Glimpse into the ‘Karnataka Natak’

After days of high-octane drama over the Karnataka election saga, the resignation by two-day CM, BS Yeddyurappa took away the saffron hue from southern India, eventually making BJP loose a sense of comfort. For now, it is the Congress-JD(S) alliance that has turned victorious and is all set to form the government in the crucial state of Karnataka with HD Kumaraswamy being the CM candidate.

MULTIPLE QUESTIONS RAISED 

The ‘Natak in Karnataka’ which started the very same day when the election results got declared, ended up raising multiple questions over the sanctity of governor’s position and the entire process of forming a government itself.   Not only were there charges of money laundering against the two parties- Congress and BJP but there also was a blot on the integrity of ministers.

Honorable Governor’s credibility under scanner– Karnataka Governor, who was being termed as a ‘Modi Loyalist’ by many was also severely criticized for giving BJP  a timeline of 15 days to prove its mandate/majority on the floor of the house, despite Yeddyurappa having asked for just 7 days.

An unprecedented overnight hearing was held at the apex court after Congress approached the top court which refused to stay BJP leader B S Yeddyurppa’s swearing-in as Karnataka Chief Minister. The hearing which continued till the wee hours was a historic one in itself, posted the matter further for 10.30 am on Friday morning, saying that it would continue to peruse the letter which was considered to be crucial in deciding the matter. Later on friday, the Supreme Court reduced the deadline of proving majority to 24 hours which required an urgent appointment of protem speaker. By protocol, this decision making again fell on the shoulders of Karnataka Governor, Vajubhai Vala who appointed BJP MLA, Bopaiah as the protem speaker, giving way to more controversies. The opposition alleged him of not obeying convention, according to which the governor must appoint the seniormost MLA  (who in this case was VK Deshpande) as the protem speaker. With less than 24 hours remaining for the floor test, Congress-JD(S) again decided to move supreme court to oppose appointment. This time the top court decided to not hold an conduct an overnight hearing but ordered a live streaming of the floor test, keeping Bopaiah’s appointment as the protem speaker intact.

Question over Congress’s sudden faith in JD(S) as Rivals Stake Claim- Rahul Gandhi’s party ended up forming a post poll alliance with JD(S), a party which the Congress President, himself used to accuse of being B-Party to BJP.

Besides, former CM Siddaramaiah’s open hatred towards  Dewe Gowda’s family is also not unknown and was being seen as another major factor in not making the two parties align. However, with so many internal rifts still intact, what remains to be seen is if the alliance can offer a stable government, serving full term.

As the suspense around floor test settled  down, the anger towards the governor didn’t pacify. Various party spokespersons, even after the resignation of Yeddyurappa continued to question the integrity of Governor. Many like Shiv Sena Spokesperson Manisha Kayande and NCP President Sharad Pawar demanded his resignation. Meanwhile, Congress Leader Sanjay Nirupam broke all boundaries of respect and gave a disrespectful analogy, equating Governor’s ‘loyal’ behavior towards the BJP to the loyalty of a dog.

SCOPE FOR SUSPENSE AHEAD?

With HD Kumaraswamy all set to swear in on 23rd of May, the Congress-JD(S) alliance has been again given 15 days to prove their majority in the house. The question is- does this still leave any scope for JD(S) or Congress MLAs defecting to BJP?

Though chances cannot be ignored in the world of politics, experts are of the view that BJP is now concentrating on 2019. BJP Union Minister , Prakash Javadekar held a press conference after Yeddyurappa’s resignation, saying that the Karnataka result doesn’t signify their loss but Congress’s defeat since the number of seats under Congress’s kitty reduced to 78 from 122.

 

2019 PICTURE REDEFINED?

Currently, the saffron splash dominates the entire northern part of India except the state of Punjab. But the seemingly ‘United Opposition’ could be a cause of worry for the Mr. Narendra Modi led BJP. Multiple opposition leaders like RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, Communist Party of India leader D Raja, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, NCP President Sharad Pawar, DMK President MK Stalin, and RLD leader Ajit Singh are likely to give a nod to HD Kumaraswamy’s oath taking, Mamata Bnaerjee being the first one to confirm her attendance at the swearing-in ceremony.

