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As Supreme Court shoots down BJP's whimsical flight to power

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As Supreme Court shoots down BJP's whimsical flight to power

The supreme court's order on Friday directing a floor test in the Karnataka Assembly carries an explicit hint of disciplining for all parties.

The court, in one swipe, turned down a flood of demands of the BJP and shot down the arguments of the party's counsel.

The bench of justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan was taking forward and building on the observations of its midnight hearing of Wednesday. The court on Wednesday termed 'preposterous' attorney general KK Venugopal's contention that the anti-defection law was not binding on the legislators as they had not taken oath.

Demands and response

The primary demand of the BJP to uphold the governor's granting of 15 days to prove majority was struck down. Upholding 'legislative precedence,' the court said it was 'best to prove majority' as soon as possible. Then, the court ordered a trust vote in the house on Saturday. By this, the governor's act (of granting 15 days) has been annulled.

Secret ballot: The court also turned down the BJP's demand for secret ballot. The pro-tem speaker can decide on the mode of vote - either voice vote or electronic/manual vote.

Anglo-Indian representative: The court said the government cannot nominate the Anglo-Indian representative for the time being.

Policy decisions: The court said the Yeddyurappa government shall not take any major policy decisions.

Security: The court directed the director-general of police to ensure the security of all legislators

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