- There are precedents, the Supreme Court said
- Give time to Congress-JDS MLAs to return, Yeddyurappa's lawyer argued
- Abhishek Singhvi said Congress was ready for a floor test tomorrow
Arguing on behalf of Mr Yeddyurappa, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said, "There should be a reasonable time, not one day, for a floor test."
The judges replied, "There are past precedents fixing such short time period for a floor test."
One of the arguments that Mr Rohatgi put up was: "Congress and Janata Dal Secular lawmakers are locked up outside the state. They have to come. So give more time."
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who moved the petition challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Valla's decision to invite the BJP to form government despite it being short of the majority mark, said his party was ready for a floor test tomorrow.
Mr Rohatgi submitted Mr Yeddyurappa's letters to the governor staking claim to power. The court had asked to see the letters and what the BJP had said about numbers in an all-night hearing on Wednesday.
Mr Rohatgi said a floor test was the only option to check who had the numbers to form government, accusing the Congress and the JDS of forging signatures.
"We will show numbers where required, why should we show the numbers in the Supreme Court?" said Mr Rohatgi.
The court said there were "two options" -- a hearing on the governor's action or a floor test tomorrow.
"It is a number game, whoever enjoys the majority should be invited," said Justice AK Sikri, who headed the three-judge bench.