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SC sets the stage for debated floor test for Karnataka

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
It was a landmark judgement of the Supreme Court (SC) of India, where in one of the fastest hearing proceedings on May 18, 2018, directed that the Floor Test be held in the Karnataka Assembly at 4 p.m. on May 19, 2018 to ascertain the support newly sworn-in Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa enjoys. The SC had slashed the time given to him by Governor Vajubhai R Vala to prove his majority following a split verdict. Meanwhile, political parties welcome the Apex Court directive which has saved democracy by advancing the floor test at the same time maintaining that the Governor decision still on test.
The new Karnataka Assembly hit the headlines immediately with the results of the May 12 election, which threw up a hung Assembly, where BJP won 104 of the 222 seats, falling eight short of the 112-halfway mark. The Congress bagged 78 seats and the JD-S 37.

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Conrad making all efforts to provide popular government by scraping Building Byelaws

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by National People’s Party (NPP) headed by Conrad Kongkal Sangma is making all efforts to provide a Popular Government as he completes 100 days in office. This time his government decided to withdraw the Meghalaya Urban Development Authority from implementing the Meghalaya Building Byelaws, 2011 in areas under the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council’s jurisdiction. The said proposed Bill not only divided the society, even the political parties alike.

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High political drama in Karnataka shows that Indian Democracy is for sale

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The May 15 Karnataka verdict is considered as the Semi-final towards the 2019 Lok Sabha General Election  which only means that the 2014 Modi wave is subsiding, beginning from the Gujarat verdict in which the BJP gains 1.25 percent in vote share as compared 2012, but lost 16 seats, although they managed to form the government. This time the party managed to come out as the single largest party by winning 104 seats in the House of 222, while the Congress won 78 and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) won 38 seats, along with its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), throwing up a hung Assembly. The BJP is eight short of the 112-halfway mark needed for a simple majority.

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BJP gets a taste of its own medicine in Karnataka

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Indian National Congress (INC) is desperate to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of power in Karnataka and has made a stunning political thriller, by staking claim to form the next government as the second largest party capturing 78 seats in the House of 222. The third largest party - Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) with 38 seats, is riding on the blank cheque of Congress, by extending support to form the government and has met the Governor, Vajubhai R Vala seeking permission to proof the number on the Floor of the House. BJP captured 104 seats.

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Along with warning against compliance to drug trade ANTF should be pro-active

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
In an attempt to curb the menace of drug related crimes, which are on the rise in Meghalaya, police have intensified operations against drug syndicates operating in the city. In a statement on May7, 2018, East Khasi Hills District Superintendent of Police Davis NR Marak informed that police have observed that many drug traffickers are operating out of rented premises in the city, in light of the seriousness and prevalence of drug related crimes, which are liable to action under the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Police have warned house owners against permitting their premises to be used by their tenants to sell drugs.

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