The SC had rejected Yeddyurappa's plea asking for at least a week's time to face the floor test.

Live Blog BS Yeddyurappa steps down as Karnataka CM ahead of floor test
Karnataka Elections Karnataka 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:26

A floor test in the Vidhana Soudha on Saturday evening is all set to decide the fate of the BJP government in Karnataka.

The Supreme Court directive on Friday to hold the floor test in the Karnataka Assembly led to heightened political activity in the state, with the Congress-JD(S) returning to the state to take part in the exercise.

Also read: SC orders Karnataka floor test on Saturday: Can Yeddyurappa prove majority?

The apex court had in its Thursday morning order rejected Yeddyurappa's plea, made through senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi, asking for at least a week's time to face the floor test, and directed it to be conducted on Saturday at 4 pm instead.

A bench of Justice AK Sikri, Justice SA Bobde and Justice Ashok Bhushan on Friday said the pro-tem Speaker, conventionally the senior-most member of the Assembly, would administer the newly elected members their oath and then conduct the floor test.

The court junked Attorney General KK Venugopal's suggestion that the floor test be conducted through secret ballot.

The court also barred Yeddyurappa from taking any policy decisions till the floor test.

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