Ten takeaways of the 4-1 verdict in Karnataka


So now we know how the people of Karnataka in five constituencies – three Lok Sabha and two Vidhan Sabha – have spoken. The five seats were from the Old Mysuru region (Ramanagara assembly and Mandya LS), central Karnataka (Shivamogga), Mumbai-Karnataka (Jamkhandi) and Hyderabad-Karnataka (Ballari LS). (Note : Some analysts would put Ballari in central Karnataka as well).
So they give a fair sense of the mood of the state six months after it threw up a fractured verdict to the Vidhana Soudha, resulting in the Congress and the JD(S) coming together to keep the BJP out of power. 
 
These are my ten takeaways from the verdict of the Karnataka byelections that went 4-1 in the favour of the alliance.
 
1. Math works. Repeat that. Math works. It worked to bring down BS Yeddyurappa’s son BY Raghavendra winning margin significant in Shivamogga. BSY in 2014 had won this Lok Sabha seat by 3.6 lakh votes. When you look at that kind of margin, you can only say Raghavendra was lucky to scrape through by 50000 votes. The optics of Deve Gowda and Siddaramaiah together on the campaign stage created the right impact on the voter’s mind.
 
2. Do not poach. Or at least poach intelligently. Ramanagara was a unnecessary fiasco. No one quite expected the BJP to score an upset win in the constituency that chief minister HD Kumaraswamy had vacated so the party could have used the opportunity to give one of its deserving karyakartas to test the waters. By importing a Congress leader who went back to his parent party on the last day of campaigning, embarrassed the BJP. It showed lack of ground level intel.
 
3. Ballari is bad news for Sriramulu and his backers, the Reddy brothers. The public of the `Republic of Ballari’ decided to show Sriramulu the door by rejecting his sister J Shanta (former MP In 2009) by a margin of around 2 lakh votes. It is the margin that made it humiliating because this ended the 14-year long hegemony of the Reddy brothers and Co. over Ballari. It is also a rebuff to Gali Janardhana Reddy who has been trying to influence the politics of Ballari by staying on the periphery of the district since he is not allowed to step inside as per court orders.
 
Criticise but do not make the campaign ugly and personal. Janardhana Reddy referred to death of Siddaramaiah’s son Rakesh due to multiple organ failure in 2016 as “a punishment from God”. Though the BJP distanced itself from Reddy’s uncivilised remark, asking him to apologise to Siddaramaiah, the damage was done. Many in Ballari were horrified at the level of political discourse sinking to this terrible low. After the results came, Siddaramaiah was to hit back by saying “Ballari people have cursed Janardhana Reddy for his inhuman behaviour”.
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4. Ever since the coalition government was formed, Kumaraswamy has spent much time firefighting. The feel good factor after these victories may give him a breather at least for some time. But that may last only for a while as the much-expected cabinet expansion is overdue. With the bypolls out of the way, expect the Congress leaders to start putting pressure to get inducted into the ministry. 
 
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5. The knives will be out for Yeddyurappa. The Shivamogga margin is hardly likely to please him and the 4-1 drubbing even more. A win in Ballari and an upset win against the sympathy wave in Jamkhandi for Anand Nyamagouda would have made it party time for the BJP. The party will look at it as an opportunity lost. Add to that the Ramanagara fiasco and Yeddyurappa will have to answer many tough questions from New Delhi. 
 
6. With Yeddyurappa crossing 75, the BJP will have to look at leaders beyond the former chief minister even though he still is the tallest pan-Karnataka leader it has. With Ananth Kumar also unwell, the BJP has a problem on its hands. Karnataka with its 28 seats is too important a catchment area for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP will go with Modi as its mascot but it needs strong ground-level mobilisation to beat the opposition arithmetic.
 

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7. Siddaramaiah has taken revenge against Sriramulu for Badami. When the former CM decided to contest from Badami in addition to Chamundeswari in May 2018 elections, the BJP fielded Sriramulu to make matters difficult for him. Sriramulu succeeded in doing so and Siddaramaiah just about managed to win by 1700 votes. To defeat Sriramulu in his Ballari den would have given Siddaramaiah some satisfaction.
 
