Yeddyurappa resigns Karnataka chief minister B.S.Yeddyurappa resigned without moving the Supreme Court mandated trust vote in the floor of state Assembly (to prove his majority) from his post barely two and a half days after he was sworn in, beating his own personal record of seven days in 2007. His conceding of defeat coming as … Continued
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The principle of the Governor’s “discretion” has been invoked to defend Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite B S Yeddyurappa, leader of the BJP legislature party, to form the government in Karnataka. By not staying the swearing-in on Thursday, the Supreme Court has tacitly acknowledged this discretion. What exactly does discretion mean in legal-constitutional situations such … Continued
Karnataka Governor favouring BJP : Ignoring claims of H.D. Kumaraswamy In summarily ignoring the claim of H.D. Kumaraswamy, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala abandoned both propriety and common sense, acting in a politically partisan manner unbecoming of his office. Mr. Kumaraswamy was elected leader of the Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party and, with the declared support … Continued
What is the SCO? The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a multi-government organisation that was formed in 2001 as an expression of greater coordination among the major powers in the Eurasian region. The organisation was launched by China, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, reflecting a growing awareness among these countries to come to terms … Continued
Governor favours Yeddyurappa In late-night drama, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala invited former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to form the government on the basis of his election as Leader of the BJP Legislature Party. Mr. Yeddyurappa will take oath — for the third time — as the 29th Chief Minister of Karnataka. He has been asked … Continued
Now that the Karnataka election is over, the Centre has finally mustered the courage to submit a draft scheme in the Supreme Court to implement the final decision on apportioning the Cauvery waters among the riparian States. Details of draft submitted to Supreme Court The draft, which gives no name for the authority it proposes … Continued
The situation in Karnataka pits the claim of the single largest minority against a post-poll combination equipped with a clear majority. Governor Vajubhai Vala has the discretion to invite any leader to form the government. But he must make a choice keeping in mind the leader’s ability to prove his majority on the floor of … Continued
Since last week, Assam has witnessed protests over an amendment to the Centre’s Citizenship Act 1955 that proposes to make minority (non-Muslim) immigrants from three neighboring countries eligible for Indian citizenship. This has underlined a geographical divide, with the Bill facing protests in Assamese-dominated Brahmaputra valley while being welcomed in Bengali-dominated Barak Valley, Assam’s southern … Continued
What it means? The embassy inauguration followed Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. International consensus has been that the city’s status must be negotiated between the two sides, but Trump broke with that to global outrage. He has argued that it helps make peace possible by taking Jerusalem “off the table”, but … Continued
Controversial provisions of the bill Parties and civil society groups have argued that the Bill provides legitimacy to Hindus who have migrated from Bangladesh post-1971.It precludes individuals from six religious minorities from three “Muslim-dominant countries” (Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan) from being defined as “illegal immigrants” under the Foreigners Act, 1946. Rationale of the bill The … Continued