New Delhi, May 19: Ahead of the crucial floor test at 4 PM, both Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have locked horns over proving majority in the 224-member Karnataka assembly. Speaking to reporters, BJP leader Sadananda Gowda exuded confidence in proving majority on the floor of the House saying, “Wait till 4.30 pm. We will win and BS Yeddyurappa will be the CM for 5 years.” Also Read - Bihar Elections: BJP Appoints ex-Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis as In-charge
CM Yeddyurappa also seemed confident of winning majority. “100% I am going to have absolute majority. Tomorrow I am going to take all that decision which I promised to the people of Karnataka,” he asserted. Also Read - 'UP CM Must Resign,' Says Priyanka Gandhi as Congress Launches Protests Over Hathras Gangrape Case
On the other hand, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad claimed that numbers are against BJP. “Numbers are in favor of us. MLAs are in our favour. We will form the govt,” said Azad while talking to reporters today. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: BJP President JP Nadda to Meet Party Brass in State to Decide on Seat Sharing
Earlier on Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that a floor test be conducted on Saturday at 4 pm for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to prove their majority in the state assembly. The decision was taken after the top court heard the arguments for and against the petition filed by the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) on Governor Vala’s invitation to the BJP to form the government in the state.
Though the BJP emerged as a single largest party with 104 MLAs, they are short of the halfway mark of 112 by seven MLAs. The Congress and the JD(S) have entered into a post-poll alliance and together with 115 MLAs they are staking claim to form the government.
(With agency inputs)