First BJP Government has at last set up in South India
After a long one month of suspense, the union Cabinet decided to withdraw the president’s rule in Karnataka, embarking on a new journey by paving a way to build up the first BJP government in South India. The spirit of celebration for the saffron was at its peak, when the Karnataka leader B S Yeddyurappa took the oath of office on November 12th 2007, in Bangalore.
The union Cabinet considered the report of Governor Rameshwar Thakur to the Center. In his report Thakur had no doubt about the numbers being clearly with the BJP-JD(S) combine. His report had a point over the stability of the combination stating the manner in which the previous H D Kumaraswamy government failed to honour its commitment. When the Cabinet meeting was over the finance minister P Chidambaram stated, “The Cabinet decided that the governor may be advised to invite BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa to form the government.”
The center would advise the governor to invite parties, which according to him would be best suited for the formation of the government. The decision was actually taken a couple of days after the governor had submitted his final report. In this regard, the finance minister P Chidambaram said, "After considering the report and after taking into account all facts and circumstances, the Cabinet has decided to recommend to the President that President’s rule may be revoked". This is really a turning point of overall condition (both political and socio-economic) for South India.
BJP stated that the step of the center in this regard “lacked grace”, since the decision was taken after “inordinate and unnecessary" delay. "A decision that should have taken three hours, was delayed by 13 days," said BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad to the journalists. The BJP vice-president and in-charge of the state Yashwant Sinha said that it was a historic day because the president’s rule in Karnataka was revoked and BJP had a scope to form its first government in South India, especially in Karnataka, which have always been one of the most important state as far as the political issues are concerned.
There is a great chance that the JD(S) nominee for the post of deputy CM would be H D Kumaraswamy, who has stepped down as the CM. Although H D Revanna (elder brother of H D Kumaraswamy) has also been making politically ambitious noises, but he may not be the JD(S) nominee for the deputy CM’s post. This is due to the fact that he has come up with some critical remarks about the BJP-JD(S) MLAs, calling on the President to press their claims. Revanna had strongly criticised the move of BJP and JD-S to take the supporting legislators to President Pratibha Patil. While Kumaraswamy is trying his best to win him over, Revanna announced that he will not be joining the ministry if the coalition to form the government is invited.
A joyous scene was seen at the BJP office in Bangalore after the Cabinet decided to stop the President’s rule that was imposed on the state of Karnataka on October 9th, just following the collapse of JD-S/BJP coalition.