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Madhya Pradesh power politics, a repetition of Karnataka's 'Operation Lotus'

B hopal, capital city of Madhya Pradesh and Bengaluru, capital city of Karnataka are far off from one another and to be precise, 1,441.9 kilometres away by road on the national highway. Apart from the vast distance they are paradoxically divergent in geography, climate, culture and lifestyle. Yet, when it comes to practising present day politics the so called far off distance just fizzles out to your astonishment. The Kamalnath led Congress party government in Madhya Pradesh is now at the brink of a disaster, thanks to the 20+ ruling party legislators including six sitting ministers who have resolved to bid adieu to the national party on whose tickets they were elected to the state Assembly. This change of heart within the ruling party camp for valid reasons whatsoever is no strange phenomenon if you were to recollect similar such developments in Karnataka,just a few months back. Then 14 Congress and three Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) Members of Legislative Assembly(MLAs'

Karnataka: 16 Disqualified INC-JDS MLAs’ get entry to BJP, but what about victory in 05 December bye-polls?

A ll the 17 Indian National Congress(INC) and Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) Members of state Assembly but for R Roshan Baig(former Shivajinagar Congress MLA) have formally joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on 14 November and have also been gifted with the saffron party tickets to contest the ensuing 05 December bye-polls. But now the moot point haunting the ruling party top brass is: Forget most of them, whether at least a handful of them will be able to emerge victorious? There are multiple reasons and doubts for such a feeling to pervade among all those who matter in the corridors of power under the present dispensation. Probably it’s a strange situation the ruling party has come across wherein it needs to register victory at least in eight out of the 15 constituencies to retain a simple majority. The interesting noteworthy feature and paradoxical turn of circumstances this time around is that the ruling BJP must first win over its own party cadres and leaders much before it

Karnataka disqualified MLAs' heave a sigh of relief following SC verdict

A ll the disqualified 14 Indian National Congress(INC) and three Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) Members of Karnataka Assembly today heaved a sigh of relief following the apex court's orders of permitting them to contest the 05 December bye-elections. The Supreme Court's verdict upholding the former state Assembly Speaker's ruling of disqualifying them from the membership of the state Assembly has come as a blessing in disguise to all the 17 legislators. Although the highest court of the country has minced no words in ratifying the decision of Speaker KR Rameshkumar, at the same time it has been gracious enough in allowing the disqualified legislators to recontest the bye-elections.By nullifying the ruling of the Speaker barring these 17 legislators to contest elections till the end of the tenure of the present Assembly, the apex court has given a rebirth to the political innings of these former MLAs'. Now that the desks have been cleared for their contest it's on

Karnataka: All eyes set on apex court’s judgement tomorrow

T he political fate of the 17 disqualified state Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs’) is set to be known tomorrow as the apex court is scheduled to pronounce its judgement over the subject. The proposed ruling of the Supreme Court is crucial not to the Indian National Congress (INC) and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) legislators alone but even to the BS Yediyurappa led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state. It may be recalled here that KR Rameshkumar, then Speaker of the state Assembly had disqualified, in all 14 Congress and three Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) MLAs’ on 29 July last, just one day before the crucial trial of strength of BS Yediyurappa led BJP government.By such an action of the former Speaker, the total strength of the state Assembly was reduced from 225(224 elected and one nominated member) to 207. Interestingly this is not the first time that the state is coming across such an instance. The same BS Yediyurappa led BJP government underwent a simi

Karnataka's 17 disqualified MLAs' on the crossroads now!

T hanks to Yesterday's announcement of bye-elections to the 15 out of the 17 Assembly constituencies in the state, all those former legislators who quit their memberships' to enable the saffron party to come to power are now literally on the crossroads! Their plea for quashing the state Assembly Speaker's ruling disqualifying them from their memberships and barring them to recontest before the end of the present Assembly's tenure till 2022 is pending before the apex court. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear their petition tomorrow after several adjournments. But the calendar of events for the bye-elections has been declared and as per the Speaker's ruling, they have no eligibility to contest the ensuing by-elections. 14 Indian National Congress(INC) and three Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) Members of Legislative Assembly who quit their positions have been undergoing a harrowing time ever since they resigned. All these legislators submitted their resignations

Karnataka Speaker disqualifies 11 INC and 3 JD-S MLAs'

KR Rameshkumar, Speaker of the state Assembly today disqualified 11 Indian National Congress(INC) and Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) members of the state Assembly with immediate effect while the disqualified legislators have described the ruling as lopsided and will contest the same in the court. The disqualified legislators are as follows: Indian National Congress(INC) 1.Prathapgouda Patil(Maski constituency in Raichur district) 2.BC Patil(Hirekerur in Haveri district) 3.Shivaram Hebbar(Yellapura in North Canara district) 4.ST Somasekhar(Yeshavantapura in Bengaluru Urban district) 5.Bhairathi A Basavaraj(KR Puram In Bengaluru Urban district) 6.Anandsingh(Vijayanagar in Ballari district) 7.R Roshan Baig(Shivajinagar in Bengaluru Urban district) 8.Muniratna(Rajarajeshwarinagar in Bengaluru Urban district) 9.Dr K Sudhakarreddy(Chikkaballapur in Chikkaballapur district) 10.MTB Nagaraj(Hoskote in Bengaluru Rural district) 11.Shrimanth Balasaheb Patil(Kagwad in Belagavi district). Janata Dal-