8. But there is reason to cheer in the numbers for the BJP as well. Despite the desertion by Chandrasekhar in Ramanagara, the BJP tally went up by 4800 in May to 15000 now. In Mandya, its candidate had secured close to 87000 votes in 2014, that number shot up to 2.44 lakh this time. This means good news for the BJP that in the tie-up between the JD(S) and Congress, both of who are strong in Old Mysuru region, it is able to get the main opposition space from where it can gradually grow.
9. Is there reason for Narendra Modi to worry? Yes and No. He should of course worry about the arithmetic but byelections are a different kettle of fish from the real elections. Modi and Amit Shah would do well to look at the April 2017 byelections to Nanjungud and Gundlupet, both of them won by the ruling Congress, one year before the assembly elections. But come May 2018, the BJP won both seats. Moreover, these results aren’t really a commentary on Modi, it was like round two of the assembly elections playing out, this time with Congress and JD(S) pooling resources. The state leaders of all three parties were the ones who led the campaign.
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10. The Karnataka experiment is the Congress opportunity to show that it can work with smaller alliance partners, even give them a significant share of the power pie. To that extent, the results will make it a happy Deepavali gift from Karnataka. But it would do well not to think that arithmetic will work the magic everytime in every constituency in 2019 too. The general elections with the Modi card, will be a different ballgame altogether. 
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Siddaramaiah steals the show in Karnataka’s electoral theatre


By T S Sudhir
Score : Siddaramaiah 2.5, Yeddyurappa 0.5
If you wonder what I am talking about, it is real score card after the byelections to three seats in the Karnataka assembly. The results announced today saw the Congress winning two and the BJP one seat. But what was more significant is that not only did the Congress snatch Bellary Rural, one of the BJP citadels but also made BS Yeddyurappa miss a few heartbeats as his son B Y Raghavendra laboured to a 6430 votes facile victory. Hence the Karnataka CM’s score of 2.5.
What does the verdict mean for the BJP? For public consumption, unhappy faces. But given the fact that the BJP in Karnataka is a house divided, much like the Congress, how you read the result depends on which camp you belong to. In fact, there are quite a few happy faces, who see in the Bellary result a ray of hope. Because finally, the seat has been to an extent, been purged of the vice-like grip of the Reddy brothers – the power behind B Sriramulu, who had vacated the seat after he won the Bellary Lok Sabha seat in May 2014. So now the original BJP cadre can hope to make some inroads into Bellary. The fact that Obelesh, a trusted lieutenant of Sriramulu, lost from Bellary – that too by a margin of 33000 votes – showed the fear factor was not at play either.
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Yeddyurappa, the newly crowned national vice-president of the BJP, would have hoped for a better display in his new avatar. His son scraped through but compared to dad’s 24000 votes margin as a KJP candidate in May 2013, this was a poor consolation triumph. In fact, the view in Bangalore is that if the Congress camp had displayed better hunting skills in Shikaripura, it could have reduced Raghavendra to a prey. In the end, despite winning, Raghavendra was found complaining about how the official machinery had been misused by the Congress. And dad Yeddyurappa floated the familiar conspiracy theory of Congress-JD(S) matchfixing.
But it is not to say that BSY is a spent force. As the state’s foremost Lingayat leader, Yeddyurappa is the community and BJP’s tallest leader. He would need to introspect if his pocket borough of Shimoga is being eroded and whether his DNA does not enjoy the same kind of mass support that he does. He realises that many in his own party would be happy over the narrow margin of victory and the shrewd politician that he is, he would need to learn his lessons from the verdict.
The man who would gain in strength is Siddaramaiah, who can now be expected to be more assertive both vis-a-vis leaders within the Karnataka Congress and the High command. His detractors would have to press the mute button for some time at least now. A weak 24, Akbar Road works to the CM’s advantage and he can use it to ward off pressure tactics of a G Parameshwara, the KPCC president, who wants to be deputy CM, home minister and also control Bangalore. But now with a 2-1 verdict under his belt, Siddaramaiah will not allow any such three-in-one desires of Parameshwara to take root at the Vidhana Soudha.
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For long, Siddaramaiah has been pilloried as an outsider to the Congress, seen with suspicion, asked to prove his loyalty all the time. His latest assertion that he will attend a function with PM Modi, as per protocol, is indicative of the fact that he will be his own man. But at the same time, like what is expected of a good Congressman, he gave the credit for today’s victory to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi along with the party workers and the government programmes. He knows you do not need to pay tax for lip service.
More than anything, the Karnataka verdict proved three things. One, that the Lok Sabha victory (17/28 seats) was largely due to Narendra Modi. Which is why a wily Ananth Kumar reduced the Ananth Kumar vs Nandan Nilekani contest in Bangalore (South) to a Nilekani vs Modi battle.
Two, the voter is extremely smart and politically savvy. He seems to be fairly happy with the performance of the state government in its first year and wants good governance for the next four years. Three, the BJP has a lot of work to do in Karnataka if it wants to re-enter its gateway to south India in 2018.

