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In summarily ignoring the claim of H.D. Kumaraswamy, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala abandoned(त्याग दिया/छोड़ा हुआ,)both propriety and common sense, acting in a politically partisan(पक्षपातपूर्ण/हामी) manner unbecoming of his office. Mr. Kumaraswamy was elected leader of the Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature(विधानसभा/विधानमंडल) Party and, with the declared support of the Congress, had the backing of a majority in the newly elected Assembly. The leader of the BJP Legislature Party, B.S. Yeddyurappa, offered no demonstrable(स्पष्ट/ज़ाहिर) proof of majority, but was invited to form the government, and given all of 15 days to prove he had the confidence of the House, solely(केवल मात्र/सिर्फ़) on the basis of being the leader of the single largest party. Far from ushering(कायम) in a stable government, the Governor unbolted(खोलना/जल्दी से ले लेना) the doors to allow room for the BJP to try to engineer defections(दलबदल/उल्लंघन). In situations such as these, the Constitution allows an element of discretion(निर्णय/बुद्धिमानी) to the Governor, but this power was never meant to be used arbitrarily(मनमाने ढंग से/स्वेच्छया) and capriciously( चंचलता/कथित तौर) . In defence of the Governor’s action, BJP leaders have cited(हवाला दिया /तलब करना) the Bommai judgment, which ruled on the course open for the Governor in the event of a Chief Minister losing majority in the House, but offered no opinion on a post-poll situation, where it said the Governor had to “invite the leader of the party commanding majority in the House or the single largest party/group to form the government.” Nothing in the judgment privileges(विशेषाधिकार) the single largest party over the largest group when it comes to being given the first shot at forming(गठन/बनाने में) a government.

The BJP leaders have now staked out positions that are at odds with those they adopted after the Assembly elections in Manipur and Goa, when the single largest party, the Congress, was denied(वंचित/अस्वीकृत) a chance to form the government. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had a weak defence on this turnaround: the Congress, he claimed, had not staked a claim in those two States. The Congress has taken the fight to the Supreme Court, which has asked the Attorney(प्रतिनिधि/न्यायवादी) General to produce the letters written by Mr. Yeddyurappa to the Governor in support of his claim. When the members of the Congress and the JD(S) together constitute a majority in the House, it is unclear what letters Mr. Yeddyurappa could have presented to the Governor. No matter how things turn out from here on, the BJP has emerged(उभरना/प्रकट होना) as a bad loser. The party played a smart hand in Goa and Manipur to deny the Congress, but is unable to accept defeat in Karnataka when beaten at its own game. Politics is not always about reaching for power; sometimes it is also about learning to sit in the Opposition. After all, power is only one of the means of politics, not one of its ends. The BJP may have bested the Congress in Karnataka, but it may not have paid the price for this victory yet.


Important Vocabulary

Synonyms: biased, one-sided, sectarian, sympathetic, unjust
Antonyms: fair, unbiased, disinterested

2.Abandoned(त्याग दिया/छोड़ा हुआ,)
Synonyms: deserted, discarded, dissipated, dropped, dumped
Antonyms: adopted, chaste, cherished, defended, innocent

Synonyms: attention, foresight, maturity, prudence, responsibility
Antonyms: carelessness, disregard, ignorance, indiscretion, negligence

4.Capriciously(चंचलता/कथित तौर)
Synonyms: carelessly, capriciously, eccentrically, unevenly

Synonyms: advantage, allowance, authority, authorization, benefit
Antonyms: disadvantage, handicap, hindrance, loss, misfortune

Synonyms: desertion, divorce, failure, rejection, revolt
Antonyms: enough, faithfulness, harmony, loyalty, plenty



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