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Mudda discusses the complex political situation after assembly poll results and who has the best chance to form government in the state

The Karnataka Assembly election results have triggered high voltage political activities in the state. BJP, having 104 seats, is the largest party while Congress, with 78 and JD-S having 37 seats jointly has arithmetic in their favor. Congress has extended its support to JD-S to form the government.

There are reports of Congress and JD-S trying to keep their legislators together. Arrangements are being made to keep them together in some resort hotels so that BJP does not succeed in luring them away. There are reports that five Congress MLAs and two JD-S MLAs were untraceable.

In such a fragile situation, the governor of the state has to play an important role within the constitution as to which party or the group of parties should be invited to form the government. Congress leaders have been reiterating the example of Manipur and Goa when largest party (Congress) was not given chance to form the government.  Instead, the second largest party, BJP, was invited to form the government.

The Karnataka post election scenario was discussed during APN’s landmark afternoon debate show called Mudda.  Prominent panellists included Raju Waghmare, spokesman for Congress, Harish Khurana, spokesman of BJP, Haseeb Siddiqui, a senior journalist and Govind Pant Raju, Consulting editor at APN. Himnshu Dikshit anchored the show.

Raju Waghmare, the Congress spokesman, was quite aggressive throughout the  show. He alleged that BJP does not respect the constitution and they can do anything to grab the power. He said that constitution allows post election coalition and Congress has been acting according to the law of the land. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP have been trying to drag the country into dictatorial regime. He expressed his surprise as to who impart training of speaking lie to the BJP leaders, who perform well in misleading the country.

BJP spokesman Harish Khurana, while responding to the allegations of horse trading said that his party has not offered money to buy support in the hung assembly as it does not encourage horse trading. He said that BJP is the largest party while 60% of Congress legislators and 70% of their ministers have lost their elections.

The BJP spokesman asserted that his party is the largest party in the assembly and we will definitely form our government in the state.

Govind Pant Raju and Haseeb Siddiqui, both shared the opinion that Governor has to use his discretion of choosing to invite any political party or the group of parties to form the government. However, Raju said that if Congress is unable to assert its constitutional right and chose to approach the judiciary would be within law of the land. However, warning of a bloodbath is not a reasonable reaction, he added.

~Compiled by MA Kazmi

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