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Kumaraswamy is the Kingmaker who will ultimately get to be the King

Very few believed HD Kumaraswamy when he had repeatedly asserted in the run up to the Karnataka elections that he would not be the “king maker” but the “king” himself. However, the 58-year-old JD(S) leader who is also the state president of the party, is now enjopying the last laugh as he prepares himself to become the next chief minister of Karnataka following the resignition of BJP hopeful B.S. Yeddyurappa within 48 hours of being sworn in as the chief minister of the state. Kumaranna, as he is fondly addressed to by his followers, often displayed a sense of desperation in his assertions. “If you want to see me alive, please ensure JD(S) comes to power,” he had said while attempting to beseech voters at one of his rallies close to the end of the campaigning period. There were tears rolling down his cheeks then. Kumaraswamy has been making appeals to voters to provide him one last chance to be CM again. He had been the CM of the state for a short period of 20 months in 2006-2007. But his becoming the chief minister is not without a touch of irony because the JD(S) has only 38 MLAs in an assembly that has 224 members. Kumaraswamy was born in Haradanahalli of Holenarsipura taluk in Hassan district and got his initial education in Hassan. He had then shifted to...

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Congress, RJD Lay Claim To Form Gov. In Goa, Bihar Citing ‘Single Largest Party’ Argument

The Karnataka debate of whom to invite to form a government – the single largest party or the largest coalition with a majority, has spilled on to other states. The Congress staked fresh claim to form the government in Goa citing the Karnataka governor’s decision to call in the single largest party and said that it had the strength to set up a government. On the other hand, the Bihar governor was requested to give a call to the RJD in the state to form a government there because they were the ‘single largest party’ in the 2015 assembly elections there. Congress observed Friday as the ‘Save Democracy Day’ throughout the country with demonstrations against the BJP and against the decision of the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s to invite the BJP to form the government. The BJP emerged as the single largest party in the recently held Karnataka assembly elections with 104 seats out of a possible 222. It was eight less than the majority. The party lay its claim to form the government there and was promptly invited by the governor to take oath the very next day. On the other hand, the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) together has116 seats – more than the required majority. Their claim to form the government was ignored by the governor. What was more enraging for the opposition was that the BJP’s Yeddyurappa...

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The S.R. Bommai case, and why is it important in Indian politics

The Karnataka post-election scenario has repeatedly brought up the S.R. Bommai case. But what is the case all about? Who was S.R. Bommai? S.R. Bommai was the Chief Minister of the Janata Dal government in Karnataka between August 13, 1988 and April 21, 1989. Article 356 was used to dismiss his government on April 21, 1989. The premise was the loss of majority of the Bommai government because of large-scale defections. Bommai was refused a chance to test his majority in the Assembly even though Bommai had presented a copy of the resolution passed by the Janata Dal Legislature Party. What took place then? The Governor’s decision to recommend President’s Rule was contested by Bommai in court. His writ petition was dismissed initially by the Karnataka High Court. He then went to the Supreme court. What was the Supreme court’s ruling? It took five years for the case to be settled at the Supreme court. It however has become the most cited case in cases of hung Assemblies and a rush for government formation claims by multiple parties. The Supreme Court, comprising of a nine-judge Constitution Bench, settled allegations of arbitrary dismissal of State governments under Article 356 and spelled out restrictions on March 11, 1994. What is the judgement? According to the constitution bench ruling, the power of the President to dismiss a State government is not absolute....

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Supreme Court Allows Swearing In Of Yeddyurappa As Karnataka CM

Following a predawn hearing at the Supreme Court, it refused a stay order on the BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa’s swearing in as Karnataka Chief Minister. The appeal was made by senior Congress leaders on behalf of the Congress-JD(S) combination in Karnataka. The plea with the apex court sought a stay order on the BJP to form the government in Karnataka. There were many points that the Supreme court considered while passing the verdict. Governor Vajubhai Vala gave the chance to the BJP and also said that Yeddyurappa copould swear in as the CM of Karnataka. Cong-JD(S) challenged this order in Supreme court at mid night on Wednesday. The court opened its doors at the “odd hours” for the special hearing of the petition by a bench of Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan. The bench noted that it is necessary to peruse the letters dated May 15 and May 16 submitted by Yeddyurappa to the governor for claiming stake for government formation. Attorney General KK Venugopal was requested to approach the centre and Yeddyurappa to produce these letters on next hearing on Thursday at 10.30 am. Supreme Court made it clear that it is granting permission for the swearing in of Yeddyurappa as CM of Karnataka and for the BJP to form the government provisionally, till the ultimate outcome of the case that it was...

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Pak Army says it is ready to be a part of Indo-Pak talks

The Pakistan Army is willing to be a part of any dialogue process with India, said a spokesperson of the Pak military to a group of South Asian journalists visiting the country. The current Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi have given routine audiences to other foreign leaders as had the ones before him. When asked whether the Pakistani army and its chief would be part of any civilian delegation from Pakistan talking to India or meeting up with the head of the Indian army, Major-General Asif Ghafoor, Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate, said: “we have passed that stage.” It has bene India’s long standing belief that there is a divide between the civilian government of Pakistan and the Pakistani Army with regards to talks with India. India also believes that the Pakistani army could sabotage a talk process as had happened with the Lahore talks in 1999. Another example is the 2016 Uri terror strike, following which India cancelled attending the SAARC summit that was to be held in Islamabad. And since then there has been a halt in the bilateral dialogue process. However, there have been instances when India’s NSAs Ajit Doval and Nazir Janjua have discussed multiple issues in their meetings. The two countries (Indian and Pakistan) could not jump to the moon, commented Gen. Ghafoor when he was asked if...

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