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Puducherry power tussle SC asks Centre to move Madras HC with plea


first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:22 IST Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Dr. Kiran BediThe Supreme Court on Friday refused to extend its order restraining the Puducherry government from implementing any cabinet decisions having financial implications and asked the Centre to move the Madras High Court with its plea on alleged power tussle between the chief minister and the Lieutenant Governor.The apex court, on June 4, had directed that “any decision in the Cabinet meeting to be convened on July 7 having financial implication/implications or with respect to any transfer of the lands shall not be implemented”.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose did not allow the plea of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the issue of alleged tussle over power between Lieutenant Governor and the chief minister was important and required a judicial decision in the light of the five-judge Constitution bench verdict in the Delhi-Centre power row matter.”We are not inclined to entertain this case. It would be open to the petitioner (Centre) to challenge the order of the single judge bench order (of the HC) in the division bench,” the bench said.The Puducherry government had earlier told the apex court that it has taken three cabinet decisions , distribution of free rice to all ration card holders in the Union Territory, renaming a department and auctioning of a sick factory.Out of these three decisions taken, free distribution of rice to all ration card holders can be allowed as the scheme has been running for the last ten years, it had said.The counsel for Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi had said that the scheme cannot be allowed as it will be a modification of an earlier order and has a huge financial implication.The top court had on June 4 directed the Puducherry government, led by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy who is at loggerheads with Kiran Bedi, not to implement any decision having financial implications, that may be taken at the Cabinet meeting of in the June 7.The application filed by the Centre and Kiran Bedi had sought a direction for restoring the situation prevailing before the April 30 Madras High Court verdict which held that the Lieutenant Governor “cannot interfere” in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government in the Union Territory.On May 10, the apex court had sought response from Congress MLA K Laksminarayanan, on whose petition the high court had delivered the April 30 verdict, on the pleas filed by the Centre and Kiran Bedi.On April 30, the Madras High Court had allowed a plea filed by Laksminarayanan and set aside the two communications issued in January and June 2017 by the Ministry of Home Affairs “elevating” the powers of the administrator.Referring to the Supreme Court judgement on the tussle between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, the high court had said that restrictions imposed on Delhi government are not applicable to the Puducherry government.”The administrator cannot interfere in the day-to-day affairs of the government. The decision taken by the Council of Ministers and the chief minister is binding on secretaries and other officials,” it had said.Laksminarayanan had claimed in his plea before the high court that the administrator was interfering in the day-to-day administration of the territorial government, its policies and programmes.ALSO READ | Lt Guv Bedi’s water crisis remarks echoes in Assembly, DMK demands her removalALSO WATCH | Rahul Gandhi is rallying point for Congress: Puducherry CM V NarayanasamyFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Kashyap Tags :Follow Puducherry GovernmentFollow Supreme CourtFollow High CourtFollow Kiran Bedi Puducherry power tussle: SC asks Centre to move Madras HC with pleaThe Madras High Court had recently held that Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi “cannot interfere” in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government there.advertisement Nextlast_img read more


