24 January, 2021

How The Southern Portal Crashed

Yediyurappa’s hubris helps mark the end of a discordant five years of saffron rule

How The Southern Portal Crashed

Saffron’s Eight Sins

What went against the BJP

  • Subversion of 2008 mandate ‘Operation Kamala’, getting elec­ted Congress MLAs to resign and contest on a BJP ticket to shore up numbers, insulted the voter
  • ‘Resort’ politics Every few months, BJP loyalists and dissidents in blackmailing moves were pushing off to plush clubs and resorts with scant concern for public perception
  • Corruption The mining scams of the Reddy brothers in Bellary and the denotification of land in other cities, sent several ministers and even CM Yediyurappa to jail
  • Casteism Under Yediyurappa, the BJP put all its eggs in Lingayat basket, even replacing D.V. Sadananda Gowda with Jagadish Shettar to keep the community happy
  • Sex scandals An MLA’s wife commits suicide in Delhi, another MLA caught smooching a nurse, three MLAs caught watching porn in the legislature, a minister accused of sleeping...


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