Reworking the casts: Lesson from Karnataka poll outcome for the BJP

Has the Karnataka poll outcome brought home to the BJP the message of nurturing strong regional leaders?

Radhika Ramaseshan

The Karnataka elections done and dusted with a Congress chief minister in place, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will have to appoint the Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in the state legislature. There is no precedent to establish that Basavaraj Bommai, (pictured) former chief minister, will get the LoP’s post by right, as it were. Each state where an incumbent BJP government was unseated followed a different norm.
If Jai Ram Thakur, cherry-picked by the BJP’s central command, got the position even after losing the last election in Himachal Pradesh, in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, the brass moved in swiftly to bring in new faces as LoP instead of handing it to the CMs who brought the party to defeat. In Rajasthan, Gulab Chand Kataria initially became LoP, and once he was appointed Assam governor, Rajendra Rathore, a seven-term MLA, succeeded him. In Chhattisgarh, former chief minister Raman Singh, who was still not out of favour with New Delhi

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First Published: May 21 2023 | 10:37 PM IST

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