03 August, 2021

Mysore Masala

Both Congress, BJP are mired in scams as polls loom

Saibal Das
Mysore Masala
Decibel levels are rising in Karnataka, a state which now seems headed for simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls. And there's plenty of mud-slinging to go with it, since both the Congress and the BJP look tainted by scams. If the Telgi stamp scandal has damaged the Congress, the HUDCO scam involving state unit president and Union cabinet discard Ananth Kumar has the BJP on the backfoot. The result: a war of words followed by protests and counter-protests by both the Congress and the BJP.

Earlier, it was thought the Janata Dal would also be a key player. The JD(S) headed by ex-PM H.D. Deve Gowda, in particular, was seen to be making gains. But it now appears that the BJP and the Congress can offset this because of confusion among the other Janata splinter groups led by S.R. Bommai and Vijay Mallya. Thus, the continuous efforts of Gowda, who worked hard to garner support among the farming community, seem to have been in vain. In fact, there is even talk that some of his partymen may switch either to the Congress or the BJP.

Not that the BJP is on a sound wicket. The...

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