Get down to work, Team HDK

After a long election campaign, weeks of uncertainty after the elections and more days of disaffection and squabbling by aspiring MLAs and ministers, the administration in Karnataka, which had been stalled all these days, may be finally in place. The ministers went to their offices on Monday and have started attending to their work. It took 20 days for the ministers to be sworn in after Chief Minister Kumaraswamy assumed office. Portfolios were allotted still later and the ministers again took time to go to their offices. Many Congress legislators, including senior leaders and former ministers, were disappointed that they were left out of the ministry. Leaders like MB Patil, Ramalinga Reddy, Satish Jarkhiholi and HK Patil have voiced their unhappiness in public. The demands and dissenting notes have gone to the high command also, which is the one-stop grievance-settling platform in the party. But trouble is still afoot and it should be nipped and solved before it develops into mischief and worse. The problem in the JD(S) was less serious and concerned only the allocation of portfolios, and that seems to be moving to a workable solution.  

A stable and efficient ministry is necessary to provide effective governance to the state. The squabbling and the bargaining for posts and positions have not done any good to the personal reputations of legislators or the image of the parties. A ministership is not the be-all and end-all of politics and elections, but for many MLAs that is the only means to “serve” the people. Unfortunately, that is what the idea of public service has come to, and no party is better than the other in this. There are many issues that call for immediate attention by the state government. Farmers’ distress and the losses and miseries caused by the monsoon have to be addressed, and longer-term challenges like faster economic growth, creation of more employment, better urban governance and improvement of social indicators remain to be achieved. Earnest and sincere work by individual ministers and the government as a whole is needed for this. They should now get down to work and earn the trust of the people, which is the biggest asset and achievement of any government. Leaders of the government and the parties should ensure this. 

The unity and performance of the government will be under watch at the national level also because the state’s coalition is seen as a model for opposition parties in working out their plans for the next general election. This gives an additional reason and responsibility for the coalition to stay united and to perform. 

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