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  • 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
  • The Bihar assembly passes a resolution to stick to the old NPR form, making it the first NDA state to do so
  • Arms deal for advanced helicopters, worth $3bn, signed with the US, but the trade deal remains elusive
  • Trump says he has a good equation with Pak PM Imran Khan and assures India that Pakistan is working to reduce cross border terrorism
  • Trump once again offers to mediate in the Kashmir issue
  • Trump says it is up to India to decide on the CAA
  • US President Donald Trump says PM Modi wants religious freedom for all
  • US President Donald Trump lands in Ahmedabad, received at the airport by Prime Minister Modi
  • US President Donald Trump to land in India today
Continuing violence in Delhi takes the sheen off the visit by US President Donald Trump
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The Unsavoury Mess In Karnataka

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2018-05-19 11:38:24

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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 Supreme Court has done the right thing by not giving time to BS Yeddyurappa and the BJP to cobble numbers through horse-trading. It has also done the right thing in not reversing the governor’s decision of inviting the BJP. It is true that the constitution allows the governor to use his discretion in case of fractured mandate, but it is also true that this discretion is to be used wisely and with a clear conscience. The Supreme Court did well to raise questions about the way in which this discretion is applied by governors. It is obvious that Vajubhai Vala has never read the classic Munshi Premchand story Panch Parmeshwar, or the judge is supreme.

In the first past the post electoral system that India follows, it is true that the BJP fell short of majority. But it is also true that the people voted against the Congress which is evident as it lost 44 seats from the tally in 2103. That it was a vote for the BJP is also clear as the party gained 64 seats. Although the vote share of BJP was lesser than the Congress but that holds little meaning in first past the post system. It is also true that since the Congress and the JD(S) fought the elections against each other, the people of Karnataka did not give them a mandate to come together and form the government. But a vacuum cannot exist in democracy and it is the duty of every party to try a form a stable government. Hence, although the coming together of Congress and JD(S) can be termed opportunistic and even immoral, it is definitely less immoral than trying to form a government by snaring opposition MLAs through unfair means like monetary or other inducements.

In any case, the matter will be decided on the floor of the house today. The BJP, not having had the luxury of time on its side, is now said to be banking on the support of a score of Lingayat MLAs in both the Congress and the JD(S). The other parties know this and will definitely try and prevent them from voting in favour of BSY by dangling carrots of their own. One is still of the opinion that instead of creating such a mess, the BJP should have let the Congress and the JD(S) form the government. The opportunistic alliance would have broken down sooner rather than later. It would have been then appropriate for the BJP to have stepped in.