Stealing a mandate : On Madhya Pradesh crisis(The Hindu)
Mains Paper 2:Polity
Prelims level: Legislative assembly
Mains level:Disqualifications of MLAs and its effect
The impending change of guard in Madhya Pradesh is on the back of a disgraceful betrayal of the popular mandate of 2018 when the Congress defeated the BJP that was in power for three consecutive terms.
Jyotiraditya Scindia’s vault from the Congress to its antithesis, the BJP, set the ball rolling for the unravelling of Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s government earlier in March.
With the resignation of 22 of its MLAs from the Assembly, the Congress was reduced to a minority, with 92 members.
Although the BJP is within its rights to stake claim, in the interest of moral and political legitimacy, it could have waited until after by-elections are held to these seats and either of the parties establishes a clear majority.
But a disturbing new mechanism of usurping power that is not won through an election, perfected by the BJP in recent years, has no such restraint.
The party engineered the resignations of Congress and JD(S) MLAs and returned to power in Karnataka last year.
The BJP took power on the claim of majority in a truncated legislature, and had the advantage of being the ruling party when the by-elections were held.
It had used the same strategy earlier and there are indications that it might be tried in some other States too in the coming weeks.
Q.1)With reference to the Premium subsidy sharing pattern (Agriculture), consider the following statements:
1. Premium subsidy sharing pattern between Centre & North Eastern states changed from 50:50 to 90:10.
2. It will allow more States to notify the scheme and existing States to notify more crops and areas to facilitate greater coverage of farmers under the scheme.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2