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Why the Karnataka Governor must invite HD Kumaraswamy to be chief minister

Supreme Court judgments are clear: The governor must invite whoever appears to have a majority. Supreme Court judgments and precedents are very clear about what the Karnataka governor should do. His job is to evaluate who is more likely to have a majority: H.D. Kumaraswamy or B.S. Yeddyurappa? The governor doesn’t have to invite the single largest party to form the government. He has to invite whoever seems more likely to have a majority. The Congress and the JD(S) have unambiguously and publicly formed a post-poll coalition. Their numbers, added together, are past the majority mark. The governor should invite this coalition to form the government and prove on the floor of the house that they have a majority. The hypocrisy of the Congress and the BJP is a non-issue. Last year, when the governor of Goa ignored the fact that the Congress was the single largest party and instead invited the BJP to...

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