To add to the trouble, senior congress leader Mlalikarjun Kharge has gone on record to suggest that the Congress party and other parties will continue to join hands and will stand united, making all possible efforts to sweep out BJP from the Centre in the 2019 elections.

As a law abiding and responsible citizen of this country, I still feel that the mandate of the people of Karnataka hasn’t suffered in these elections. The voters of the state still haven’t got what they wanted. With 104 seats in BJP’s name, the concept of post-poll alliance seems to be nothing more than a tool to usurp power, let alone catering to the demands of people or being stable enough to create an integrated ideology altogether. While some promising claims have been made by HD Kumaraswamy to lead a full term government, the sudden alliance of two rivals may prove to be a threat to the democracy of the country. These elections, however dramatic they were, will definitely will be a pivotal thread in shaping national political front for 2019.

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EC vs AAP: A big blow to AAP’s ‘Office of Credibility’?

For a party which started with a promise of literally ‘sweeping’ away corruption, 4 years down the line, its credibility stands questioned. This, being probably the last expectation in line of what the potentially strong, then debutant party must have anticipated during the time of its inception.

It all started with the recent revival of the petition filed by Prakash Patel around 3 years ago. While Patel’s petition moved at a glacial pace initially, owing to multiple RTI applications and follow ups, it was just recently that the Election Commission took cognisance of the petition.  Why the delay? The fact that the next Delhi Assembly Elections are slated for contest next year is being seen as a probable reason behind the sudden uproar.

INTERNAL AAP RIFT INFLAMES EXTERNAL SPARK?

The trouble-shoot game for the Aam Aadmi Party started soon after former AAP leader, Kapil Mishra came out in the open against the AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal in May 2017 itself. There was no stopping of fissures for the Aam Aadmi Party eversince. Next in line came the internal rift within the party post AAP’s Rajya Sabha Nominations. Kumar Vishwas, one of the closest aides of AAP Chief, Arwind Kejriwal and also one of the main founders of the Party openly expressed his disappointment and discontent with the party chief after he failed to make it to the Rajya Sabha. Even now, the Aam Aadmi Party appears all split over the Upper House berths.

While the party clearly stands disunited, it is the opposition which has a lot to discredit the AAP for, making the party a soft target for many against those who still wish to trust the common man’s party. If one is to ponder in the backdrop of the corruption charges laid by Kapil Mishra against Arvind Kejriwal and Co., the ‘Office of Profit’ case doesn’t seem like a  false theory, making the party’s internal factions validate and account for its reputation being at stake.

VICTIM CARD TO TRIGGER PUBLIC SYMPATHY?

One of the most pertinent questions around the controversy, however, is- ‘Why did EC end up targeting AAP when BJP and Congress have had a similar past as well?’ This very question in itself is an indirect factor which would trigger public sympathy in favour of the Aam Aadmi Party. In fact, this may work wonders for the party whose credibility has been under the questioning lens over the past few weeks with the latest charges against the party chief. Kejriwal, who has been accused of selling Rajya Sabha seats quite recently could utilize this inferno as a political mileage. This crisis can possibly help Kejriwal to unify the party around him yet another time. If or if not the argument stands true, the Delhi chief minister will now get an opportunity to play the victim and the party cadre and volunteers will be expected to rally around his leadership, thereby garnishing support from voters which would make AAP recover its lost ground.

BLAME GAME NOT ENOUGH

Keeping the political plank aside, there now lies a dire urgency to redefine or rather expand the definition of ‘power’ in the ‘Office of Power’. With multiple instances of blame game and no concrete conclusion in the past, we must move towards inclusion of ‘power and influence’ within the purpose of creating such offices or instead, removing the provision as it fails to achieve the goal of legislative independence.

The big question here, therefore is if and can the poll panel apply a selective law under the dependence of the existing political equations? As not many would withhold themselves from openly acknowledging, this debate is way beyond than just any other random debate about the corruption free promising AAP’s credibility or Office to Profit Case, it is about the principle of impartiality which the common voter of this country expects the vanguard of our democracy to function with. It just doesn’t end at EC vs AAP.

(Feature image courtesy: YouTube)

From Yogi’s Meals to Indira’s Kitchen: How necessary is politics on food?

