Sing for the Moment

Saffron is the colour of tyag and sahas. It is this colour that Vivekananda wore and in it he saw the picture of modern India that we are striving to build. And this is the colour that was highlighted in the Karnataka’s recent elections where BJP won by a majority.

On Monday, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) reached the magic figures of 113 seats in a house of 224 and left nothing to chance for the opposition. With their first glorious victory on the southern soil in a span of 60 years, this is the first time a BJP candidate will be sworn by the governor as the chief minister beyond the Deccan region.

The glory will be bestowed on BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa, and his name will be inscribed in the political history of the BJP as the first CM in the South. On Monday, the party, with a whopping 110 seats in their favour after the result of the polling, was confident enough not to loose this chance and set a seal on its victory.Within twenty four hours they joined hands with three independent parties and reached the figure of 113 and expressed confidence in forming the next government in Karnataka.

The general public seems to be happy and hoping for a stable government this time. Most probably that’s the reason for giving BJP a chance to prove its credibility and passion towards the development of the state. The to-be chief minister has already started humming in this tone. “I strongly believe that the post of a chief minister is that of a public servant rather than a head of the state,” said Yeddyurappa.

While his party officials were lining outside his office to congratulate him on Monday, he was busy running around to ensure his party makes it to the top this time by aligning with the three independent parties and making a majority. Finally the saffron party got their numbers together and is all set to set their foot as the ruling party in Karnataka on May 29. Till then the independent forces have been sent to a secret location.

The only fact to ponder upon is whether BJP will be successful in setting a firm foot in the South for its successive terms. Will this victory of the right wing party set an example which will be followed in other southern regions also. And most importantly will the party be successful in completing a stable tenure when they have become the majority by joining in with independent forces.

After the Janta Dal Secular (JD-S) party tried to form a coalition with the Congress, it seems that BJP will take no more chances. Therefore the tenure of this party will not only depend on the 110 MLA’s but also their independent counter parts to ensure they remain in power. This could be done by giving these independent forces an influential post in the government or an important role to play in the government’s smooth functioning.

Politics is indeed a complex web. The survivor has to master the art of manipulating and influencing. He goes through the complexities and hurdles spun by its contender to entrap him. But as soon as he survives one web another is all set to test his surviving skills all over again. It’s a vicious circle.

Aakanksha Ahluwalia