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The Madras High Court court has passed an order staying a possible floor test that may have taken place.

A question has arisen that, whether CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami commands a majority in the State Assembly or not. Dissident legislators from the ruling AIADMK have pulled back the ruling party’s strength in the Assembly.

On August 22, the dissentors approached the Governor with a memorandum expressing lack of confidence in the CM. And, on September 18, Speaker P. Dhanapal stated that this amounted to ‘voluntarily giving up their membership of the party’ and disqualified most of them.

The DMK leader, M.K. Stalin, also approached the Governor, demanding a floor test as the ruling party has lost its majority. When the Governor failed to act, he moved to Madras HC asking for a direction to the Governor to direct the CM to seek a confidence vote.

While dealing with the Arunachal Pradesh crisis in the previous year, a Constitution Bench said, a breakaway group could be legitimate and recognisable only if it constitutes 2/3rds of a party, as stipulated in the 10th Schedule, and the Governor could embark on a constitutional course of action only on the claims of such a group.

The court considering that Speaker might have been planning to disqualify the dissenters in an effort to bring about a majority in a truncated House, has passed an order staying a possible floor test that may have taken place.

There are precedents for such a move. The SC had ordered a ‘composite floor test’ in 1998 and 2005 in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand, though among much criticism.

Taking up disqualification petitions for adjudication just before a floor test has now become a pattern. Disqualifying rebellious MLAs has become a favoured way of ensuring the majority of a CM. It is time for amending the law which confers on the Speaker the authority to adjudicate questions of defection. At present, the floor test remains the sole and supreme means of ascertaining majority. That is why it is crucial that, the partisan element should be taken out of anti-defection law, and the adjudicatory power must be transferred to an independent body such as the Election Commission.

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Inflation, the overall increase in the prices is rising rapidly day by day.

The inflation rate dipped to 1.5% last month because of the effective monetary management by the political system. Inflation is an indicator of an excess demand or supply of goods.

Food prices are highly volatile. They should be kept low and stable by public procurement and a minimum support price policy. Inflation control thus involves:

  • A combination of monetary management.
  • Measures to increase supply of goods like anti-hoarding measures or the release of stocks by the government.

Last year, the government gave an inflation target to the RBI, called the “flexible inflation targeting.” This is supervised by the six-member monetary policy committee (MPC), with the Governor as the chairman. They have to counter Inflation causing factors like:

  • The short run impact of the GST which is bound to be inflationary.
  • The impact of the Seventh Pay Commission which will put pressure on prices.
  • The waivers announced in some States which can cause fiscal stress.
  • Worldwide increase in metals and food prices.

economy inflationA low and stable inflation rate is required for stable economic growth. Sometime in future, the impact of the GST, the improved ease of doing business and a stronger domestic currency, will keep inflation low. But at present the short run we need to control the inflationary expectations.