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  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
  • The Bihar assembly passes a resolution to stick to the old NPR form, making it the first NDA state to do so
  • Arms deal for advanced helicopters, worth $3bn, signed with the US, but the trade deal remains elusive
  • Trump says he has a good equation with Pak PM Imran Khan and assures India that Pakistan is working to reduce cross border terrorism
  • Trump once again offers to mediate in the Kashmir issue
  • Trump says it is up to India to decide on the CAA
  • US President Donald Trump says PM Modi wants religious freedom for all
  • US President Donald Trump lands in Ahmedabad, received at the airport by Prime Minister Modi
  • US President Donald Trump to land in India today
Continuing violence in Delhi takes the sheen off the visit by US President Donald Trump
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Congress-JD(S) Will Always Have To Be On Guard

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2018-05-21 11:22:02

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The Congress-JD(S) combine in Karnataka has won the first and most important round by keeping its flock together and forcing BS Yeddyurappa to resign without facing the floor test. It was not a small victory given the fact that the BJP employed all its might including inducements, coercion and threats to snare the MLAs. But for once, both the JD(S) and the Congress displayed immense management skills to ensure that not even one MLA crossed over.

Having cleared the first hurdle, the combine has quickly got down to business. With the Congress having already declared “unconditional” support to the JD(S) with HD Kumaraswamy as chief minister for the full term, the matter is now only of cabinet formation. It seems that there will be a deputy CM from the Congress with 20 ministries going to the Congress and 13, including important ones such as finance and PWD, to the JD(S). The only hiccup is the demand by Lingayat MLAs (16 of them from the Congress and 4 from JD(S)) that there should be a Lingayat deputy CM. One is sure that after the BJP onslaught was successfully tackled, this demand will not cause much concern.

But the alliance will have to perpetually be on guard against poaching from the BJP. Smarting under the defeat, the next best alternative for the BJP will be to try and break the alliance. If the BJP manages to win the two seats where elections were deferred, its tally will rise to 106. If the two independents also support it, it will further rise to 108. Then the count will stand at 108:116 and the BJP will need to snare just 9 MLAs to reduce the strength of the house by making them resign. Then in a house of 215, it will have 108 to the alliance’s 107. This situation can arise in the future as the BJP is not going to sit idle. Then there is the Siddaramaiah angle too. The way he has been sidelined, a rebellion cannot be ruled out. In that case, the Congress will lose more than 15 to 20 MLAs. The combine has to guard against all these eventualities and walk a very tight rope while ruling the state.