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News Snippets

  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • 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
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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Congress To Blame For Crisis In Karnataka Alliance

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

With the resignation of 11 MLAs, the Congress-JD(S) government is facing a fresh crisis. This time, however, the numbers, combined with two Congress MLAs who had resigned some days ago, threaten to topple the government. More seriously, as the Congress has continuously chosen to brush the discontent in the party under the carpet, senior leaders like Ramalinga Reddy (a name to reckon with in Bangalore) and H Viswanath have been forced to put in their papers. Some of the resigning MLAs have indicated that they want former CM Siddaramaiah back in the hot seat.

It is surprising that instead of acknowledging the crisis, people like DK Sivakumar and KM Narayanswamy have sought to underplay the issue. Sivakumar first said that nobody had resigned but later said that those who have wished to resign have small grievances and the party will address them to bring them back in the fold. Narayanswamy, on the other hand, chose to blame the media for blowing up the issue as according to him only 4 or 5 MLAs had resigned.

A clue that a break-up in the alliance was imminent was available when former PM and JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda had recently said that mid-term polls were inevitable. That he chose to retract his statement under pressure from the Congress did nothing to quell the buzz. Deve Gowda is too seasoned a politician to indulge in loose talk. He must have sensed the mood in the Congress camp where several MLAs, instigated by Siddaramaiah, were bent on breaking the alliance. His reading of the matter was correct and the Congress has indeed broken up.

The fault lies with the Congress. It has kept its eyes and ears closed even as a large number of its MLAs have resented giving the top seat permanently to the JD(S) which won just 37 seats. Some state Congress leaders, especially Siddaramaiah and his supporters, have spent all their time trying to undermine HD Kumaraswamy and the very government they are a part of. The Congress should have renegotiated the terms of the alliance with the JD(S) to seek rotation of the top job and better representation for its MLAs as per its status of the party with more than double the seats. By not doing so, it has allowed the discontent to fester and the BJP an opportunity to stake the claim to form the government.