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Amid allegations of buying off MLAs Supreme Court orders live telecast of Karnataka assembly floor test

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After days of uncertainty regarding who will ascend to power, the Supreme Court on Saturday ordered live telecast of proceedings of the floor test in which B S Yeddyurappa has to prove his majority in the Karnataka Assembly.

The Supreme Court on Saturday refused to interfere with the appointment of pro tem speaker, K.G. Bopiah and directed for live feed from the floor test to be provided to several local channels which would simultaneously telecast the footage.

The floor test to prove the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) majority in the Karnataka assembly will be held at 4pm on Saturday.

“What else can be more transparent than live telecast of the floor test”, Justice Sikri said.

The court also noted that seniority for a pro tem speaker would not be assessed only through his age but also his tenure.

Congress and Janata Dal(Secular) had approached the court last evening challenging the governor’s decision to appoint K.G. Bopiah as the pro tem speaker.

 

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