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Political Chaos in Karnataka


Political Chaos in Karnataka

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What is the first synonym that comes to your mind after hearing the word ‘politics?’ Controversial. Politics and controversies always go hand in hand. From making heated allegations at each other to pulling each other down, everything happens here. Especially during the election season. There are only two main competing parties in India, Congress, and BJP.

The rivalry has been ever-present between BJP has won the election for the second time in a row on 23rd May. The two parties do not leave any chance to insult each other and hence, intensifying the political circumstances even more.

The same situation prevails in Karnataka state these days. Karnataka functions under the rule of Congress and JDS. H.D. Kumara Swamy is the chief minister of Karnataka since 23 May 2018. Let’s investigate the whole matter closely.

Existing Rivalry 

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BJP and Congress have been never on good terms with each other and why would they. After all, this is politics. In 2019 elections as well multiple heated statements were passed between MLAs and ministers from both the parties.

Whether it’s related to Rafael or the policies introduced by each party in their working period everything becomes the reason to fight. But now tension in Karnataka has begun to rise. The game of snatching and bribing MLAs to join the other party remains consistent.

The Dispute

Congress and JDS together function in Karnataka as a ruling party. Congress did not win the elections in Karnataka on its own back in 2018 and thus, asked JDS to form ties with them. Recently 18 MLAs of Congress – JDS association submitted their resignations to join the rival party, BJP on July 1, 6, 8, 9 and 10 respectively.

When the assembly speaker accepted 18 resignations, the strength of the Congress- JDS association decreased to 100 from its earlier strength of 118. In total there are 224 members in the house and for the majority 113 members are required from the side of the ruling party otherwise the ruling party would not hold the majority.

If the resignation of the MLAs approved, BJP will hold the majority and thus, Congress and JDS will lose, which they cannot afford.

Hence, the resignation was not accepted by the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar as the proper rules and regulations were not followed by the MLAs, which led to MLAs extreme rebelling.

Role Of Supreme Court

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After being denied by the speaker, the rebel MLAs filed a petition in the Supreme Court. They claimed that he did not deliberately accept their resignations and they are forced by both sides. The Apex Court interrogated the speaker KR Ramesh Kumar matter and asked him to study the matter thoroughly and report back by midnight.

The speaker, in turn, filed a petition of his own statement that he is a human and can’t work at a ‘lightning speed’. He further criticized the MLAs by said that going to the supreme court was not the right step. The hearing in this matter was scheduled to be held between July 10 and 12

Security To MLAs

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Supreme Court ordered the Karnataka DGP to provide security to the rebel MLAs. The MLAs were suspicious of any attack or other dangerous incidents that might happen in this heated situation and thus, asked for security outside the hotel.

Even though the MLAs will be prevented from joining the other party, the boat has already sailed. When there is no corporation among the party, how will they run the state?

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