In April, earlier this year, the Uttar Pradesh government introduced a scheme to provide subsidised nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner is made available to the economically weak people in the state. The scheme had provisions to give breakfast for ₹3 and lunch for as little as ₹5.  The BJP-ruled state planned to emulate the scheme in the form of more than 200 subsidised meal canteens across the state.

Karnataka chosen by Congress- Election optics in mind?

Where on one hand, BJP introduced subsidised meals in a state where they recently won in elections, Congress, on the other hand chose Karnataka amongst the other more prominently hunger-ridden places in the country. This move by Congress has upped the ante in the entire poverty-food debate as Karnataka could prove to be a pivotal game changer in shaping party’s current status in national politics.

An App to Access Food Menu- Congress expects BPL to possess phones? 

Economists have clearly labelled this move as a politically motivated one rather than a poverty-alleviating project. The fact that Congress has come up with an app to provide the menu card of subsidised meals to the poor is a rhetoric in itself.  The question here is about how many poor would have a smartphone? And if at all they do, isn’t the government missing on the larger chunk of poverty ridden?

(Source: Indian Express, Hindustan Times) 
2 Errors in One Sentence- RaGa Reveals the Intent! 

To make the situation even trickier for Congress, its VP, Rahul Gandhi accidentally revealed the idea behind the sudden introduction of Indira Canteens in Bengaluru. At a rally in Bengaluru about 2 months ago, RaGa made 2 errors in one sentence.

One being, “All the cities in Bengaluru…” and the other one as well as the definitely more revealing one being., “…..That is the vision of the Amma…. umm.. Indira Canteens!“.

Citizen’s concerns- Canteens Encroached park area?

Like all the other public eatery stations, this one as well, has been swaying away from adhering to the cleanliness standards on the Bengaluru roads. The RWA of Jayanagar not only protested on the felling of trees to host a canteen but another locality residents who are unhappy with the fact that the canteen ward for their area has encroached upon the park premises as the ward is situated within the park itself. There are issues of improper disposal as well, but more than this, it is the unnecessary and unjustified politics over food which has become the question of the hour. In a country where there are plenty of hunger ridden states such as Bihar, Jharkhand, what Congress chose was Karnataka- just because it is this state which conducts elections next.

God Bless Indians (us).

 

 

 

 

Now, a ‘Mango’ named after this famous Politician!

India is one of the largest exporters of Mango in the world. The production of the ‘King of Fruits’ is about 15.03 million tons annually as India contributes to 40.48% of the total global production of the fruit. Uttar Pradesh, the largest state of our country is also one of the principal producers of Mango and it is none other than the newly elected Chief Minister of this state, Adityanath Yogi who has got a variety of Mango named after him.

AFTER SACHIN, AISHWARYA AND PM, IT IS YOGI JI! 

As the temperatures are soaring high in our tropical country, the sellers are coming up with deliberate marketing strategies. This particular mango seller in Lucknow, however, has adopted a rather amusing and bold marketing technique as he names one of his mango species after the Chief Minister of his state, Adityanath Yogi. It is not the first time when this particular seller has named a Mango after a renowned personality. Earlier, it was Sachin Tendulkar, Aishwarya Rai, Honourable PM Modi and now it is the much talked about UP CM. He has created a ‘Yogi mango’ in one of his orchards. This step can also be considered as a desperate marketing strategy since the people across India now look forward to purchasing and relishing the much demanded fruit.

FROM ‘YOGI HAIRCUT’ TO ‘YOGI MANGO’ 

The UP CM has been in light since the inception of his post whether it is for the controversial Beef ban, his stand against Triple Talaq and so on. Also, in April this year, just a few weeks after his swearing in, the much popular UP CM also had a haircut named after hi. It was a school in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh again, which made it compulsory for all the boys to trim their hair short like Aditynath and termed it as ‘Yogi Haircut‘.  There were also protests around the school as some parents also wanted the students to not eat non – vegetarian food in the premises.

Though these ideas by the people of UP may sound funny at first, they however, show the wide spectrum of popularity of the UP CM Yogi Adityanath after BJP swept off the state assembly elections in UP. Hence, the ‘Yogi effect’ seems to be quite evident- from ‘Mangoes’ to ‘Haircuts’ and more as the ‘King of fruits’ gets named after the current ‘King of UP’. Creativity at its amusing best!