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B.S. Yeddyurappa resigns as Karnataka chief minister ahead of floor test (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

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

Governor’s use of discretion (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

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

Arbitrary, capricious: on the Karnataka Governor’s decision (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

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

Why Citizenship Bill disturbs Assam (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

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

Alien versus alien: On Assam Citizenship Bill (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

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

Domestic Violence Act for divorced women too: Supreme Court (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

Applicability of the act The Domestic Violence Act — meant to punish men who abuse women in a relationship — extends to all man-woman relationships, and also protects divorced women from their former husbands, the Supreme Court has upheld. A three-judge Bench of Supreme Court confirmed a Rajasthan High Court ruling of 2013 that the … Continued

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