Stop this drama, get down to work

Ku­maraswamy’s govern­ment has many prom­ises to de­liver on

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - COMMENT -

On Satur­day Kar­nataka chief min­is­ter and Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar) leader HD Ku­maraswamy broke down pub­licly while ad­dress­ing party work­ers and claimed that he has been forced to be­have like ‘Vishakanta.’ This was with reference to Shiva, one of Hin­duism’s divine trini­ties, who is called the poi­son-throated one, as he is said to have swal­lowed poi­son to save the world, dur­ing the great churn­ing of the ocean.

Mr Ku­maraswamy told party work­ers that he had swal­lowed the poi­son of “power” for the sake of Kar­nataka’s well­be­ing. Ear­lier, his fa­ther HD Deve Gowda had claimed that the JD(S) had been “forced” to take the CM’S chair. In­stead of in­dulging in such the­atrics, the CM as well as the state would be bet­ter served if the fo­cus is on gov­er­nance-re­lated is­sues. The in­fra­struc­ture in Bengaluru is on the verge of col­lapse. The roads are in an ap­palling con­di­tion, the wa­ter sup­ply is patchy, garbage clear­ance is a hit and miss af­fair and there are huge power out­ages. Sev­eral other parts of the state are suf­fer­ing from flood­ing due to the heavy mon­soon.

With a mere 37 seats mainly from the south­ern dis­tricts, the JD(S), ow­ing to the na­tional com­pul­sions of the Congress party, finds it­self in the driver’s seat . It should seize this un­ex­pected op­por­tu­nity to de­liver on its gov­er­nance prom­ises .

Given that the Congress has more than dou­ble the num­ber of leg­is­la­tors than the JD(S), it is only nat­u­ral that it ex­pects its wishes be taken into ac­count be­fore ma­jor pol­icy de­ci­sions are taken. Mr Ku­maraswamy should work closely with Congress lead­ers in the state and de­liver on the com­mon min­i­mum pro­gramme that they have drawn up, in­stead of seek­ing the in­ter­ven­tion of the high com­mand of the grand old party to deal with ev­ery lit­tle is­sue. The CM has to de­liver on the waiver of farmer loans availed from banks and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions other than co-op­er­a­tive banks. Now, the govern­ment is talk­ing of waiv­ing all education loans.

With the elec­tions less than a year away, the CM will need some­thing to show to his credit. But for that, he has to stop these histri­on­ics and work to ful­fil the coali­tion’s prom­ises.

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