When Deve Gowda was the Prime Minister in 1996, the present Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Vala, was a minister in Gujarat in BJP’s government under Suresh Mehta’s leadership. Then Deve Gowda was one of the reasons for the fall of Suresh Mehta’s government in Gujarat then. Due to the fall of government, Vajubhai had to lose his ministry.
In fact, Vajubhai had been electing as MLA in Gujarat since 1985 but he was made minister for the first time in 1995-1996 in Suresh Mehta’s tenure. But his first ministry too didn’t last long due to Deve Gowda.
According to various reports, then PM Deve Gowda had recommended President’s Rule in Gujarat. With this, then President Shankar Dayal Sharma had imposed the President Rule. Even Atal Bihari Vajpayee had then objected Deve Gowda’s intervention. Vajpayee had openly criticized Deve Gowda for not keeping his word on Gujarat. Vajpayee had said that Deve Gowda had promised him that he would not interfere in Gujarat but breaking the promise, later Deve Gowda had recommended President’s Rule in Gujarat.
Vajubhai had lost his ministry. BJP’s defector Shankar Sinha Vaghela who had founded RJD had formed the government in Gujarat. Although BJP had majority, then Governor had given chance for RJD to form the government. Although Vaghela quit as the CM in 1977, the RJD had ruled Gujarat till 1998.
Later, Vajubhai had served as Finance Minister in Narendra Modi’s government and presented several budgets. In 2014, after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, Vajubhai had been made as the Governor of Karnataka.
Now in Karnataka, Vajubhai has invited the single largest party BJP to form th government. Many are linking this to Vajubhai’s previous experience with Deve Gowda and saying that Vajubhai had given it back to Deve Gowda after 22 years by stopping Deve Gowda’s son to become the Chief Minister now although he had full majority with the support of Congress.
It’s all part and parcel in the game called Politics.