06 August, 2021

Baby In The Drive

Shobha Karandlaje, BSY’s pointswoman, is central to the crisis

Baby In The Drive

To the long list of single, ambitious women in our politics, add another name, Shobha Karandlaje. The panchayati raj and rural development minister in B.S. Yediyurappa’s crisis-ridden cabinet—and the chief target of the BJP dissidents—may not be a Mayawati or Jayalalitha yet, but it’s certainly not for lack of self-belief. After all, Karnataka’s never produced a leading political lady and she believes that her acumen and Sangh affiliations will take her there one day.

Even in this hour of siege (Karandlaje’s obsessively bitter colleagues in the BJP have spread rumours about her decade-old ‘professional relationship’ with BSY, even accusing her of being a “consort and a super CM”), she’s handled the burden of charges with a brave face. Politics is a difficult profession for women, she says, the moment you step out people start talking and make the strangest of insinuations. Her pragmatism is clear in her words: “I have risen from the ranks. I may be close to the CM,...

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