oppn parties Over To Legal Eagles And Horse Traders

News Snippets

  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
oppn parties
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?