Politics

Karnataka Elections: Mandate and Morality

After a week of brazen political machinations and deft legal counter-ploys, HD Kumaraswamy of Janata Dal (Secular) was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka and subsequently won the vote of confidence in the Legislative Assembly on May 25. The trust vote hopefully ends the political uncertainty that prevailed over Karnataka, at least for a year, and we can now focus on the more difficult task of governance. However, what has transpired in Karnataka since the announcement of the election results raises perturbing questions on government formation that merits a closer analysis.

Sterlite row: Land allotted for Vedanta company cancelled

A day after issuing a Government Order (GO) permanently closing down and sealing the Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant at Tuticorin, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday cancelled the allotment of 342.22 acres of land to Vedanta Limited, which owns the plant.

In a letter to M/s Vedanta Limited, the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (SIPCOT) said that there have been a series of agitations and protest against the establishment of Copper Smelter Plant Phase-II, expressing concerns about the pollution caused by the existing plant of the Vedanta Limited.

Stings like a Cobra

Operation 136 shows Indian media’s underbelly in its most visceral form, where even the ‘big daddies’ do not mind agreeing to undertake a campaign that has the potential to not only cause communal disharmony among citizens but also tilt the electoral outcome in favour of a particular party.

‘Despite Karnataka loss, BJP gained public sympathy’

Known for his expertise in psephology, the BJP leader noted that the sympathy factor would help the BJP immensely in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Mounting a counter offensive on the Congress-JD(S) combine, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao, who was recently elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, said on Wednesday that the Karnataka Assembly election verdict was not against Bharatiya Janata Party.

BJP holds national office bearers meeting

The meeting will discuss organisational and political issues, preparations for the party for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and Assembly Elections that are slated to take place in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan by the end of this year

Two days after the completion of voting in the Karnataka Assembly Elections, a meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national office bearers and state presidents began on Monday. Organisational and political issues, along with preparations for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections were discussed in the meeting.