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The Constitution will prevail in Karnataka. The BJP’s Constitution

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It is secularist trash that 104 is less than 117. If only they could appreciate Vedic mathematics.

The governor issued an invite to Yeddyurappa and, of course, this had nothing to do with the fact that His Excellency Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, belonging to the state that rules India, has been an aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. That’s just a coincidence.

What do you mean the governor acted unfairly? Of course, he acted fairly in service of the party he belongs to. Whoever gave you the idea the governor has to be fair to the opposition parties? That’s just textbook civics. The Constitution is what the Congress used to do. 

When all Congress and JD(S) MLAs submitted their signatures in favour of H.D. Kumaraswamy, the Karnataka governor said he would act as per the Constitution. He did not clarify if he meant the BJP Constitution or the Indian Constitution. It is secularist trash that 104 is less than 117. If only they could appreciate Vedic mathematics. This is a start.

Oh, and what makes you think 9 pm is the wrong time to issue an invite to B.S. Yeddyurappa to form government? This only shows the governor is hard-working, studying the Constitution and Supreme Court judgments vigorously. It takes time to consult eminent Constitutional experts such as party president Amit Shah.

The late evening invite had nothing to do with preventing the JD(S) and the Congress from going to court. And why should the swearing in ceremony not have been scheduled for 9:30 am? Early to bed and early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy and wise. In fact, 9:30 am is rather late. Auspicious things like the swearing-in of a minority government should take place at sunrise, just like RSS shakhas. 

The Supreme Court decides to do an all-night hearing? Told you so. The Supreme Court is so impartial and fair. Why do you want to impeach the chief justice?

Former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi appears for BJP MLAs in the midnight hearing and can’t even name his clients. He is sure that B.S. Yeddyurappa is not one of them. Rohatgi argues the heavens won’t fall if Mr Yeddyurappa, who was not his client, was sworn in.

Two days later, Yeddyurappa takes Rohatgi’s services. 

Attorney general K.K. Venugopal also argued in the midnight hearing that the anti-defection law would come into force only after the MLAs have been sworn in. What that actually means is that the anti-defection law does not apply to the BJP. Why should the BJP have to care about a law passed by a Congress government of yore? Since when did defection and poaching become so bad? Can they be worse than letting a majority coalition come to power?

Your lordships don’t know the full list of MLAs the BJP has, the attorney general argued. Neither did B.S. Yeddyurappa, to tell you a secret. He was still mopping them up. The full might of the central government and the Karnataka governor’s office was busy in converting 104 to 112.

Why should B.S. Yeddyurappa not be able to nominate an Anglo-Indian MLA? Is that a subversion of democracy and Constitution? Those who talk about minorities don’t seem to respect the rights of Anglo-Indians. 

Why should the government have allowed Congress and JD(S) MLAs to have been flown out to communist Kerala in chartered flights? Don’t the Congress and JD(S) MLAs have human rights? Don’t they have the right to be allowed to negotiate their rates with the BJP in peace? Why should they even get police security? How will the BJP’s emissaries walk in and ring the bell. 

How can the Congress which nationalised Air India be allowed to take chartered flights anyway? 

The governor appoints a pro-tem speaker. The MLA who gets to be pro-tem speaker to preside over the floor test should be the one with the longest experience in the house. That is the convention. The governor acted in keeping with this convention and appointed not the MLA with the longest time spent in the assembly, because what do MLAs do in the assembly anyway? That he happened to be from the Congress is irrelevant here. 

The governor appointed a BJP MLA as pro-tem speaker because he has prior experience of sitting in the speaker’s chair and helping the BJP get a majority. All he has to do is look the other way when some Congress and JD(S) speakers abstain from voting.

Can’t some Congress and JD(S) MLAs fall ill just tomorrow? No BJP MLA will fall ill because they regularly do yoga. This is a lesson for opposition parties who don’t show their enthusiasm on International Yoga Day. 

The Supreme Court said B.S. Yeddyurappa can’t have 15 days to prove majority. He has to do it on Saturday itself. That gave him a full 48 hours to appeal to the conscience of Congress and JD(S) MLAs. 

Mukul Rohatgi argued in court that MLAs need 15 days to come to the house, use their minds without fear to vote in favour of B.S. Yeddyurappa. But the Supreme Court says 48 hours is enough. Now let’s hope for the best and see how the BJP prevails over the spirit of democracy and Constitution. Bharat Mata ki jai. 

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