Live telecast will bring fairness to floor test: Singhvi

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New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Senior counsel and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing in the Supreme Court for the Congress and the JD-S, said on Saturday that the live telecast during floor test in the Karnataka Assembly will bring fairness to the trust vote.

“The first and basic object of our application was to establish transparent norm for a trust vote and it will be ensured by releasing the live feed simultaneously in some local channels,” Singhi added while addressing the media outisde the Supreme Court.

Earlier on Saturday, disposing off an application by the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular questioning Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to appoint K.G. Bopaiah as the pro tem speaker in the assembly, the apex court allowed Bopaiah to remain.

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It also allowed daylong live telecast of the assembly proceedings including the 4 p.m. trust vote when Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa takes the floor test.

“I think virtually all our concerns are talken care of, videography was a specific request which has been taken care of. Ultimately (it boils down to) the hope and trust that the highest norms of democracy will be maintained…,” he stated.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s B.S. Yeddyurappa was on Thursday sworn in as the Chief Minister after the May 12 elections threw up a hung assembly.

The court on Friday directed the floor test to ascertain the support to Yeddyurappa in the 224-member assembly as his party fell short of eight seats.

–IANS

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