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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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Shadow Boxing By Congress in Goa

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2018-09-17 19:04:14

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The Congress is trying to take advantage of Goa CM Manohar Parikkar’s illness and the reported disgruntlement between coalition partners over a temporary CM. With 16 MLAs in the assembly (as opposed to the BJP’s 14), the Congress has staked claim to form the government. In a letter to the state Governor, submitted to her secretary as the Governor was out of the state, signed by all 16 MLAs, the party has said that the assembly should not be dissolved and as the single largest party, it should be given a chance to form the government.

But where is the need to dissolve the assembly. One thinks that the Congress has jumped the gun. Being an experienced party, it should know that it cannot stake claim to form the government when a coalition is running the state. The CM’s illness cannot be a ground for the Governor to either dissolve the assembly or invite any other party or coalition to form the government. Having, or not having, a caretaker CM (till Parikkar recovers) is the sole prerogative of the ruling coalition.

Further, the Governor cannot be expected to act on the basis of support of just 16 MLAs in a house with a total strength of 40. The Congress’ action is akin to either a caveat or an anticipatory bail. It thinks that the assembly might be dissolved if the ruling coalition breaks. So it is taking preventive measures. If it is really serious about forming the government, it should present the Governor with a fait accompli by surreptitiously breaking the coalition and getting the support of the three MLA’s each of Goa Forward Party and the MGP or of the three Independents and the lone MLA of the NCP to make up the numbers. Then the Governor will have no choice but to invite it to form the government. Without that, the Congress is just indulging in shadow boxing.