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News for the month of June 2008.

BJP forms Karnataka Government, finally!


Sonia Gandhi, the president of the Indian National Congress (INC) is a very sad
lady now, because she has lost the state of Karnataka in the Assembly Elections
held in May 2008. Sonia Gandhi had many plans for poor and the minorities in the
state of Karnataka, and also for the Dalits, the down-trodden, Aam Aadmi, but most
of these sections of the about 5 crores of the electorates voted against INC.
The newspapers in their editorials harp on the fact that the vote share of the INC or
Congress is higher than that of BJP. This is a deliberate attempt to mislead the
readers and the citizens.
The percentage of vote share they are talking of is on the basis of total registered
voters in the state and not the total population. Everyone is aware of the fact that
not all people have their names in the voter lists.
Secondly, from among the voters list only about 65% have exercised their franchise
indicating that those who did not turn up at the hustings are not voting for any party
and therefore they are not voting for either Congress or BJP, nor JD(S), the third
party in the state.
How can one calculate the voters preference on the basis of the total registered
voters?
Let us take an example of what happened in a hypothetical constituency,  
Adyargopalnagar.  In Adyargopalnagar  the total electorate is 1,00,000 and 45%
chose not to come to the booths to vote. 65,000 voters voted for 6 candidates of
which the votes were cast as per details given below:
BJP candidate 22,000, Congress candidate 19,000, JD(S) candidate 13,000, SP
candidate 6,000, BSP candidate 3,000, and an Independent candidate 2,000. The
BJP candidate was declared elected although 78% of the registered voters either
voted against him, or voted in preference to other parties or candidates, or
refrained from exercising their right to vote. Still in a democracy like India the
process of voting is on a multi-party, multi-choice method. This method is not at all
coercive or imposing. Everyone is free to pick their choice as they wish. It is most
fair to have it this way.
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News for the month of May 2011

THE MORAL OBLIGATION TO RESIGN
By Mohan Shenoy

Who is morally obliged to resign a position of authority in a democracy?
There has been demands from various quarters that the Speaker of the Legislative
Assembly of the state of Karnaataka should resign from his position of an authority
since the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India has allegedly placed a stricture regarding
his actions just ahead of the Trust vote in October 2010.
    There is also a demand for the Governor of Karnaataka to resign from his post
since he is allegedly engaged in party activities on behalf of his parent party, the
Congress. The Governor requested the President of India to impose President's
rule in Karnaataka in October 2010 after the first Trust vote because the Trust vote
was not in order, according to the media reports. Again the Governor sent a special
report to the President in May 2011 following the Supreme Court verdict re-instating
the 16 disqualified MLAs. This time the Governor claimed, according to the media
reports, that the BJP government has lost the moral right to continue to be in office
because the second Trust vote taken in October 2010 winning which the BJP
government in Karnaataka continued to remain in office was now invalid since the
16 MLAs whose disqualification was to be reverted and it is to be assumed that they
would have defied the Whip and voted against the government.
    But this argument also did not convince the President of India to impose the
President's rule in Karnaataka as requested by the Governor, according the media
reports.
    Now considering that both the Speaker and the Governor have been regarded
as at fault by one or other quarters, the question arises if they are both equally
guilty? The Speaker was criticized only once by the Supreme Court, but the
Governor has been ignored twice by the Central government and the President.
The Governor should resign.
Bangalore or Bengaluru is the name given to a large metropolis in
the state of Karnataka, in the Indian Union.
            Bengaluru is also the capital of Karnataka state and the
population of this city is around 6 million but for a authentic figure
one should wait for the census of 2011 to be completed.
            Like all major cities, Bengaluru also is entitled to be ruled by
elected representatives from the population. The elected body is
called the Corporation of Brihath Bengaluru Mahaanagar Palike
(BBMP). (Greater Bangalore Metropolitan Council.)
            About three years ago the state government expanded the
land area of Bangalore city and called it Greater Bangalore. The
council of the older Bangalore was dissolved and a new corporation
council was proposed. The elections to the corporators' posts are
held on 28th March 2010.
            The results gave a massive preference for the Bharathiya
Janata Party. The council will meet and decide on the Mayor and
other office bearers. The mandate for the new council is obvious.
The developmental work done during the past year or two is
encouraging.

Concluded.
28th March 2010.
Bharathiya Janata Party wins
majority in Greater
Bangalore Metropolitan
Council 2010.
By Mohan Shenoy