Will BSY’s homecoming help the BJP in Karnataka?


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“All is forgotten, come back home” was perhaps the missive sent out by the BJP to its prodigal son, B S Yeddyurappa. And after months of negotiations and apparently hard bargaining, Karnataka is all set to witness the return of the native. Yeddyurappa will be back with his Parivaar any time after Sankranti.
A year is a long time in politics and so it is in Yeddyurappa’s case. Last December, he had vowed to teach a lesson to the BJP. A feat he achieved when he played a part in reducing the numerical strength of the ruling party to just 40 seats in the Karnataka assembly. BSY took away 10 per cent of the vote and a significant part of the Lingayat votebank in May 2013 in the assembly polls, denting his parent party badly.
But having scarred himself in the bargain with just half a dozen seats to show, BSY had learnt his lesson too. That united we stand, divided we fall. The demands of arithmetic is what brought the BJP and Karnataka Janatha Paksha together. 
Add chemistry to the mix and the BJP reckons it has a winning formula at hand. In 2009, Karnataka returned impressive results for the BJP, winning 19 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats. Narendra Modi would hope for a repeat performance.
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But would it be that easy? The positives are most of the KJP cadre is from the BJP and therefore the party bosses believe there won’t be much of an issue in getting the understanding going at the ground level.
Two, the party believes the voters have already punished the BJP once in the assembly polls and would not do it a second time. Moreoever, this time, the BJP would go asking for a mandate to rule from Delhi and not from Bangalore and expect Karnataka voters to display sagacity while punching on the EVM.
The hitch however is that BSY, despite the High court ruling in his favour in the illegal mining case, still faces other cases relating to land scam. His entry gives the Congress a handle to attack the BJP with though the ruling party has blunted the possible sharpness of that offensive by inducting two `tainted’ leaders – DK Shivakumar and Roshan Baig – into the Siddaramaiah cabinet.
The BJP ploy will be to attack the UPA and the Siddaramaiah government aggressively in the run-up to the elections to corner the entire anti-Congress vote. With the open alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular) of Deve Gowda for the byelections in August in Karnataka failing to reap any benefits, it is unlikely that the BJP will repeat the mistake. However, do not rule out a tacit understanding to prevent a split in the opposition vote.
Meanwhile the Aam Aadmi getting traction in Bangalore could be a source of worry for the BJP. Several high-profile corporates like ex-Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan and founder of the `Aam Aadmi’ low-cost airline Air Deccan, Capt Gopinath, have joined the party in the last few days. And given AAP’s focus on corruption, the BJP would find it difficult to defend its decision to welcome BSY with open arms.
Both BSY and BJP have gone out of its way to emphasise that it is an unconditional homecoming. While that may mean that Yeddyurappa will neither be made the state party president nor the Leader of the Opposition, sources indicate that he is likely to head the campaign committee, a post that will give him a decisive say in the choice of candidates in the polls. One of them could be BSY himself, as he would like to be part of the power matrix in Delhi as state elections are still some time away.
It is quite evident that BSY and the likes of Ananth Kumar and Eshwarappa have decided to bury the hatchet for now, keeping the short-term goal of Mission 272 in mind. If the plans come unstuck, one could see a lot of vitriol on public display post May 2014. But if they manage to play a part in anointing Modi as PM, power as a glue should keep the flock together in the party.
Yeddyurappa’s grouse was that he was treated shabbily by the central leadership (read L K Advani). This time, he has chosen not to interact with Advani and is firmly in the Modi camp. That, he believes, will be his passport to re-emerging as a political force to reckon with in Karnataka.  

Karnataka’s tragic-comic hero


By T S Sudhir

Call him star struck or plain eccentric, B S Yeddyurappa took his obsession with Gods, stars and the almanac to a different level. All through his innings as chief minister of Karnataka, Yeddy interpreted the `God’s work is Government’s work’ line that is embossed at the entrance to the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore, quite literally. One must give credit to his hardworking persona that despite praying regularly to the 330 million Gods in the Hindu pantheon, he found time to focus on the lands and mines of Karnataka as well.

