The Union government’s decision to revoke President’s rule in Karnataka could not have come sooner.
The situation in the state was reminiscent of the times when the Centre tried to fish in troubled waters for delivering short-sighted gains to the ruling party. On the face of it, the instant situation appeared to be similar to the one in the bad old days.
That’s where comparisons end. Governor Rameshwar Thakur had a difficult job at hand. In a situation of information asymmetry, where parties say one thing and mean something else, how does a governor make a reasoned decision? In this case, Gowda and Kumaraswamy said different things at different times. They only supported the BJP as a last option. The BJP, too, appeared more keen to form a government than defending political principles.
In an earlier age, cobbling together non-existent majorities was an acceptable practice. Hopefully, the Karnataka decision will take us away from those memories.