15 January, 2021

Ring A Ring O’ Posers

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa gets another lifeline. But till when?

Narendra Bisht
Ring A Ring O’ Posers

It was a pyrrhic second trust vote victory for Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa on October 14. And it’s not just because of the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over him until the Karnataka HC decides on the disqualification of the 11 rebel BJP MLAs and five independents but also because too much fluidity has been introduced into the state’s political system over the last fortnight. But, for the moment, 106 MLAs have voted with the government while the Opposition could muster the support of only 100 legislators.

Assuming the court upholds the decision of the assembly speaker to disqualify the BJP rebels and permits just the independents in, the saffron government will be on a razor-thin majority of one vote (going by the division of votes on October 14). Even if all 16 are disqualified, Yediyurappa will still be on shaky terrain given the mood within his party and the shadow of rebellion bubbling just below the surface. 

There is also an outside chance that the court rules in favour of the BJP rebels,...



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