The Karnataka audio tapes: Since the Congress-JDS alliance came to power, the BJP, especially Yeddyurappa, has been biding its time and waiting for an opportunity to be in a position to topple the coalition government.
The Feb 8 midnight conversation between BJP's Karnataka chief Yeddyurappa, BJP leaders and JD(S) first-time MLA Sharangouda Kandakur that stirred the bribe allegation pot. The Indian Express transcribes the recordings and looks at the key figures in the sting tape.
The finance Bill, moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, was passed in the state Assembly by a voice vote from the treasury benches, even as the opposition BJP staged a protest in the well of the House.
Both the opposition BJP and the ruling coalition have issued whips for presence of all their legislators over the next two days of the session, creating the impression that the passage of the finance Bill will be a tight affair.
The Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka on Wednesday approved implementation of a law to protect reservation for people from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in promotions in government jobs.
By adhering to the 1:2 ratio of power-sharing, the JD(S) is looking at contesting around 10 seats — “give or take” one or two, depending on strength of the two parties, Ali, the party’s general-secretary, indicated.