Convene House soon to prevent horse-trading, says Santosh Hegde
“No party has got any majority and the happenings thereafter… I am not very happy because many unconstitutional methods are being tried to cobble up majority,” the former solicitor general of India said.
“So, sooner the governor calls the house and call upon the people to prove the majority, better it is,” the former Karnataka Lokayukta said.
“Calling (B S) Yeddyurappa, you have an example of … find basis from SR Bommai case, where the Supreme Court has held the vote of confidence should be held only on the floor of legislative assembly and not outside, and single largest party should be called upon to prove majority,” he said.
But there are examples like in Goa and Manipur, where “it’s been the other way round” — the party which was supposed to have majority (not the single largest party) was called upon to prove majority,” Hegde added.
“So, the governor has lot of elbow room to manage it. But the consequences are very very sad that they (political parties) may stoop to any level to cobble up majority. And you (parties) speak about political morality and other things? It’s sad for the state, I can say that much,” he said.
“The governor should not keep this (on the issue of proving who has majority) pending…,” added Hegde, a former advocate general of Karnataka.
With the Karnataka assembly polls throwing up a hung verdict, the BJP with 104 seats has fallen short of the half-way mark of 112.