After days of high-octane drama over the Karnataka election saga, the resignation by two-day CM, BS Yeddyurappa took away the saffron hue from southern India, eventually making BJP loose a sense of comfort. For now, it is the Congress-JD(S) alliance that has turned victorious and is all set to form the government in the crucial state of Karnataka with HD Kumaraswamy being the CM candidate.
MULTIPLE QUESTIONS RAISED
The ‘Natak in Karnataka’ which started the very same day when the election results got declared, ended up raising multiple questions over the sanctity of governor’s position and the entire process of forming a government itself. Not only were there charges of money laundering against the two parties- Congress and BJP but there also was a blot on the integrity of ministers.
Honorable Governor’s credibility under scanner– Karnataka Governor, who was being termed as a ‘Modi Loyalist’ by many was also severely criticized for giving BJP a timeline of 15 days to prove its mandate/majority on the floor of the house, despite Yeddyurappa having asked for just 7 days.
An unprecedented overnight hearing was held at the apex court after Congress approached the top court which refused to stay BJP leader B S Yeddyurppa’s swearing-in as Karnataka Chief Minister. The hearing which continued till the wee hours was a historic one in itself, posted the matter further for 10.30 am on Friday morning, saying that it would continue to peruse the letter which was considered to be crucial in deciding the matter. Later on friday, the Supreme Court reduced the deadline of proving majority to 24 hours which required an urgent appointment of protem speaker. By protocol, this decision making again fell on the shoulders of Karnataka Governor, Vajubhai Vala who appointed BJP MLA, Bopaiah as the protem speaker, giving way to more controversies. The opposition alleged him of not obeying convention, according to which the governor must appoint the seniormost MLA (who in this case was VK Deshpande) as the protem speaker. With less than 24 hours remaining for the floor test, Congress-JD(S) again decided to move supreme court to oppose appointment. This time the top court decided to not hold an conduct an overnight hearing but ordered a live streaming of the floor test, keeping Bopaiah’s appointment as the protem speaker intact.
Question over Congress’s sudden faith in JD(S) as Rivals Stake Claim- Rahul Gandhi’s party ended up forming a post poll alliance with JD(S), a party which the Congress President, himself used to accuse of being B-Party to BJP.
Besides, former CM Siddaramaiah’s open hatred towards Dewe Gowda’s family is also not unknown and was being seen as another major factor in not making the two parties align. However, with so many internal rifts still intact, what remains to be seen is if the alliance can offer a stable government, serving full term.
As the suspense around floor test settled down, the anger towards the governor didn’t pacify. Various party spokespersons, even after the resignation of Yeddyurappa continued to question the integrity of Governor. Many like Shiv Sena Spokesperson Manisha Kayande and NCP President Sharad Pawar demanded his resignation. Meanwhile, Congress Leader Sanjay Nirupam broke all boundaries of respect and gave a disrespectful analogy, equating Governor’s ‘loyal’ behavior towards the BJP to the loyalty of a dog.
SCOPE FOR SUSPENSE AHEAD?
With HD Kumaraswamy all set to swear in on 23rd of May, the Congress-JD(S) alliance has been again given 15 days to prove their majority in the house. The question is- does this still leave any scope for JD(S) or Congress MLAs defecting to BJP?
Though chances cannot be ignored in the world of politics, experts are of the view that BJP is now concentrating on 2019. BJP Union Minister , Prakash Javadekar held a press conference after Yeddyurappa’s resignation, saying that the Karnataka result doesn’t signify their loss but Congress’s defeat since the number of seats under Congress’s kitty reduced to 78 from 122.
2019 PICTURE REDEFINED?
Currently, the saffron splash dominates the entire northern part of India except the state of Punjab. But the seemingly ‘United Opposition’ could be a cause of worry for the Mr. Narendra Modi led BJP. Multiple opposition leaders like RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, Communist Party of India leader D Raja, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, NCP President Sharad Pawar, DMK President MK Stalin, and RLD leader Ajit Singh are likely to give a nod to HD Kumaraswamy’s oath taking, Mamata Bnaerjee being the first one to confirm her attendance at the swearing-in ceremony.
To add to the trouble, senior congress leader Mlalikarjun Kharge has gone on record to suggest that the Congress party and other parties will continue to join hands and will stand united, making all possible efforts to sweep out BJP from the Centre in the 2019 elections.
As a law abiding and responsible citizen of this country, I still feel that the mandate of the people of Karnataka hasn’t suffered in these elections. The voters of the state still haven’t got what they wanted. With 104 seats in BJP’s name, the concept of post-poll alliance seems to be nothing more than a tool to usurp power, let alone catering to the demands of people or being stable enough to create an integrated ideology altogether. While some promising claims have been made by HD Kumaraswamy to lead a full term government, the sudden alliance of two rivals may prove to be a threat to the democracy of the country. These elections, however dramatic they were, will definitely will be a pivotal thread in shaping national political front for 2019.