Politicians usually consult astrologers on when to assume office. Yeddy looking heavenwards to choose the time of departure is an interesting first. Of course, he is not going anywhere. The powerful Lingayat leader will breathe down the neck of whoever succeeds him as chief minister, hoping to be a Deve Gowda to a J H Patel.

I remember covering the election results in Bangalore in May 2008 when the BJP just about scraped past the half-way mark. That Yeddyurappa will be CM was never in doubt but even on day one, no one was willing to give him a full five years in power. His short temper will do him in, was the refrain. I wonder if Yeddy knew that as well which is why he was in a hurry to make the most of his time in the CMO.

Yeddy is a family man. Just like all politicians in India are. If the Lokayukta’s exhaustive report is anything to go by, he allowed his DNA to mine-d its business, clearly believing in the dictum that the family that mines together, stays together in Mauritius on a vacation.

The mistake we are however, making is to go for Yeddyurappa’s jugular as if he is only Mr Unclean in public life today. There are many others in similar starched whites who have been molesting the system but have gotten away because they `manage’ better. Yes, an example must be made of the high and mighty brought to book but if the optimistic view is that a new man in Karnataka would clean the stables, it is living in a fool’s paradise. Governments today are run by vested corporate lobbies, who through their tentacles that run deep in the corridors of power and the media, control the levers of administration. In most states, the contractor-turned-politician and the goonda-turned-politician has learnt that a mid career switch into politics is the best way to guard against a midlife crisis with the law.

Coming back to Yeddy, the man has hogged the headlines for over two weeks now with his kabha haan kabha naa on his resignation. My humble plea is that the next time Yeddyurappa is given any post in the BJP or the government, the party should take an undated resignation letter from him in advance. The country will be glad to miss his Shakespearean `to go or not to go’ act.

 

 

 

 

10 Janpath, bugged


By T S Sudhir

PM : Good evening Madam. I bring to you good news. Yeddyurappa has agreed to step down.

Sonia Gandhi : Namarste, Manmohhan Singhji. But yeh acchi khabarr kaise hai? If he had not agreed, it would have meant more trouble for the BJP and that would have been Advantage Kangress.

PM : Oh, yees. Dhat tere ki. Mainu political dimaag hi nahi hai.

Sonia : Yes. What do they say in your Poonjabi? Mooli ke paranthe khayiye.

PM : Sorry Madam. I will learn. I will also spend some time with Digvijay Singh ji for political gyaan.

Sonia : Yes, I have called Diggy also to this meeting. He should be coming any moment now.

PM : But Madamji, he is always taking care of Rahul Baba and giving statements saying Baba should move to 7, Race Course Road. My worry is that phir aap akeli pad jayengi.

Sonia : (gives PM a cold glare as Diggy walks in) Aayiye Digyvijay ji, Pradhanmantri ji abhi abhi aapkee tarrrrrreef karr rahe the.

Diggy : Thankyou sir. I try my best to be a good babysitter, Madam.

Sonia : Let us discuss Karnataka now.

PM : Yes Madam. So as I was saying Yeddyurappa will resign now. Should we send S M Krishna to Karnataka to lead the Congress there?

Sonia : No. He is nat willing to go. He instead wants to travel to Hislamabad. He has arranged to play tennis with Hina Rabbannni Khar. I think he will lose the game at love.

PM : (mutters under his breath) I think he has already.

Diggy : If I may submit, let’s send Sharad Pawar and Farooq Abdullah too. They can play cricket and golf as well. Sporting ties are always good.

Sonia : Ok. Yes, tell Kapil Sibal not to talk about Karnataka. He will do some silly calculation and say Yeddy caused zero loss to the state exchequer.

PM : Yes Madam, I will SMS Sibal. He is hardworking but thoda Maths me kaccha hai.

Sonia : OK. What news from Tihar? That Raja created a scare by naming you.

PM : That is not a problem Madam. Actually, all this while, everyone was saying I don’t do any work. But Raja said I took some decision. Isn’t that positive?

Sonia : Ok ok, if you insist. Aapko Raajneeti bilkul nahi aati. Tell me, is it true that Suresh Kalmadi has forgotten everything?

