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  • Crude prices fall sharply as Saudi Arabia assures normal production in a few weeks. Prices fall by 5.4% to $65.30 per barrel
  • Sensex tumbles 700 points over fears that rising crude prices will deal a body blow to the tottering Indian economy
  • As Rajeev Kumar fails to appear before the CBI despite several notices, the agency forms a special team to locate and apprehend him
  • S Jaishankar says Pakistan is not a normal neighbour and its behaviour is a "set of aberrations"
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar says PoK in Indian territory and the country hopes to have physical jurisdiction over it one day
  • Barasat Sessions court near Kolkata rejects Rajeev Kumar anticipatory bail application citing lack of jurisdiction as the reason
  • PM Modi celebrates his birthday with Narmada aarti and later has lunch with his mother.
  • All 6 Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs merge with the Congress in Rajasthan
  • Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi on Wednesday, state issues on the agenda
  • Pakistan to open Kartarpur corridor on Nov 9
  • Rajeev Kumar, ex-police commissioner of Kolkata and wanted for questioning in the Sarada scam does not appear before the CBI despite the state administration requesting him to do so
  • Supreme Court asks the Centre to restore normalcy in J&K but keeping national interest in mind
  • As Trump accepts the invitation to attend a programme in Houston with PM Modi, India rushes to settle trade issues with US
  • After drone attack on Aramco's Suadi Arabia facility, oil prices jump 19% in intra-day trading causing worries for India
  • Imran Khan raises nuclear war bogey again, says if Pakistan loses a conventional war, it might fight till the end with its nuclear arsenal
Sunni Wakf Board and Nirvani Akhara write to the Supreme Court for a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya dispute
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Over To Legal Eagles And Horse Traders

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.
There is only one way by which BS Yeddyurappa can prove majority on the floor of the house and that is by ‘buying’ the loyalty of opposition MLAs. Reports in a section of the press saying that about a dozen Lingayat MLAs from the Congress and the JD(S) might rally behind BSY, who is a Lingayat, to make one from their community the chief minister are nothing but balderdash. If that was the case, all Lingayat politicians would have left their respective parties and joined the BJP before the elections as it was the only party which had chosen a Lingayat as its CM face.

Let’s face it, if BSY manages to prove his majority it will only be because of horse-trading. BSY is quite adept at that, having done a similar act with Operation Lotus back in 2008. This time, he has the added advantage of having the canny Amit Shah in his corner. Together, they will most likely get the numbers before the time limit of 15 days, if the Supreme Court does not spoil their party in the meantime.

The Congress-JD(S) combine thinks that confining MLAs to a resort will prevent them from changing sides. But there are many other channels of communication – through family members, underlings and other leaders – that can be exploited to strike a deal even without the MLA being present. The signal can be given to him when he is brought to the assembly for the vote of confidence. If any party makes it a mission to snare MLAs no resort is going to stop it from doing so.

The only thing that can stop this mess is the Supreme Court. The SR Bommai case of 1994 and the verdict in the Rameshwar Prasad case in 2006 have laid down the guidelines which governors are expected to follow in cases of fractured mandate. But still, the constitution does not say that the governor has to act in a particular way. It leaves it to his discretion. Now the apex court will have to decide whether Vajubhai Vala applied his discretion in a proper and legal manner or acted in a partisan manner to invite the BJP. But what will happen if the BJP proves its majority on the floor of the house before the SC decides anything?

As for the Congress and other opposition parties, they want the best of all worlds. In Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya they alleged that the governors were partisan when they invited post-poll alliances that had the numbers. In Karnataka, they are alleging that Vala is wrong when he has invited the single largest party. Actually, politicians of all hue want to interpret all situations according to their own benefit. If Congress, as the single largest party, needed to be invited in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya then how is it wrong to invite the BJP, which is the single largest party, in Karnataka?