Congress moves SC against Bopaiah’s appointment

New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) The Congress moved the Supreme Court on Friday challenging the appointment of BJP legislator K.G. Bopaiah as Pro-Term Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly.

Bopaiah will be presiding over the floor test on Saturday to ascertain whether newly-appointed Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa enjoys a majority support in the Assembly or not.

A team of Congress leaders arrived at the Supreme Court on Friday evening to file the petition. Once the plea is accepted by the Registry, they will approach the registrar (vacation) for an early hearing late on Friday.

The Congress has contended that Bopaiah is not the senior-most member of the newly-elected House and as per the Parliamentary convention, it is only the senior-most member in terms of number of times he has been elected to the Assembly who can be a Pro-Term Speaker.

Earlier in the day, the party said Bopaiah’s appointment was made “with the sole intent of manufacturing a majority out of minority for Yeddyurappa”.

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