PM : Kabhi haa kabhi naa. Short term memory loss lagta hai Madam. Memory is a very funny thing. I myself forget I am the PM of India. Even Krishna forgets. That’s why he read the Portugal minister’s speech. Haw haw haw.

Sonia : Good joke, Man ji. Aapka sense of humour is improving.

Diggy : Now Kalmadi has said his only problem is with the heart. What he means to say is that man Tihar mein nahi lagta. I have already declared him innocent. I think it was Nagpur’s conspiracy to implicate Kalmadi since he is from Pune.

Sonia : (ignoring his theory) By the way who is dis Rakhi Sawant?

PM : Naam sunayi padta hai. Is she a minister in my cabinet?

Sonia : (gives PM a stern look) No, apparently she said she was in love with Rahul Baba earlier and now she is in love with Baba Ramdev.

PM : Oye teri. From Baba to Baba.

Sonia : And she has also said “Meri Sonia Gandhi ke saath daal nahin galegi”. That’s so offensive. I always make pasta at home.

Diggy : This is so insulting. How can any girl reject Rahul? And that too for Ramdev. Ghor apmaan. (Turning to PM) Sir, kuch karna padega

PM : Main kya kar sakta hoon ji

Diggy : Can’t we book her under any section? Quickly.

PM : No idea

Diggy : So get idea. hee hee hee.

Sonia : No reference to that Bollywood family in my home, Digvijayji.

Diggy : Sorry Madam. (starts to surf the net on his mobile) Ah yes, Madam, yeh to wonderful hai. Disproportionate assets ka case to bilkul banta hai. Under section 36C.

PM : Yeh ED ka case ya CBI ka. FERA violation ya FEMA.

Sonia : Oh Manmohhanji, don’t take so much strain of work on your head. Not good for you. But this case sounds funny, I must say.

Diggy : No Madam, let us proceed. This is a plot of civil society to undermine our authority by making Rakhi Sawant say she finds Ramdev Hot-ter.

PM : Even Pranab da found him hot to handle ji

Sonia : Too many people calling Baba names. That Kerala man, what was hisss name, yes, V S Achooothanandan, uff what a long name, he called Rahul an Amul Baby.

Diggy : But this Rakhi Sawant will set an unhealthy precedent, Madam. We should act immediately.

PM : Haan ji. Gursharan also always advocates a strong line. Baby, err, I mean Baba so gaye kya?

Sonia : No, I am waiting for him to get back. He has gone for an evening walk. I hope he does not get lost and step into Uttar Pradesh. Will you go and search for him and get him back, Manmohan ji, if you are not too busy?

PM : Me, beejee, never. I will go right away Madam. At your service. Good night.

Diggy : I will come with you Manmohan ji. I know his regular haunts in Noida. Good night Madam

Sonia : Good night.

(We would like to inform our readers that a probe has been ordered into how this conversation was recorded and leaked out. Sonia Gandhi suspects the PM has started chewing gum and has asked him to either lose the habit or his job. Digvijay suspects an RSS hand. Watch this space for more)

Karnataka’s can of political worms


By T S Sudhir

Like the soap operas on Sun TV, where once every few weeks, there is a flare-up, with the mother-in-law banishing the daughter-in-law (or vice versa), the curtains have gone up on yet another Act in the Karnataka nataka. The latest kahaani me twist, of course, is more “explosive”. For the salvo is not fired by the unofficial leader of the Opposition, Governor H R Bharadwaj, but the Lokayukta, Justice Santosh Hegde.

The Lokayukta is reported to have named chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, former CM H D Kumaraswamy, the infamous Bellary brothers, two more ministers and a senior Congress leader. Staying true to the adage that the family that “eats” together, stays together, the CM’s son and son-in-law also have been named. For in a very Kalaignar TV style operation, 10 crore rupees were reportedly `donated’ by a mining company to a trust owned by the CM’s family. The report says the loss to the state’s exchequer from illegal mining is 1827 crore rupees in 14 months between April 2009 and May 2010. The soot from the Bellary mining scam has blackened the face of Karnataka.

But what’s new, you may ask. True, the report only puts in black and white what has been the talk on the street for quite many months now. That Karnataka politicians are out to Bangalore the state. That Karnataka has given the traditionally bad image states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh a run for their money. Munni badnaam huwi, Karnataka tere liye.

