High political drama in Karnataka shows that Indian Democracy is for sale

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The May 15 Karnataka verdict is considered as the Semi-final towards the 2019 Lok Sabha General Election  which only means that the 2014 Modi wave is subsiding, beginning from the Gujarat verdict in which the BJP gains 1.25 percent in vote share as compared 2012, but lost 16 seats, although they managed to form the government. This time the party managed to come out as the single largest party by winning 104 seats in the House of 222, while the Congress won 78 and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) won 38 seats, along with its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), throwing up a hung Assembly. The BJP is eight short of the 112-halfway mark needed for a simple majority.

Immediately after the announcement of the result, Indian National Congress (INC) is desperate to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of power in Karnataka and has made a stunning political thriller, by staking claim to form the next government as the second largest party capturing 78 seats with the support of JD-S with 38 seats. However, the Governor, Vajubhai R Vala did not allow them to parade the newly elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for physically exhibiting the strength of the Congress with the support of JD-S plus others.
The tables were turned when the newly elected Karnataka BJP legislators on May 16, 2018 elected the former Chief Minister and the BJP’s Chief Ministerial face Yeddyurappa as their legislative party leader, who immediately staked claim to form the next government though the party is eight seats short of a majority in the Assembly.
The whole afternoon of the second day after the result was the shocking texting by the BJP workers claiming they are forming the next government, even the time of swearing in was announced as 9:30 AM of May 17, 2018 considered as an auspicious time and date for Yeddyurappa, whereas, the Raj Bhawan was tight lipped and did not out any clarification regarding the claim made by the BJP worker, who is the Spokesperson from Mumbai!
While other state BJP workers claimed they have indeed received the letter from the Governor, inviting Yeddyurappa to form the government and to prove the majority within 15 days. According to the BJP insider, such attempt is also a means to stop horse trading, because the Congress did not have any pre-alliance with the JD-S, hence, it is not consider as the one with majority, unlike in the case of Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya, where the BJP entered pre poll alliances.
Meanwhile, Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy, the former Chief Minister while reacting to the high political drama in the press conference accused the BJP of offering Rs 100 crore and cabinet posts to its newly elected legislators in a “desperate” attempt to form a government in Karnataka.
Kumaraswamy alleged that their legislators have been offered Rs 100 crore and cabinet seats by the BJP in return for support. He eaquired aswWhere are the Income Tax officials now.
He also named Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for the offer as the BJP, he said, was desperate to form a government and deny the JD-S a chance to form a government with Congress backing. Kumaraswamy added this attempt by the BJP to poach their legislators will backfire as there are people who are willing to leave the BJP to support us (JD-S).
The JD-S and Congress together are not giving up their attempt to stop the BJP to form the government. The party’s state President ruled out aligning with the BJP this time, to avoid hurting his father, JD-S Supremo and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.
The political drama in the hung Karnataka Assembly has also set the Judiciary on its toes, as the Governor is seeking the legal advice, whereas, at the ground zero, the politicking has exposed the how the political parties in India have turned democracy into a mockery, where all possible strings are being pulled to make all Constitutional duties to spell the words which suit the one with power.
The turn of event in the case of Karnataka have not only attracted national attention, but people the world over are observing the drama being unfolding every minute, which make all the political pundits to sink in with new political moves, where one claims to be forming the government, while the Congress is accusing the Governor of having shamed his Constitutional office by inviting the BJP to form the government.


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