23 January, 2021

Bull's Eye

In these depressing times of widespread dishonesty there remains at least one politician transparently honest: Deve Gowda.

Bull's Eye
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The BJP-JD(S) coalition saga produced one great result. It succeeded in revealing to the world that in these depressing times of widespread dishonesty there remains at least one politician transparently honest. One refers, of course, to Deve Gowda.

He had a pact with the BJP to relinquish power midway in the Karnataka coalition government’s tenure. He did not do so. He said that the BJP was converting Karnataka into a laboratory of Hindutva. Therefore, he would not surrender power to the BJP. Instead, he tried to forge an alliance with the Congress. According to an unconfirmed version, the Congress told his partymen that it would consider an alliance with them minus Papa Gowda and Son CM. According to this account, it so infuriated Papa that he retorted, "Before making such demands, why doesn’t Congress first get rid of Mama Sonia and Son Rahul?"

After this rebuff, Gowda went back to the BJP showing readiness to honour the original power-sharing agreement. So now did he find the BJP worth supporting, journalists sarcastically asked?...

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