The BJP has reacted pathetically, saying there is nothing new in the report. Old Bellary in new Hegde. The party is more bothered about how the report got leaked and not about Hedge’s allegation that his phones have been tapped.

I hope the Congress, the BJP and Deve zzzzz Gowda’s Janata Dal don’t use the occasion to score brownie points. Iss Hamaam me sab nange and it is high time, the civil society of Karnataka says no to this crass nudity.

Now that Yeddyurappa’s Mauritius holiday has been ruined, he should come back and get out of his job. He has brought enough ignominy to himself, his chair, his party and the state. The BJP has shown to what level it can stoop to save its gateway to south India, by sending V Dhananjay Kumar to allegedly “intimidate” Justice Hege to ensure he does not mention Yeddy in the report. The party would do well to put its spokespersons on mute for a while and focus on cleaning up its home. Though with Yeddy and the Bellary wealth gone, BJP may well shut shop in Karnataka.

Deve Gowda and Sons have proved that they have the best interests of everyone in mind. Everyone in their family, I mean. I suspect Gowda will play the humble farmer card once again. Ignore him. It has been 14 years since he spoke of rising like a phoenix from the ashes. The ashes have turned cold.

And the Congress, waiting in the wings, too has got its `hand’ dirty in the till. Though I dread the cocky sneer that Manish Tewari will have on his face tonight. But with `Portugal’ S M Krishna as its tallest leader, it doesn’t have a hope in hell to occupy Vidhana Soudha. Siddharamaiah, the other aspirant, has too many crabs in the Congress to contend with, to emerge a winner.

Karnataka doesn’t deserve this. A bout of President’s rule, albeit under a non-partisan, apolitical, dynamic Governor will do the state a world of good. And Bharadwaj should be put on the next flight back to Delhi.

 

For the last many years, Karnataka’s politicians have ruled by hook or by crook. It is time to organise a get together for the crooks.

 

 

Bhagwaan Bharose Karnataka


By T S Sudhir

 

Move over Governor H R Bharadwaj, Karnataka is now truly Bhagwaan Bharose. At 10 am on June 27, Lord Manjunatha temple at Dharmasthala, a famous pilgrim town (275 km from Bangalore) in Dakshina Kannada district, will get sucked into the acrimonious war of words between chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and his arch rival, H D Kumaraswamy.


Before you say, Oh God, what is this new nataka now, this is the long story cut short. HDK accused Yeddy of sending an emissary, Leher Singh, to buy peace with money. As the charge created political ripples, an incensed CM challenged film producer-turned-politician HDK to do a retake of the allegation before Lord Manjunatha.

 

Why Lord Manjunatha? Well, the belief is that persons who have knowingly lied do not come for ‘nyaya teermana’ (justice and judgement) to Dharmasthala. And even if they do, they do not summon the courage to repeat the lie before the deity.

 

In keeping with the emblem at the entrance to the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore, which says `Government’s work is God’s work’, three ministers R Ashoka, B N Bacchegowda and Somanna got busy with fixing the date for the temple face-off. And once Monday was decided as the D-day, an enthusiastic Kumaraswamy declared he will be there at the temple on the evening of June 26 itself.

Yeddy, who reportedly spent 75 lakh rupees of public money on advertisements in newspapers to throw his challenge, is on a weak wicket, with Leher Singh admitting he met HDK casually, though no attempt to influence was made. Will these half-truths work in the Lord’s court, one is not sure.

 

Kumaraswamy doesn’t enjoy a great reputation for keeping his word either. After he formed a coalition with the BJP in 2006 where in the arrangement was that he would be CM for 20 months and BSY for the next twenty, he pulled the plug the moment his tenure was over.

 

For a beleagured BJP, having to deal with its Achilles heel in Yeddy, this could be the last prayer upwards. Everytime the BJP cries hoarse about the UPA’s track record on corruption, the Congress asks it to look at its own backyard in Karnataka. The worthless semantics between the two parties do not amuse the common man in Bangalore, Mysore, Raichur and Mangalore. He is more worried about governance in Karnataka that has been reduced to a joke, though the BJP may point to its performance in recent byelections, where it scored impressive victories.
Karnataka Tourism’s tagline is `One state. Many worlds !’ I am pretty sure Yeddy takes it quite literally as he gives Karnataka and India a glimpse of the victories he would hope to score in various worlds. Lord Manjunatha, here we come !