24 November, 2020

Flip A Coin

The JD-S volte face is just proof of its instinct for survival

Saibal Das
Flip A Coin
On October 19, exactly a week before the JD(S) managed an amazing turnaround and declared its "unconditional support" to the BJP, it issued a verbose, full-page advertisement in all major Kannada dailies chargesheeting that party on 26 counts. Besides the usual charges of corruption, communalism and collusion with those working against Karnataka's 'interests', it said B.S. Yediyurappa, the man it now supports as CM, was one of the "worst finance ministers ever" in the country's legislative history. He was portrayed a buffoon without the capacity to comprehend even the most basic procedures.

Why, a week, even a day before Kumaraswamy handed over his party's letter of support to the governor, the powerful 'Bellary brigade' of the BJP, which had been raided by the IT department, had resorted to the most heinous terms to describe the Gowda family. They held the family responsible for the raids and swore revenge. The whole party, including Yediyurappa, had gone to town over the Rs 150-crore mining bribe and murder charges against Kumaraswamy,...


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