Just a little over a year after HD Kumaraswamy took over as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, the government has been put to the floor test under very trying circumstances.
The dispensation assumed power when 78 MLAs of Congress and 37 MLAs of Janata Dal (Secular) and one of Bahujan Samaj Party had come together to outnumber the 105 MLAs of BJP.
BJP, which is the single largest party, was expected to form the government as it was only nine members short of a simple majority, but Congress turned the tables by offering to support a Kumaraswamy-led government to keep the BJP out.
This is not the first time such an experiment has been attempted in India.
However, a lot of these coalitions at national and state levels have been beset with problems.
In Karnataka, for example, 16 MLAs (13 from Congress and 3 from the JD(S)) of the ruling alliance have turned rebel, plunging the government into uncertainty. If the strength of the 225-member House comes down to 209, BJP would be able to displace the current government and come to power in the state.
Even before this, the Kumaraswamy government has been facing trouble due to lack of a clear mandate, putting a question mark on whether coalitions are a viable option for providing robust governance.
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