The return of SM Krishna
Over the last couple of days this is probably the news that most Bangaloreans have been eagerly tracking. The return of SM Krishna to active politics. When SM Krishna ceased to be the Chief Minister of Karnataka after his party failed to garner the required majority, a lot of people thought that Bangalore would lose as a result of he not continuing as the Chief Minister. A lot of them today would say it indeed has been like that.
So should & will SM Krishna return as the CM?
SM Krishna has achieved a kind of a mass popularity in Bangalore especially for his interest towards the affairs of the city. During his tenure as CM of Karnataka, he gave special importance to the development & improvement of the city. From forming the Bangalore Agenda Task Force to meeting the ever growing needs of the IT/ITES/Biotech industries to getting McKinsey & Co to do a study on ways to streamline the economy & get more jobs for its citizens. The CM then was in the news for all the right reasons. The citizens also began to see some visible changes around them. The media said he was treating governance of Karnataka like running a company.
However there are doubts & questions. First the question – Is it right for someone who has been the Governor of one state to become the Chief Minister of another? Then the doubt – Will the high command actually allow SM Krishna to take the CM’s chair when there are plenty of other contenders for the post?
And then the bigger doubt – will SM Krishna with all his education/tennis playing ability/self designed clothes appeal to the farmers? It must be recollected that when Krishna’s party couldn’t garner the required majority in the assembly elections & return for a second term, a view went around that the reason for Krishna’s fall was that he was too IT & Bangalore city obsessed & had ignored the needs of the farmers & the smaller cities & towns in Karnataka.
From a political party’s perspective these doubts will definitely play a part in deciding who gets the CM’s chair. However from the Bangalorean’s perspective the answer is pretty much out there on everyone’s lips. A well educated, with the times & forward looking kind of Chief Minister is what we need. Add to that some prior experience in the role & we all know who fits the bill perfectly. SM Krishna. Somebody had aptly expanded his initials. Simply Marvelous!