DANCE OF DEMOCRACY IN INDIA – CASE STUDY OF KARNATAKA ELECTION

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by N. S. Venkataraman      18/5/2018

After a bitterly contested assembly election in Karnataka state in India in May 2018, the result was a hung assembly, with no individual party getting an absolute majority. Karnataka governor who has to invite a party to form the government in a situation when no party has reached the absolute majority faced a piquant situation. Finally, the governor has taken his decision.

The governor’s decision is applauded by some and criticized by others and now hotly debated in India. Some people say that the governor’s decision amounts to violating democratic principles and others argue that he has acted correctly.

Is the decision of Karnataka governor to call BJP to form government wrong?

After the Karnataka election, when BJP with 104 seats and Congress and JDS combine with 116 seats staked claims to form a government, Karnataka governor justifiably and reasonably invited the BJP to form the government and asked it to undergo floor test within fifteen days.

Though Congress JDS combine has 116 seats, the ground reality is that it is a post-election alliance and not a pre-election alliance. If it were pre-election alliance, the governor would have accepted their claim.

During the election, JDS and Congress abused each other in the campaign, contested against each other and in some seats, Congress defeated JDS, and in some other places, JDS defeated Congress. A JDS candidate defeated Even the Chief Minister.

Governor must be wondering as to how can these two parties who were such bitter rivals seven days back join together and run the government. Can they give a stable government or will they continue the quarrel? Governor must have considered the alliance as opportunistic alliance devoid of principles that would not result in a stable government.

The governor could neither believe BJP’s claim nor believe Congress JDS claim.

In the circumstances, the only option left for the governor is to invite the party with the most significant number of seats to form a government and test the majority in the floor of the assembly.

If BJP would lose, then it claims would be proved wrong. Then, Congress, JDS combine would form the government.

If JDS congress combine would be so confident of their majority, then why not they defeat the BJP government in the assembly and assume power. JDS congress combine complains that BJP may indulge in horse trading. Are their MLAs only horses? Have they given seats to horses to contest?

By accusing the governor with all sorts of impolite language and Congress President talking about democracy in Pakistan in derisive terms and comparing the Karnataka situation to the scenario in Pakistan, the Congress JDS combine is not showing any quality of maturity.

Why drag Pakistan in this Karnataka controversy? It is incredibly unfair and unwarranted.

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