CHURUMURI POLL: Will Yediyurappa survive?

MATHIHALLI MADAN MOHAN writes from Hubli: Going by the chaotic developments within the BJP, ever since it assumed power more than two years ago, one must admire the common sense displayed by the Karnataka voters in the last assembly election.

The voters’ response to the plea for power made by the three contending parties was quite categorical.

They  rejected in no uncertain terms the claims made by the Congress and JDS  and put them in the dog house as it were, even making it impossible for them to share power through an unholy alliance between them.

On the other hand, they were taken in by the plea made by the BJP to give it a chance to govern but were quite cautious in their response. The voters put BJP ahead of all the parties by giving them 110 seats and ensured that the party missed the majority mark by a whisker.

The other two parties were left far behind, making it a mockery of the mandate even if they were to join hands. The message from the voters was clear. They had actually put the BJP on probation and wanted it to prove its credentials before fully backing them at the hustings next time round.

This has a parallel in what had happened in 1983.

Then, too, the voters preferred a non-Congress combination led by the Janata Party to the Congress.

When the government led by late Ramakrishna Hegde won the approbation of the people by its performanance, they voted the Janata Party back to power with its own majority. (That it lost the advantage due to internecine squabbles engineered by H.D. Deve Gowda is of course another matter.)

In the present case, only the first part of the saga has been played out.

Before  the ruling BJP  could have the second opportunity to seek a fresh mandate, the BJP government has got into all sorts of imbroglios, which has  made the party fall in the esteem of the people, who had trusted them to deliver the goods promised.

Right from the day, the party contrived through the execrable “Operation Kamala” to firm up its majority, it has been steeped in scams, scandals and dissidence which hardly brings credit to anybody.

What has been causing concern and consternation is the unabashed manner in which BJP MLAs are pursuing with single minded determination their quest for power and pelf , throwing to the winds all the known niceties of the “party with a difference”.

The casualty in the process has been governanance.

What has made the matters worse has been the behaviour of the ministers, who appear to be landing the party and the government in one or the other controversy (Hartaalu Halappa, Bachche Gowda, D. Sudhakar, et al)

Even before the controversy of illegal mining surrounding the Reddy Brothers could be forgotten, has come the instances of others ministers getting bitten by the bug of lucre, be it allotment of land (Katta Subramanya Naidu) or jobs in hospitals (Ramachandre Gowda).

The problem with the BJP government is that the leadership has failed.

B.S. Yediyurappa has been unable to provide the needed leadership to carry and instill the sense of responsibility among the legislators, most of whom are newcomers to public life. He should have led by example and shared the burden of steering the ship of the State with others.

His autocratic behaviour has been the cause of the party’s colective misery, going by the grievances of fellow party workers. As a result political atmosphere is turning murkier and murkier with every passing day.

Two main rumours are afloat at the moment.

One is the behind-the-scenes efforts made by JDS with the tacit backing of Congress to put a ragtag government in place of the present one. The second one is the talk of change of leadership within the BJP for which some of the dissidents are burning midnight oil.

In the present permissive atmosphere, both efforts, which basically distort the mandate of the people, have hardly any chance of propping up a credible alternative.

The best solution under the circumstances is to remit the problem back to the people.

Let the people decide what should happen, instead of allowing the powerbrokers in every party to misutilise the occasion for their personal and political aggrandisement while making a mockery of the State in the eyes of the nation.

Also read: How the BJP completely lost the plot in Karnataka

CHURUMURI POLL: India’s most corrupt State?

Getaway of the louts in the Gateway to the South

BJP’s lotus grows in muck, so do BJP’s people

One question I’m dying to ask Yediyurappa & Reddy

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11 Responses to “CHURUMURI POLL: Will Yediyurappa survive?”

  1. Somebody Says:

    Yes, but for only one reason – TINA factor.

  2. Bengalooru Haida Says:

    Should he? Yes, he should.

    He and his Govt. has made our lives lively. It’s incredible fun to read newspapers and watch Kannda news on TV since this guy and his merry bunch have taken over. Never a dull moment and that’s the way it should be. Bijli, sadak, pani etc are so boring and everyday issue. Anybody with half a heart could apply his mind and do it. But can anyone match the entertainment value that this gang is doling out? The only downside is it’s not tax-free.

  3. Alok Says:

    I propose Karnataka have two yearly elections from now on. It is obviously no party/collection of parties can provide effective govt. beyond two years so quicker elections is the best solution.

    Besides, anything to get the reddy brothers and their ilk to spend the looted money on the people shouldn’t be a bad exercise.

  4. Bengalooru Haida Says:


    As a well wisher of you I draw your attention to the recent gaffes that you have been committing in case of sanmanya Yeddyurappa. See? It’s Yeddyurappa my friends and NOT Yediyurappa as you have been insinuating of late (including the heading for this poll).

    So before the same bunch of numerologists, astrologers and other assorted godmen who suggested the spell change tell the CM that Churumuri has brought his downfall by deliberately spelling His name in a wrong way, you should clean up your act. Better be safe than sorry.

  5. Pulikeshi the Last Says:

    Why should Yediyurappa survive?

  6. Gouri Satya Says:

    Good political analysis. Yeddyurappa and his party, both have failed to retain the voters’ confidence. Time again for the State people to express their verdict in mid-term polls.

  7. Fit to Post: Yahoo! India News » Blog Archive ‘Game Over’ for Yeddyurappa? « Says:

    […] on Monday, October 11. Governor  Bharadwaj had set an October 12 deadline for him earlier. An article  on the website Churumuri said elections were the best way out of the […]


    The relavant qstn is Will Karnataka survive under his rule ?

  9. dr ramesh Says:

    bjp in karnataka represents everything wrong in our society. they have taken corruption to a new high , making newer highs every day.
    all the best to kumaranna in his valiant effort to save karnataka from bjp.

  10. Rishikesh Says:

    The article is insightful. We forget that each seemingly new political development has a precedent. What we dont realise is that each time, we forget to rectify our mistakes and move forward. This applies to leaders and voters.

  11. citizen Says:

    yeddi should go. not that i like others a lot. but this govt just cant be tolerated. i hear many write that situation is so hopeless that they dont feel like voting. thats wrong my friends. situation was always hopeless. i learnt it from people living in rural india. they have got nothing and yet for past 60 years they have been voting, their only form of expression, braving booth capturing, braving attacks, murders. we have to make this system work. imagine if you were in china, you wouldnt be able to write anything! nobel winner liu xiaobo would love to be in karnataka. to him it would be heaven. change govts every 5 years. give a clear mandate. bjp was given a reasonablly good mandate. they used operation kamal openly to buy votes , buy mlas and used sympathy factor to come to power. but yet they messed up . by changing govt every 5 years we atleast play them against each other like they try to play caste , religions , us against us. when they expose each other, its the best of democracy! it means india is a thriving democracy. there are loose ends but will get fixed. we will fix it. a few more operation kamals and reddy would have run out of money. across the border jagan is already spending a lot. when two corporates get into a war, both ensure the other is hurt. they are at war . its the best thing that could have happened to karnataka. they were making to much money. they will now spend it even faster.yeddi was given a chance. bjp was given a chance. now teach them such a lesson that they hold their heads in shame and wonder after how many years will bjp ever have a govt next time in south india!sushma swaraj should certainly shave her head off this time. her stooges have ruined bjp, a party that many had high hopes from

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