Bangalore, Nov 12 (UNI) Vidhana Soudha, the seat of power in Karnataka after a month-long lull under the president's rule, regained its splendour with the installation of a popular government headed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader B S Yeddyurappa here today.
With the BJP forming its first government in the South, the state secretariat was back in business with thousands of people thronging the stone structure with grievances.
A huge stage was erected in front of the imposing structure for the oath taking ceremony with B S Yeddyurappa taking charge of administration along with four other BJP minister's also taking the oath.
The state secretariat wore a deserted look since October ten when the President's rule was imposed in the state following the fall of H D Kumaraswamy-led government. However, life was back at its best with thousands of people swarming in and around the secretariat the to attend the ceremony. Besides the whole area was swathed with huge cutouts, saffron flags and buntings.
Common people were happy that a popular government was back at the helm. Most of those who were contacted preferred an elected government to the 'Officers Raj', which they felt was drab and without any charm.
This was despite Governor Rameshwar Thakur doing his bit to help the people. He had held 'Janata Darshan' thrice a week to hear the grievances of the commonman but still charm eluded the seat of power.
Mr Yeddyurappa, earlier in the day, visited several important temples in the city and performed puja before reaching the venue for the swearing in. The first BJP Chief Minister in the South also performed yagna seeking the blessing of the the almighty to complete his term.