Now that B.S. Yediyurappa, chief minister of Karnataka, has won his trust vote in the assembly, proper governance of the state ought to resume. The political uncertainty of the recent past had brought government decisions to a standstill, and precious time was lost on matters that needed urgent attention. The severe water crisis that people face is just one of these.

During the trust vote proceedings, Yediyurappa said he wants to “forget and forgive" and sought the cooperation of all in tackling the state’s problems. While this is decorous, it would be unrealistic of him to expect the opposition, still smarting from the fall of H.D. Kumaraswamy government, to sit back and let him get on with the job.

Although it has proved its majority, it was only by a sliver, and so Yediyurappa’s government would likely be prone to the same vulnerabilities faced by the previous government. The CM had probably hoped to have rebel legislators of the opposition by his side, but they were disqualified from the assembly.

Yediyurappa will have to steer a tight ship, ensuring that nobody in his support crosses over to the other side. Also crucial for him are the by-elections that will take place to fill the seats vacated by the disqualified legislators. How these turn out could determine the longevity of the new government. Political games may persist, but governance must not suffer.

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