New Delhi, May 22: Congress leader Kapil Sibal has come out all guns blazing against the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala and others in his recent column at The Indian Express. In the column published on the morning of May 22, Kapil Sibal attacked the Governors of Karnataka, Goa, and Manipur saying that they (the Governors) have consistently been seen as “the long arm of the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah axis, whether in Goa, Manipur or Meghalaya and earlier in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand”. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: After Defence Minister, PM Modi Meets NSA, CDS, 3 Service Chiefs; Reviews Situation
“Governors are playing to the tune of the Pied Piper in New Delhi. The institution of governor has become suspect,” Kapil Sibal writes. Also Read - 'Effective Steps Needed to Redeem Situation': SC Takes Suo Moto Cognisance of Migrants' Plight
Expressing concern over the recent developments in Karnataka, Kapil Sibal writes: “The third element of concern is the manner in which the governor decided to administer the oath of office on May 17 to BS Yeddyurappa and to later prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly. That decision was taken late on Wednesday evening. The governor knew that the Congress-JD(S) alliance was likely to challenge the order and that by fixing the swearing-in at 9 am the next morning, it was highly unlikely for the court to give a hearing in the intervening period. Luckily, the Chief Justice of India was gracious enough to grant a hearing.” Also Read - Lockdown Has Failed, PM Modi Must Say What Plan B is, Rahul Gandhi Fires Salvo
Speaking over the 15-day time given to BS Yeddyurappa to prove majority on the floor of the House, the Congress leader said that it was an “invitation to BJP to carry out poaching”. He said that the court knew that Congress-JD(S) alliance had the majority, hence, Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite Yeddyurappa to take the oath “could not have been based on numbers”.
“It was clear that there was nothing on record to show that Yeddyurappa could claim support of any of the MLAs belonging to the Congress-JD(S) alliance. In these circumstances, it is settled law that the governor should not have invited Yeddyurappa and instead invited H D Kumaraswamy, leader of the JD(S), to form the government since the Congress had on May 15 written to the governor extending support to the JD(S),” he said.
“The order of the governor in the light of the statement of the prime minister — “Sarkar toh hamaari hi banegi (It is only our government which will be formed)” — was a clear indication that the governor was on his side and was doing his bidding and that by all means, fair or foul, the BJP will install its government in Karnataka,” he added further.
In the end, he writes that the “institution of the governor must be protected from the machinations of political parties”.