The 10 day ‘dog and the bone’ game between the Congress-JD(s) and BJP comes to an end with HD Kumaraswamy’s win of the trust votes in the Karnataka Soudha (Assembly). The result came out as expected with 78 MLA’s from Congress and 38+ from JD(s) in the strength of 222 members. But the meet rather came to an unusual and dramatic end as BJP members walked out of the Karnataka Assembly even before the floor test concluded and while the Chief Minister was still speaking. On one hand CM Kumaraswamy made promises of correcting his wrongdoing in the past in his speech where he said “I am guilty of taking political decisions that have pained my father” quoted THE HINDU. On the other hand the opposition leader and the two days’ CM B.S Yeddyurappa warned Congress and the state in the strong words of the JD(s)’s history of betrayal. Yeddyurappa has also warned Kumaraswamy of a state wide protest if the waiver of farm loans is not done in the next 24 hours.
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This year’s Karnataka Assembly election was nothing less than a India-Pakistan match or a CSK-RCB cricket match. Firstly, the brilliant performances at blame-games during the campaigning. Later a surprise gift of post-election-alliance from Congress with JD(S) that was followed by the Dog and the bone game for CM’s throne between the Congress-JD(S) and BJP. And last but not the least, the hide and seek of the MLA’s. Yes, according to reports, the congress in the fear of their MLA’s being poached by the BJP had arranged a safe stay for their MLA’s together in various locations till the time, their alliance government is not formed.
The Indian Express had reported that once Kumaraswamy clears the floor test the MLA’s will return to their respective constituencies and get back to work as soon as possible. The only procedure that ended well can be said to be the elections of the speaker of the house. According to the live updates report by THE HINDU, elections for the speaker of the house were rather surprising and more than overwhelming as Suresh Kumar of BJP withdrew his nomination today and Mr. Ramesh Kumar of Congress was elected unopposed.
THE HINDU quoted Suresh Kumar’s words of respect towards Mr. Ramesh Kumar saying, “Most of us are the products of the 94-99 periods. There was a formidable opposition during that period and you handled it well. We are glad that you have been elected unopposed. Let the discussion improve, like they did during 1994-99.” Even though the dark clouds of protests and agitations loom-over the state of Karnataka, we hope for the government to pave it’s path to discussions and negotiations with the focus of the welfare of the state.