Karnataka political drama ends paving way for a BJP government

ImageSource: T he 14 months old HD Kumaraswamy led Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) and Indian National Congress(INC) coalition government, as expected lost its vote of confidence motion on the floor of the house this evening, paving way for a Bharatiya Janata Party-led new government. The vote of confidence motion moved by HD Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister received 99 votes while 105 votes were polled against the same. 20 MLAs' belonging to the ruling JDS-INC combine, including stayed away from the proceedings while KR Rameshkumar, speaker opted not to vote. 103 is the magical number required in the present circumstances and the present alliance struggled to muster a strength of only 99. It may be recollected here that although the Monsoon session of the state Assembly commenced from 12 July, the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party insisted on a floor test on the pretext that the ruling combine had lost the majority.Initially, HD Kumaraswamy had claimed of se

Karnataka: Day 1 over without discussion or polling on confidence motion

T he state Assembly was today adjourned amidst noisy scenes, angry exchanges between the ruling and opposition party members culminating into a Dharana by the ruling side thus paving way for a night-long protest by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party in the house. In the process, the purpose for which the lower house had reassembled, a discussion and polling on the crucial vote of confidence motion became a casualty as the proposed debate never got initiated. Thanks to HD Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, former chief minister and Congress legislature party leader and their clever ploy and strategy. The disruption of the proceedings, in spite of the Speaker allowing the leader of the house to move the motion on a vote of confidence, got derailed in such a way that the discussion never took off! The lower house was scheduled to meet today with the sole intention of taking up the vote of confidence in the Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S)-Indian National Congress(INC) coalition gov

Karnataka: SC order shatters alliance government

 T oday's interim judgement of the three members divisional bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, directing the Karnataka Assembly Speaker to act upon the resignation letters submitted by the 15 dissident Janata Dal-Secular and Indian National Congress(INC) MLAs' within a timeframe has come out as a big blow to the coalition government while providing relief to the disgruntled legislators. The apex court has also ruled out that the resignations of the 15 MLAs' have to be taken into cognisance by the speaker in accordance with the provisions of section 190 of the constitution but however, has refused to insist on a specific timeframe. There were celebration moods and a big sigh of relief amidst the dissident legislators' presently confining themselves within the Mumbai luxury hotel. A video has been released on behalf of all the 15 dissident MLAs', welcoming the apex court's judgement.At the same time, they have also told in clear terms that none of them

Karnataka: God under 'undue' pressure for power politics

T hanks to the present power politics and crisis prevailing in the state, the omnipotent and all-pervasive almighty appears to be under duress and undue pressure from all those crossing swords only to somehow manage to grab power, hook or crook! The outcome of the general elections of May 2018 to the state Assembly threw a fractured verdict with no clear cut majority to either of the three major players, Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP), Indian National Congress(INC) and the Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S).But prior to these public polls and also during them and much before the declaration of results, many ardent political devotees literally started making a bee-line to all possible pilgrimage centres within the state and also in the neighbouring ones.A new word 'temple-run' was also coined by the regional broadcast media to do justice to the newfound activity in an unheard manner. HD Devegowda, the former prime minister and his family members performed 'Atirudra Mahayaaga'

Karnataka: Crucial floor test now scheduled for Thursday

T he floor test to decide fate of the HD Kumaraswamy led Janata Dal-Secular and Indian National Congress(INC) alliance government is now scheduled on coming Thursday, 18 July and all the stakeholders, including the JDS-INC and Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) have consented to the Assembly Speaker's suggestion in this connection. ImageSource: In fact, the date was ultimately resolved by the concerned parties after a prolonged round of discussions by the speaker KR Rameshkumar. As per the earlier schedule, the lower house was supposed to meet for the day at 12.30 pm. but it took it almost took two hours for it to assemble. BS Yeddyurappa, leader of opposition in the Assembly was initially insisting to consider his no-confidence motion for discussion today itself. However, HD Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister prevailed upon the former to agree for Thursday as the petitions of 15 MLAs' is scheduled to come for hearing tomorrow.After much dilly-dallying b

Karnataka: JDS-INC jubilant while 'Reverse Operation' haunts BJP

 13 July being a second Saturday was a state government holiday across the state and all government offices and establishments remained closed. But for the lawmakers, it continued to remain a hectic day as the ruling Janata Dal-Secular(JD-S) and Indian National Congress(INC) evinced enough enthusiasm of winning the vote of confidence while the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is facing a threat of 'Reverse Operation'. MTB Nagaraj, Hoskote Congress MLA who had resigned to his membership of the state legislature just a couple of days back along with Dr K Sudhakar, Chikkaballapur Congress MLA did a U-turn today by resolving to withdraw his resignation. This change of heart in him was preceded by more than six hours of parleys he had with DK Shivakumar, Major Irrigation Minister and Dr G Parameshwar, Deputy Chief Minister and Siddaramaiah, former chief minister and leader of the Congress legislature party.He was also persuaded by HD Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister over the phone an

Karnataka Speaker receives resignations but buys time to decide KR Rameshkumar, Speaker of the state Assembly today adhered to the directions of the Supreme Court by receiving the resignations of the dissident MLAs' belonging to both, Indian National Congress(INC) and Janata Dal-Secular(JDS) ruling parties. However he parried queries over any time frame for either accepting or rejecting the same thus giving a go ahead to the prevailing piquant political situation. Now it looks that the sword of acting against all the disgruntled legislators are more bright with the weapon like disqualification as all the rebel legislators have returned back to Mumbai while the Monsoon session is set to begin from tomorrow. The finance bill is being presented tomorrow on the very maiden day of the session and whips have been issued by both the ruling parties to the members to be present in the house without fail and failure to do so is enough to act to disqualify such erring members.On the other hand all the disgruntled Me