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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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The Unsavoury Mess In Karnataka

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.
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.