'Change in Karnataka 'very unfortunate', says Chidambaram

Last Updated: Tue, Jul 10, 2012 14:40 hrs

With Jagadish Shettar all set to take over as the new chief minister of Karnataka on Thursday, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday took potshots at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in the state, and said 'if one forms a government by wrong means, sooner or later his wrong deeds will catch up'.

Terming the latest political developments to be unfortunate, Chidambaram said the people of the state, who are at the moment closely monitoring the ongoing developments, are the biggest sufferers.

"It is very unfortunate day for Karnataka, a change of government is taking place for the second time within a term of five years. Therefore, the people of Karnataka are watching the developments. It is wrong to assume that people in villages, rural areas, farmers, workers, students are not watching the developments. They are carefully watching the developments and they are very very disappointed and distressed by these developments," said Chidambaram.

"We all know how this government acquired a majority. They acquitted a majority through what they call 'Operation Lotus', that lotus is withering now. That is bound to happen. If you form a government by wrong means, sooner or later your wrong deeds will catch up with you. That's what has happened in Karnataka. The sad part is the sufferers are the people of Karnataka," he added.

Chidambaram further said that people of Karnataka had to suffer at the hands of a government, which has not governed the state for the last at least 24 to 30 months.

"Although the Central Government gives a lot of money by way of grant, loans, transfer of tax resources. Where is the Government in Karnataka? When did you last see a functioning Government in Karnataka? I think you must sympathize with the people of Karnataka. They had to suffer a government like this, which has not governed the state for the last at 24 to 30 months," he said.

The Karnataka BJP legislature party, which met in Bangalore today elected Shettar as their new leader.

"The BJP today called a meeting of Karnataka BJP legislature party. And in BJP legislature party of Karnataka, Sadananda Gowda and Yeddyurappa, both former chief ministers, proposed the name of Jagadish Shettar as a new leader of BJP legislature party Karnataka. After that Jagadish Shettar was unanimously elected as leader of BJP legislature party Karnataka," said senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh after the meeting.

"We have decided that tomorrow at 2 p.m. we will go to Governor House and we will submit all related letters to honourable Governor. And after that the oath taking ceremony will take place on 12th of July," he added.

Rajnath Singh is in Bangalore along with Arun Jaitley to oversee the transition from Sadananda Gowda to Jagadish Shettar.

Shettar, who has the backing of former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, will be the third BJP chief minister in the state in four years since the party came to power there in 2008.

The BJP's core group met in New Delhi on Saturday to approve BJP President Nitin Gadkari's strategy of resolving the Karnataka crisis by replacing Gowda with Shettar.

The crisis in the Karnataka BJP intensified last week after nine ministers resigned from the State Cabinet, thereby projecting a show of strength in their campaign for ousting Gowda.

The ministers, who quit earlier were Jagadish Shettar (Rural Development), CM Udasi (PWD), Murugesh Nirani (Industries), V Somanna (Housing), Umesh Katti (Agriculture), Basavaraj Bommai (Water Resources), Revu Naik Belamagi (Libraries and Animal Husbandry), M P Renukacharya (Excise) and Raju Gowda (Small Scale Industries)

The ministers, however, withdrew their resignations later following a decision of BJP leadership that there would be a change in chief ministership in the state. (ANI)

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