KARNATAKA CHAOS MIRRORS CRISES IN INDIAN DEMOCRACY

The collapse of the Congress Party in other states is certain to create a vacuum in the Opposition, and a concentration of power in the center.

KARNATAKA CHAOS MIRRORS CRISES IN INDIAN DEMOCRACY

From resort politics to mass defections, Karnataka has seen it all in the last five decades. More than ever, in the last fortnight, Karnataka politics has been teetering on the brink of an abyss.

The upheaval began when a total of 14 MLAs belonging to the ruling Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition resigned, but wasn't accepted by the speaker, Mr. Ramesh Kumar, immediately.

This led 10 of the rebel MLAs to file a petition before the Supreme Court. The speaker then clarified that he could not decide on these resignations right away as he has to verify that the resignations are 'genuine and voluntary'.

The Supreme Court adjourned the case till July 16, and ordered a stay on any action by the speaker on the matter concerning both the resignations of the MLAs and their disqualification.

Although the coalition government's numbers are far below that of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has the support of 107 MLAs, the chief minister, Mr.HD Kumaraswamy, refused to resign. He demands a trust vote on the floor of the House.

This is an invitation for chaos.

Are Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh waiting for a similar situation?

It was recently reported that the Congress Party rushed its General Secretary, Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia, to Madhya Pradesh to stem any such crisis in the state in the wake of the resignation of Mr. Rahul Gandhi as party president.

All this constitutes not just a warning call for the Indian National Congress, but for our democracy as well.The collapse of the Congress Party in other states is certain to create a vacuum in the Opposition, and a concentration of power in the center.

This can lead to a deterioration in the quality of parliamentary debates on bills and other provisions, and a slump in the representational aspect of our democracy as only 37.36% of the Indian electorate has voted for the BJP. Which party represents the rest of India? The Congress and other parties must reflect.