Now the fate of Karnataka poll outcome hangs in balance with all eyes on the Governor to call the single largest party to from the government. But if one sees the past precedents the single largest parties in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya were not invited to form government and if the same rule is followed in Karnataka what will be the fate of BJP? BJP govt appointed Governors didn’t invite single largest party in either Goa, 2017 (INC, 17 out of 40 seats), Manipur 2017 (INC 28 of 60) or Meghalaya 2018 (INC 21 out of 60). The precedence is there to follow. And political parties are now looking forward to “Same ‘rules’ as followed in Goa, Manipur and Bihar recently in government formations. The rule that ‘one person or situation should be treated the same way that another person or situation is treated’, should be made applicable honestly. Even senior BJP leader Arun Jaitely too has said that a majority coalition should be allowed to prove its claim to form a government in case of a fractured mandate. Under this rule JD(S)-Congress combine has passed the majority mark so they must be called to take the floor test. “In a hung assembly, if majority of the elected MLAs form a coalition, the government would be constitutionally right in inviting the leader of the majority coalition to form the government and prove their majority within a short period,” Jaitley had tweeted. When it comes to stability factor the S R Bommai (1994) and Rameshwar Prasad judgements of the apex court comes into mind, which clearly stated that the Governor was obliged to invite the party which can provide stable and sustainable government. In the present scenario, only the BJP was in a position to provide stable and sustainable governance and since BJP was emerging as a single largest party with a few short of majority, it is a clear indication that voters in Karnataka have opted for BJP. So now the ball is Governor’s court and one can foresee the emerging picture in Karnataka.
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