The Congress-JD(S) combine today moved the Supreme Court against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s alleged move to nominate an Anglo-Indian member to the assembly, saying it should not be done till the floor test in the House. The interim application, filed this afternoon, is likely to be heard tomorrow along with the main petition of the combine on which the apex court in the wee hours today refused to stay the swearing-in of B S Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister of the state.
In a fresh plea, the Congress-JD(S) has sought a direction that the nomination of the Anglo-Indian member by the Governor, if done, should be set aside till Yeddyurappa undergoes the floor test in the House to prove majority.
The application would be heard by a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, which in a historic pre-dawn hearing, allowed the scheduled swearing-in of Yeddyurappa as the chief minister.
The plea said All India Anglo-Indian Association, in a letter written to the Governor on May 16 by its president, has said the “constitutional rights of Anglo-Indians may not be exploited for political purposes” and the nomination be made only after the floor test. “The use of Governor’s office for such ill-conceived and unconstitutional political ambitions and desires would amount to a death knell to democracy which is a basic feature of our Constitution,” the plea, mentioned by advocate Dev Dutt Kamath, said.
The strength of the Karnataka Assembly is 224, out of which elections were held for 222 seats and the nomination of one Anglo-Indian member would take it to 225.The plea alleged that the proposed nomination of an Anglo-Indian member to the state Assembly would be an “illegal attempt” to raise the strength of the BJP in the House.
It also said that any such attempt would be “unethical” and a complete mockery of the democratic process.
“The Governor in the light of fast-paced circumstances cannot enter the political thicket by even unilaterally exercising his powers under Article 333 in the face of impending floor test with a pre-determined motive to help the incumbent Chief Minister. “Any such exercise of power under Article 333 unilaterally by the Governor or on the aid and advice of the Chief minister is ex-facie unconstitutional,” it said.