Political parties, analysts and observers have set their eyes on the Karnataka developments for the past 24 hours. The nail-biting tension is set to end when Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa takes the floor test at 4 pm today in Assembly.
The BJP, which had won just 104 seats in the 222 member House (election to two seats was postponed to May 28), is leaving no stone unturned to retain the power despite the party falling short of the magic figure of 113. The BJP claims the support of at least a dozen Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs, who are not happy with the alliance and are not prepared for polls again.
The BJP is violating every rule to form the government. Violating rule is nothing new for the BJP, particularly under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah. It had done in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya, where the party formed its government despite not having the numbers. Though the Congress has the majority in these States, the BJP had gone against the rules with the help of the Governors there and formed the governments. It is now happening in Karnataka.
Besides inviting the BJP to form the government though not having the required numbers, the BJP, using the office of the Governor, had violated yet another Parliamentary practice of appointing the senior most member of the newly-elected legislators as the pro-tem speaker. The pro-tem speaker convenes the House, administers the oath to the new members and conducts the election of the new Speaker. In Karnataka case, the pro-tem speaker is expected to give a chance to the Chief Minister to prove his majority on the floor of the house. As the floor test for Yeddyurappa is crucial now, the BJP had made its Governor to nominate the BJP MLA-elect K G Bopaiah to ensure smooth victory for the party though he is not the senior. Congress MLA-elect, R V Deshpande, is the senior most member of the House and was expected to be made the pro-tem speaker as per the Parliamentary practice in the country. The BJP had ignored this too just to capture power and have the Karnataka state in its account.
Narendra Modi had promised so much – to free the people from the corrupt Congress, restore democratic practices, provide corruption-free administration, bring down prices, unearth black money, and many more. But, he is now proving himself even worse than the Congress. People are beginning to feel that the Congress is far better than the BJP.