Your complete QA guide to Karnataka crisis How it started who stands


first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 16:21 IST Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy (right) and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah (left). (Photo: PTI)It has been nearly a week since a political pandemonium struck Karnataka and threatened the survival of the HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government. The battle for Karnataka is being fought on three fronts — in Bengaluru, Mumbai and in the national capital New Delhi.On one hand Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy claims his house is in order and that his government faces no threat, while on the other, 16 MLAs from his own party and the Congress remain unmoved on their stand – no ghar wapasi (homecoming) to camp Congress-JD(S). To add to Kumaraswamy’s worries, the lone KJKP MLA and one Independent who were supporting his government too have withdrawn their support.WHAT IS THE SITUATION IN KARNATAKA?Simply put, the chaos in Karnataka is about power. Will the ones currently in power retain it or will someone else attain it, is the question that everyone is wondering aloud.The latest news from Karnataka is that 16 MLAs of the ruling parties (13 of Congress and three of JD (S)) have tendered their resignations as MLAs. If their resignations are accepted, the HD Kumaraswamy government’s majority in the state assembly will become questionable and the government will have to win a trust vote – a task which will not be easy in the prevailing circumstances.To make matters worse for the Congress-JD (S) government, KJKP MLA R Shankar, who was a minister, along with an Independent candidate have withdrawn support to the government. Thus the government’s tally in the state assembly will be reduced by 18 if the Speaker accepts all resignations.Hectic parlays are on within the Congress and JD (S) as its leaders try to survive this challenge. Meanwhile, the BJP too has upped the ante as it senses a chance of ousting the present government and form its own.The BJP has been claiming it has nothing to with the mass resignation in Congress and JD (S). It has however been mounting pressure on the Speaker for not accepting the resignations and has also been attacking the Congress after Congress leader DK Shivakumar tore resignation letters of some Congress MLAs inside the Speaker’s office.The Congress and JD (S) have alleged that the present crisis is the BJP’s brainchild.WHY DID THE MATTER REACH SUPREME COURT?On Tuesday, Speaker KR Ramesh examined the 11 resignations that were submitted to his office last Saturday. He confirmed that between Saturday and Tuesday, two more resignations had been submitted, taking the total number to 13.The Speaker said after examining the resignations, he found that eight of them were not in proper order. His office thus returned their resignations and asked the MLAs to send them in prescribed form if they still wanted to resign.For the remaining five MLAs whose resignations were found to be in order, the Speaker asked them to meet him in person to discuss their resignations.Speaker KR Ramesh also wrote to the Governor saying none of these MLAs met him.Unhappy with the Speaker’s decision, the rebel MLAs decided to move the Supreme Court to challenge his decision of rejecting their resignations.WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SUPREME COURT?While the battle for Karnataka is mainly being fought in state capital Bengaluru, the national capital too has become abuzz as the Karanataka crisis has reached the Supreme Court.The rebel JD (S)-Congress MLAs have moved the Supreme Court to challenge Speaker KR Ramesh’s decision where he rejected some resignations. Hearing the pleas, the Supreme Court on Friday said status quo should be maintained in Karnataka till Tuesday when it will hear the case again. The Supreme Court said the Speaker should not take any decision until Tuesday.So, at the moment the Congress-JD (S) government is in power in Karnataka. None of the 16 resignations are effective until Tuesday and the government has a majority.Will this status change on Tuesday? That is something that will be answered only on Tuesday.Meanwhile, on Thursday the Supreme Court asked the rebel MLAs to meet the Speaker and also said the Speaker must decide on the resignations by midnight. In response, the Speaker’s counsel pleaded the court that he would need more time to decide on the matter and that he cannot work at “lightning speed”.The counsel for the rebel MLAs have also demanded that the Speaker must face contempt action as he failed to comply with the Supreme Court’s order to decide on the MLAs’ resignations.BUT WHY IS MUMBAI INVOLVED?Good question. Mumbai ideally has nothing much to do with the power struggle in Karnataka.The only reason why the city has become one of the theatres of action in the battle for Karnataka is that the rebel MLAs are camping in a posh Mumbai hotel.After tendering their resignations on Saturday and meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala, the rebel MLAs reached Mumbai in a chartered flight. Since then they have been in Mumbai, reportedly to ensure that the Congress-JD (S) leaders are unable to “influence” and “intimidate” them.The chartered flight on which these MLAs flew to Mumbai is owned by a company related to BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.On Wednesday, Congress’s troubleshooter and state minister DK Shivakumar reached Mumbai in a special flight. He wanted to enter the hotel where the rebel MLAs are staying.Reason for his visit?Well, he said he is in Mumbai just to have coffee with his friends (the rebel MLAs). Not for politics.While Shivakumar said he flew from Bengaluru to Mumbai to have coffee with his “friends”, the visit’s unsaid purpose was clearly to try and convince the MLAs to withdraw their resignations.To placate and lure them, all Congress ministers in Karnataka have resigned so that the MLAs can be adequately accommodated.But this attempt seems to have failed.Apprehending Shivakumar’s visit, the rebel MLAs wrote to Mumbai Police and requested security cover saying they feel “threatened”. The MLAs requested Mumbai Police that DK Shivakumar should be prevented from entering their hotel and meet them. We don’t want to meet him, they said bluntly.When Shivakumar reached the hotel, police were in position to prevent his planned meeting.The hotel too cancelled his reservation citing emergency circumstances.WHAT IS THE GENESIS OF KARNATAKA’S POLITICAL DRAMA?For this, we need to travel back to 2018.In the 2018 Karnataka state assembly election, no party was able to attain majority on its own. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single-largest party with 105 MLAs in the 225-member assembly but fell short of the majority.During the campaign, the BJP, JD (S) and the Congress had fought and campaigned against each other. But following the election results, the Congress and JD (S) stitched a post-poll alliance and formed the government in Karnataka with HD Kumaraswamy of the JD (S) as chief minister.The BJP thus missed the chance to return to power in Karnataka by a whisker. In fact, even in 2018, the government in Karnataka was formed after much political drama and even saw a midnight hearing in the Supreme Court.The drama was such that BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa earned the not-so-good record of becoming the chief minister with the shortest term ever. After the assembly election results were announced, the Governor invited the BJP to form government on the ground that it is the single largest party.Yeddyurappa was sworn in but the Supreme Court made it clear that he can’t appoint any minister, nominate the lone Anglo-Indian nominated MLA nor take any decision before proving his majority on the floor of the state assembly.When the assembly met to vote, Yeddyurappa resigned even before the motion for trust vote was taken up. This was because the BJP had failed to secure the numbers needed to cross the majority mark.Since then, Karnataka has been ruled by a coalition government of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular). In the past one year, stability is one aspect that has remained conspicuously absent in the government in Karnataka. Controversies and instability have hampered the functioning of the HD Kumaraswamy government putting it always on the brink of a collapse.As for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it remains ever vigilant to pounce and grab the slightest opportunity to try form its government.ALSO READ | SC asks Speaker not to take decision on rebels resignation till TuesdayFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMukesh Rawat Tags :Follow Karnataka crisisFollow Congress JD(S)Follow HD KumaraswamyFollow congress Your complete Q&A guide to Karnataka crisis: How it started, who stands where, what next and moreKarnataka crisis: 16 MLAs from the Congress and JD(S) have resigned and remain unmoved on their stand that they won’t withdraw their resignations. This has threatened survival of the one-year-old HD Kumaraswamy govt.advertisementlast_img read more


