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Arithmetic doesn’t work in politics; nothing is impossible

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Nothing is impossible in the game of politics. And what is more interesting is that ‘all is fair in love and war’. The sudden change of plot by ruling BJP hours before the casting of Rajya Sabha Election which was held today is already expected by many but the strategy surprises all. No person knowing the A, B, C, D of the constitution of India had never expected that the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly would exercise his power putting aside all infringement from the High Court. The magic on how the speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly defies the order of the Manipur High Court which directed the Speaker’s tribunal to bar pronouncement of any judgment reserved by the tribunal needs to be relooked over its legitimacy. But saying so, it is not expected that the speaker would leave any loophole in the plot to make sure that the candidate the BJP nominated for contesting the Rajya Sabha seat gets elected.
It was the shrewd exercise of power by the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly to allow only 3 defected Congress MLAs from among the 7 whose cause for disqualification is pending with the speaker’s tribunal. Of the remaining 5 another MLA was also later allowed to vote for electing the Rajya Sabha candidate after getting clearance from the High Court. A similar condition, however, was not applicable in the case of Trinamool Congress MLA Robindro, who has been disqualified only early today by the speaker’s tribunal probably for supporting the Congress Party yesterday.
It takes nearly 3 years for disqualification of MLA in the Speakers’ Tribunal of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, however, as for the case of MLA Robindro, it does not take even 24 hours in taking up the case under the 10th Schedule of the Indian Constitution and later disqualifies him to bar him from casting vote for the Rajya Sabha Election.
The final round of the election tactics for the Rajya Sabha seat was crucial. Both Congress and the BJP played well. But in the final round, the ruling party which is in power seems to be in the upper hand. The arithmetic till yesterday doesn’t work as politics is a different game.
Now as unexpected thing happens people are not surprised on who is winning this election. But one thing that matters is – Is there a law in the country?

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