Natakas in Kar­nataka

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Both the BJP and the Congress fought tooth and nail to cap­ture power in Kar­nataka in the re­cently con­cluded as­sem­bly elec­tion. The BJP, which was in win­ning spree in north-east states tried to re­peat it in for the sim­ple rea­son that the saf­fron party is not in a po­si­tion to step in south­ern states. As pre­dicted in exit polls the BJP emerged as the largest sin­gle party and the JD(S) not as the king maker but thanks to the de­ci­sion of the Congress party to stop BJP from re­turn­ing to power. But chaoses con­tinue to per­sist and there are dif­fer­ent le­gal opin­ions in what Gover­nor should do whether to in­vite only the largest sin­gle party or the party which cob­bled ma­jor­ity and stakes claim.

We should blame the peo­ple for this mess when Congress, JD(S) com­bine cried foul when Gover­nor in­vited Yed­diyu­rappa, leader of the BJP to form the gov­ern­ment. But there is noth­ing wrong in the Gover­nor's in­vi­ta­tion to

BJP to form the gov­ern­ment as the prac­tice is al­ready in vogue to in­vite the largest sin­gle party. More over only the party which is in power at the cen­tre will be favoured by the Gover­nor who has to dance to the tune of Pres­i­dent. This is not the first time in the po­lit­i­cal his­tory of In­dia that the largest party is in­vited to form the gov­ern­ment though other party cob­ble and show the re­quite num­ber of MLAs to form the gov­ern­ment.

But it is a black dot or mock­ery of In­dian democ­racy that the party, which has the low­est num­ber of MLAs hold the reign, Ku­maraswamy the leader of JS(S) which won only 37 seats is the choice of Congress party which came sec­ond and it is just a like a sac­ri­fice/po­lit­i­cal mis­chievous game of the Congress to al­low Ku­maraswamy to be the CM, just to stab BJP. Ev­ery time when such frac­tured re­sults emerge it cre­ates chaos re­sult­ing in horse trad­ing, etc. and a MLA gets a siz­able amount as re­ward for the sup­port.

— K.S. Srini­vasan

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