Karnataka: One year of Bommai rule completed, will the atmosphere be created in the last 10 months?

For Basavaraj Bommai, running the government was like walking on a double-edged sword. His mentor and former chief minister feared an impression on him. The party’s central leadership had high hopes from the new chief minister.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai

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Basavaraj Bommai He has completed one year as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. The task assigned to him was not easy. Different political factions within and outside the party had high expectations from him. He took the place of a stalwart whose political footprint is much larger and deeper. He had to lead a group of party legislators who wanted to serve different political interests. With a big mandate for the new chief minister and to lead the government, the following assembly elections It took less than two years to implement development programs to the public’s satisfaction. The state assembly elections are less than a year away. In this situation, the prime minister has set his goals.

When CM Bommai became the Chief Minister, he initially got a lot of benefits. The BJP central leadership selected him after much deliberation and he was replaced by former Chief Minister B. s. Yediyurappa also received support. While they were elected as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party, many said that it was Yeddyurappa’s choice. As soon as he began his duties as Chief Minister, it became clear that the former Chief Minister had only accepted on his behalf.

Bommai hails from Yeddyurappa’s fraternity

In fact, it was the choice of the party’s central leadership. Bommai hails from the same powerful caste as Yeddyurappa. He also got the support of Yediyurappa. In his early days in the prime minister’s office, it was clear that Bommai had the full support of the party’s central leadership. He did not have to carry with him the burden of deputy prime ministers and all those who joined his council of ministers had the support of the central leadership. Bommai had to deftly pacify his predecessor, the prime minister whose hopes were largely unfulfilled when he created the ministry.

For Bommai, running the government was like walking on a double-edged sword. His mentor and former chief minister feared an impression on him. The party’s central leadership had high hopes from the new chief minister. Party MPs wanted ministerial positions and other political benefits. Bommai had to keep everyone happy and fulfill their just demands. People wanted good government and wanted to see the fulfillment of promises made for development. Bommai’s working style was deemed ideal for fulfilling these varied and complex aspirations. He was known to be a skilled negotiator, a consensus seeker, a team leader, balanced in his reaction and a person who weighs every word.

The year-long journey has not been easy

One year was not an easy political journey for the Chief Minister as he made his political presence continuously and adopted an independent working style, so there were many thorns in his path. There was also a group of party MPs who openly expressed their expectations both in public and on the party platform. The party cadre had its own priorities. He picked it up regularly. The tug of war between different factions in the party went beyond acceptable limits at times. The result of the Chief Minister taking everyone along with their shortcomings and strengths was that many of them came to believe that it was easier to do their work while they were talking in public places and arguing. In this way contradictory and contradictory positions were often adopted and the Prime Minister tried to pacify the issue.

Was it a year of the Bommai Prime Minister as a normal political and governance system or did the government also take many new initiatives in terms of development in these twelve months? As is often the case, all attention is drawn to the challenges facing the government and the disputes that arise at frequent intervals. Media attention has also clearly turned to the government, which is struggling with one crisis after another. The Chief Minister and his government got a big boost in June/July 2022 when the central government gave Karnataka the “Mil Achiever” status in the Ease of Doing Business (EODB). Karnataka also topped state and union territories in NITI Aayog’s Innovation Index 2021.

The state also ranked third in India’s index for meeting NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2020-21. While the state improved its ranking in parameters such as infrastructure, innovation, poverty alleviation and health care, it lagged behind in terms of clean water supply, general sanitation, education standards, reduction of inequality and economic growth . The areas that have performed poorly in the state assembly elections next year are certainly a matter of concern for the government. They are those important areas where a perception of government is formed among the common people regarding the work of administration and government. Above all the issue must turn in the mind of the leadership that since 1989 the people of the state have not given a second chance to any government with a clear majority.

The next 10 months before the elections are very important

The next ten months before the elections are crucial. The government’s action on two fronts will define and decide the trends of the next elections. The first is how effectively the two main parties, the BJP and the Congress, resolve their internal contradictions. Whoever is able to bring together different factions of the party will have the advantage. The Prime Minister has been delaying the reshuffle of his Cabinet for some time. It’s a messy situation! Is the leadership delaying the reshuffle in the Council of Ministers because they fear it may generate more discontent and opposition among their people?

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In this situation, the ability of the Chief Minister to bring all the factions and satisfy the people who have the ability to change people’s sentiments becomes important. With the balance of region and caste, it will also be necessary to reconcile the former leaders and the newcomers to the party and eliminate their contradictions.

Second, it is clear that people’s perceptions matter. Elections are often a battle of “perception.” How effectively the key players play out this “perception” battle will be crucial. In the coming times, it will be keenly watched how the Chief Minister and the Karnataka government strategically take their achievements to the masses and how the opposition highlights the challenges and shortcomings of governance.

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