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After days of heated discussion and protracted deliberations, the Bharatiya Janata Party finally seems to have found an effective solution to the seemingly insurmountable leadership crisis in Karnataka that may be acceptable to all the factions within the party. The solution has been inspired from none other than Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had made headlines with the team’s “rotation policy” for seniors.
Holding a press conference in Bangalore, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said, “I am happy to announce that the BJP has finally put an end to the political bickering in Karnataka. With immediate effect, we will have a rotation policy for the post of the Chief Minister. Every week, one of our party members will get to be the CM and prove himself or herself. Starting this week, Jagadish Shettar will take over and next week, it will be Eshwarappa. May be after that we can once again have Sadananda Gowda for another 7-day term.”
However, as soon as he saw Yeddyurappa getting up, Gadkari said, “or may be we can give BSY another 7-day term”, after which the former CM took his seat again. ”I am 99% sure that this will put an end to all the problems. If we are still not able to resolve the crisis, we will probably consider asking S.M.Krishna or someone else from the Congress to take over,” he added.
“This will also serve as a good trial run. If this policy is successful Advaniji has said that the same would be enforced on a national level once the NDA comes to power in 2014. We can have Modiji for a week, followed by Nitishji and then Advaniji himself. Somewhere in the middle, may be even I can pull off a week. Everyone will be given a fair chance to prove themselves. This policy will indubitably showcase us as the epitome of democracy. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some delicious masala dosas waiting for me at Vidyarthi Bhavan, following which we will have a series of discussions to decide on the rotation schedules.”
The policy is seen as a win-win situation for all factions in the party, with former CM B.S.Yeddyurappa exclaiming, “Yay! Now, every week I can go to Delhi and put pressure on the leadership to make me the CM for the next week!”
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also reacted positively, saying, “Well, of course you know it is nice to see that people are copying my policies in politics as well. Yesterday, Stalin asked me to court arrest along with the DMK members, you know, and today the BJP is implementing my rotation policy in their own ground. So as Ravi bhai would say, the game of cricket is surely the winner you know (sic).”
CNN-IBN editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai too was impressed, tweeting, “I think it’s time I rotate CNN-IBN too. Me this week, Sagarika next week, Thapar after that. G’night.”
(Reported by special correspondent, Ashwin S Kumar)