3 exCongress MLAs likely to be inducted in Goa cabinet


first_img Press Trust of India Panaji (Goa)July 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 12:17 IST Accompanied by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, the breakaway group met BJP president Amit Shah and its working president J P Nadda in New Delhi. (Photo: ANI)Four Goa MLAs, including three Congress rebels who joined the ruling BJP a couple of days ago, would be inducted in the state cabinet on Saturday, sources said on Friday.Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday.Accompanied by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, the breakaway group met BJP president Amit Shah and its working president J P Nadda in New Delhi on Thursday.All the MLAs returned to Goa on Friday.However, Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order. The meeting will be held in the national capital on Friday evening.Shah, who is also the Union home minister, and Union Minister of Mines Pralhad Joshi will attend the meeting.A top BJP source said three of the 10 former Congress MLAs and Deputy Speaker of Legislative Assembly Michael Lobo would be sworn-in as ministers on Saturday.However, he did not disclose the names of the three former Congress MLAs who would get ministerial berths.When contacted, Lobo, a BJP MLA, confirmed that he and three other MLAs would join the Sawant-led cabinet.Lobo was instrumental in convincing the 10 Congress lawmakers to switch sides, giving the BJP an overwhelming majority in the 40-member state Assembly, the sources said.In order to accommodate the new MLAs in the cabinet, Sawant would be dropping four ministers, most of them from the BJP’s alliance partners, the sources said.Talking to PTI on Thursday, Sawant had said a decision on the fate of the coalition partners in the cabinet would be taken only after he returned to Goa.However, the sources said all the three ministers of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) — its president and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar and Jayesh Salgaonkar — were expected to be dropped, along with Independent MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte.The GFP, a regional party, has been with the BJP ever since the saffron outfit formed the government in the coastal state after the February, 2017 Assembly polls.Meanwhile, Kavlekar, who returned to the state from New Delhi, told reporters at the Goa airport that he took the decision to join the BJP as his Assembly constituency had remained underdeveloped all these years.”I was in the opposition for long which was affecting the development of my constituency. I have taken this step as the BJP is a party which has been pro-development and when I remain in power, it will help the people of my constituency,” he said.Besides Kavlekar, the other MLAs who switched sides are Atanasio Monserratte, Jeniffer Monserratte, Francis Silveira, Philip Nery Rodrigues, Cleaofacio Dias, Wilfred D’Sa, Nilkant Halarnkar, Isidor Fernandes and Antonio Fernandes.ALSO READ | BJP approached Goa MLAs, offered ministerial berths: A ChellakumarALSO WATCH | 10 Goa Congress MLAs decide to join BJP, meet SpeakerFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury 3 ex-Congress MLAs likely to be inducted in Goa cabinetA top BJP source said three of the 10 former Congress MLAs and Deputy Speaker of Legislative Assembly Michael Lobo would be sworn-in as ministers on Saturday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more