Karnataka’s Power transfer – Citizens are mute spectators

The present coalition government in Karnataka has been playing a game ever since it came into existence. It has kept everyone guessing & the rumor mills have worked overtime. Will it happen? Will it not happen? Who will not make it happen? So many questions but the answers are no where in sight. About 2 weeks remain for the JD (S) party to transfer the power to BJP. The big question is will the transfer happen.

The below headlines compiled from various online news portals is an indication of how things have been in the recent past.

“Kumaraswamy foresees smooth transfer of power in Karnataka”
“Power transfer unlikely fears BJP”
“Karnataka CM can’t decide power transfer to BJP on his own: JD(S)”
“Stage set for transfer of power to BJP”
‘Transfer of power not easy”
“BJP expresses anguish over issue of ‘Transfer of power”
“JD-S-BJP rift widens in Karnataka ahead of power transfer”
“Karnataka power transfer drama enters last act”

If one thought things would be clear now, comes the twist. The latest headline reads “No comment on transfer of power till September 28”. So that keeps us guessing again.

And we the people who have voted for these parties can’t do much but remain mute spectators. The fact of the matter is in roughly 2 weeks time we will see headlines either saying Yes or No. If it is a Yes then we can all forget about it but what if it is a No. Will there be a re-election? Will JD (S) continue in power? Will BJP team up with someone else? It is anybody’s guess. Also to be seen is how much money will change hands & which resort will become the home of the MLA’s we voted for, to prevent them from horse trading.

Yet another headline reads, “Karnataka’s ‘entertaining’ power transfer chaos”. Truly it has been that in every sense. It’s got everything to make a movie out of it. It is also sad that the powers that be who govern this state have absolutely no regard what so ever to the people of this state because of who they are up there. What we need is a government that will make this state the best in the country. The latest State of the States report by magazine India Today ranks Karnataka as 7th. The previous 4 years Karnataka has consistently maintained the 8th position, so the one step higher is not much to cheer about. Also disappointing is that Karnataka is nowhere in the top five ranks under individual categories like Agriculture, Investment Environment, Primary Education, Infrastructure, Consumer Market and Budget & Prosperity. Where it is in the top five is only two areas that of Law & Order (at a good No. 3) & Primary Health (at No. 4).

Clearly there is a lot more work to be done. It would indeed get done only if our dear legislators are clear that the state & its development comes first before their individual self or parties that they are affiliated to. Hopefully come the 28th of September this long drawn out game will end in an anti climax, that of the power being transferred & the business of governance continuing without any break.

5 Comments so far

  1. NParry (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    I think one strong possibility is that Deve Gowda will install BJP just to keep up the appearance of being “righteous” and then pull it down after a few days, whining and complaining about “disrespect” to the Vokkaliga community. We’re back to square one again. Better to get Dharam Singh back (no children competing for power)..

    Soon Baby Suraj will also follow in the footsteps of the grandfather(HDG).. by saying “naanooo battini idhana soudhakkey”

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 11:47 am

    Apt post. Well written though this issue is far more complex. Sadly, the fair name of Karnataka as a progressive state is now in mud or cowdung, for that matter!

  3. tarlesubba (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 6:37 pm


    how can this be democracy? when we went to elections last time you were not the CM candidate. By some magic you became the CM. Now the question of who will be the next guy is also left to some magic.

    Who the hell are you to decide what will be the next govt? And who the hell is deve gowda, what mandate does he have?

    You guys have reduced us to cattle and elections to an obligation. yaarige yaavaga beku aaga raajya maaD bahuda?

  4. Roshan (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 11:20 am

    Does HDK or his father believe that people cannot see through what they are doing? The whole drama they enacted to get to power…to tie up with the BJP, rift between father and son and the patch up! And now, more drama to cling on to power. They just do not adhere to their promise. The coalition was formed with the agreement that power transfer will happen in 20 months. And now they create such a lot of confusion.

    My prediction, the govt will survive if HDK is allowed to continue. Otherwise, we’ll soon see another election or a congress JD(S) govt with HDK as the CM. Such opportunists, it’s disgusting!!

  5. P (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    That is Politics!!!The Big Cat & Mouse game!But it gets dirtier by the day!


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