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Karnataka Assembly explained: Strongest Opposition vs weakest leading party

With 104 members belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Karnataka legislative assembly will witness a balance it has never seen

Abhishek Waghmare 

BS Yeddyurappa, Karnataka
BS Yeddyurappa. Photo: ANI

However bitter-sweet the post-election victory or defeat is, beyond politics, at the core, lies the Constitution. And the Opposition, though it is not a part of the executive, it is an important institution in parliamentary democracy under the aegis of it. And it does influence and impact the executive in ways more than one.

With 104 members belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the legislative assembly will witness a balance it has never seen. The leader of opposition, whoever it will be, will be supported by an unprecedented number of legislators. Till now, since the first election to the newly formed Mysuru state in 1957 (renamed as only later in 1973), the Ramkrishna Hegde government of the Janata Party had the strongest opposition of 82 members in the lower house of the bicameral legislature.

Karnataka's legislative assemblies represent the larger political phenomenon of emergence of non-parties in years after Indira Gandhi took over. In the state assembly, the chief minister's contingent was the strongest immediately post-independence, while it would be weakest in the 15th assembly post 2018. The opposition was the weakest then, but is the strongest today. Though a supporting party had a better strength than the CM's party in 2004 for a brief period, with 78 members in this assembly is the strongest supporting party in assembly ever.

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First Published: Sun, May 20 2018. 00:20 IST
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