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  • 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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Karnataka: Ideally, The BJP Should Sit In The Opposition

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2018-05-15 16:54:14

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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 numbers not going in its favour and the JD(S)-Congress joining hands, will the BJP sit in the opposition and let Kumaraswamy become the next CM of Karnataka? On the face of it, that should be the best way for the party. But in democracy, there are many threads and each thread is exploited differently at different times. Forgetting Goa and Manipur, the BJP now says that it is not going to allow the Congress and the JD(S) to “usurp” the people’s verdict. But how is the party going to form the government with only 104-105 seats it is expected to finally get? Let us assume that the two independents will support it and it will win the two seats where elections have been deferred. It will still have only 108-109 seats, 3-4 seats short of majority. The Congress (76-78) and the JD(S) (37-39) together have 115 seats, a clear majority. Clearly, although the BJP can claim support of a majority of Kannadigas (though even that is doubtful as the vote share of both Congress and BJP is almost same), they have not given it enough seats to take a shot at forming the government.

Yet, anything can happen in the given situation. The governor can cite custom (although not followed in recent times in Goa and Manipur) to invite the BJP first as it is the single largest party. Once that happens, apart from the cacophony of charges about ‘murder of democracy’ from the opposition, horse trading will start immediately. For, the BJP alone is definitely not in a position to form the government. Or he can see the writing on the wall and invite Congress-JD(S) to form a stable government. Ideally, the BJP should inform the governor that it is not in a position to form the government and let Kumaraswamy become the CM with Congress’ blessings. Then, it should wait for the alliance to self-destruct. With Congress having more than twice the seats that JD(S) has, it is now yielding the CM’s chair to Kumaraswamy just to prevent the BJP from forming the government by offering a deal to the JD(S). This arrangement is not going to last. It will be in BJP’s interests not to form the government now. But will the aggressive Amit Shah and ambitious Yeddyurappa take this line?