Jerry Singh (or is it Jerry Lewis the comedian) contends that the President/coalition did not nullify the effects of the no confidence motion (KN Nov 17). He cited the varied reasons I posited as obtained from conversations and interviews of voters showing how the President nullified the vote. His argument is contradictory – disputing that the effect of the vote was nullified but proceeding to offer reasons why it was nullified.
According to the constitution, following successful passage of a no confidence motion (NCM), elections must be held within three months. The elections should have been held by March 21. The coalition went to court and the final court CCJ ruled that the NCM was valid and that the government must follow the constitution. Did it?Were elections scheduled 3 months after Dec 21? Or three months after June 18? Or three months after Sept 18? So where did Jerry draw the line to declare an opposition “victory”? Is he trying to be a comic? The coalition still has 33 MPs and convened parliament. It also plans to approve a budget. Instead of denying reality, Jerry should try to analyze what the opposition did wrong and or could have done to have the NCM honored.
Jerry stated as evidence that the PPP did not ‘lose’ the NCM battle because it won the elections of 2016, 2018 and possibly 2015. But those electoral victories have no relevance to the NCM as they happened prior to the vote. And of course in war, there are casualties. PPP suffered setbacks. Granger and the coalition also suffered setbacks – that’s what happens in battles. And the PPP did quite well in the elections as pre-election opinion polls I conducted predicted those outcomes. But in the end, anyone would conclude that Granger won “the war” because he remains in office and is governing fifteen months after the NCM. That is a fact. I did not contrive it. It is indisputable. Jerry Singh should not emulate Jerry Singh, the comic on a serious issue.