Speaker, holding the oath ceremony for all elected members tomorrow.

This exercise has to be completed before 4 PM when the floor test will be held to ascertain the majority.

A bench comprising Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan has also ordered that adequate security arrangements shall be made and Director General of Police of Karnataka would himself supervise all arrangements so that there is no lapse on this count whatsoever.

(With inputs from PTI)