13 April, 2021

The Powerpoint Plug

The Karnataka guv gives gubernatorial overreach a complete new meaning

Narendra Bisht
The Powerpoint Plug

A joke doing the rounds here is that the unofficial KPCC president lives in Raj Bhavan. Ever since he took over in June ’09, governor H.R. Bharadwaj has earned the reputation of being more a tormentor of the BJP than the state’s constitutional custodian. So, when prior to the first trust vote on October 11 he warned the speaker against disqualifying the rebel MLAs and “vitiating the atmosphere”, it came as no surprise. Neither did his recommendation that president’s rule be imposed after the vote. What did astound everyone was his turnaround letter the next day giving Yediyurappa a second chance. Of course, this generosity was later traced to the Centre’s wisdom.

In the last one year, Bharadwaj has been a pro-active governor, constantly “guiding” the government on matters of governance and openly expressing dismay over the corruption allegations. Raj Bhavan had also become somewhat of an pen house to opposition leaders. In the last month itself, JD(S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy’s...

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