BJP to Face Floor Test in Karnataka
It seems that the first round of legal battle over the Karnataka crisis have gone in favor of the BJP with the Supreme Court allowing B S Yeddyurappa to take oath as the Chief Minister, but experts say the final victory for them would be to win the number game on the floor of the House.
Various senior advocates like Rakesh Dwivedi, Vikas Singh and noted constitutional lawyer Govind Goel have stated that everyone is waiting for the apex court on how it deals with the situation where the Governor has granted 15 days to Yeddyurappa to prove majority. The Congress and Janata Dal combine has criticised saying it would lead to horse-trading.
As per these legal advisors, it is expected that the court may appoint a neutral person as an observer for the floor test in the Karnataka Assembly.
Govind Goel is of the view that the supreme court could direct that the floor test be conducted in the presence of an observer, as was done in Uttarkhand in May 2016.