24 November, 2020

Enemy At The Gate

The Congress messes up in AP and Karnataka. In Orissa, it already had.

Saibal Das
Enemy At The Gate
outlookindia.com
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Will it be a 3-0 sweep for the NDA in the assembly polls in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa? Naveen Patnaik and the BJD-BJP combine's victory is seen as a certainty by observers in Bhubaneswar. Alarm bells are ringing for the Congress in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh too—and to think that only a few months ago the party seemed to be at an advantage in both these states. But today the prognosis does not appear that bright.

In Karnataka, the Congress' worries are getting multiplied by the day. This is perhaps reflected in the party's billboards which have sprung up across Bangalore. They portray a pensive S.M. Krishna with his hand on his chin—the chief minister looks as if he is concerned about Karnataka's path of progress. But in a season of thick political calculations it could also be read as a more personal source of tension: wondering about what is in store. For, drought and anti-incumbency weighing down on him, Krishna is under pressure to perform in the assembly as well as the Lok Sabha polls.

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