Be it whether BJP or Congress, the national parties do not prefer state leadership to emerge stronger. This has been a trend that prevailed since 1969 when the Congress split.
The then Indira Gandhi leadership laid the foundation to suppress the emergence of influential leaders like Kamaraj, Sanjeeva Reddy and Nijalingappa, especially in South India.
Ramakrishna Hegde, Anjayya, Sarad Pawar, Arjun Singh, Rajasekar Reddy are some of the state leaders who have been affected by this view from the high command.
In Uttarakhand, the BJP high command replaced 2 chief ministers in a span of 4 months.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s appointment of his political rival Sidhu as state president is an example of the perspective of national leaders. Joining that line is the recently-resigned Yediyurappa.
Despite being one of the undisputed political leaders of the Lingayat community with an RSS background, Yediyurappa’s attitude is different.
He was well-respected by all religions and castes. Not only did no section of society view him as hostile but he never used his religion or caste to seize political power.
Hate politics have never been his cup of tea. Even those who are in other parties will admit that he would not act with political vengeance against those who even betrayed him.
The stability of the BJP government in Karnataka will depend on the new chief minister Basavaraj Bommai, who was the reason to form the BJP government by overthrowing the Congress-JD(S) coalition government.
Yediyurappa’s indispensability in Karnataka politics cannot be ruled out even if he resigns. Yediyurappa has said that he is not going to accept the Governor post. Let’s see what happens next.