Daily Vocabulary: 26th July 2019

The BJP stands to gain by not rushing in to fill the space vacated by a fractious coalition


The fall of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, at the culmination of weeks of political skulduggery, hardly marks the end of uncertainty and the beginning of stability for the State. The crisis in the ruling coalition had crippled governance, even as allegations of bribing and kidnapping of legislators by the Opposition BJP emerged. The coalition tried every trick to hold its flock together but to no avail. Howsoever delayed, the inevitable happened on Tuesday as the government led by H. D. Kumaraswamy lost a trust vote in the Assembly. In a House shrunken by the resignation of several coalition MLAs, the BJP, which had won 105 seats in the 2018 election, had a majority. Its protestations notwithstanding, the BJP has been instrumental in engineering the rebellion. Regardless of the claims of both sides, it would be difficult to concede that their slugfest had to do with any principles. The legislators who resigned from the Assembly have demonstrated a remarkable disregard for the people’s mandate, and their excuses for doing so are shallow and dishonest. This drama must end, at least now.
Coalition(Noun)
Meaning: a temporary alliance for combined action, especially of political parties forming a government.
Synonym: partnership, affiliation
Antonym: detachment,disconnectionCulmination(noun)
Meaning: the highest or climactic point of something, especially as attained after a long time.
Synonym: climax, pinnacle
Antonym: nadir

Skulduggery(noun)
Meaning: underhand, unscrupulous, or dishonest behavior or activities.
Synonym: trickery, swindling,
Antonym: artlessness, forthrightness,

Crippled(verb)
Meaning: (of a person) unable to walk or move properly; disabled.
Synonym: disable, paralyze
Antonym: able-bodied

Flock(noun)
Meaning: a number of birds of one kind feeding, resting, or traveling together.
Synonym: group, flight

Concede(verb)
Meaning: admit or agree that something is true after first denying or resisting it.
Synonym: admit, acknowledge,
Antonym: deny

Slugfest(noun)
Meaning: a tough and challenging contest, especially in sports such as boxing and baseball.
Synonym: fighting, scrap
Antonym: make peace, surrender

Rebellion(noun)
Meaning: an act of armed resistance to an established government or leader.
Synonym: uprising, revolt
Antonym: obedience

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