15 June, 2021

Reading The Cha

Muslims seem to have coalesced around the congress, perhaps why Kumaraswamy lost Ramanagara.

Reading The Cha

It’s an election nobody wanted. Already plagued by years of dissension and splits, corruption scandals and bad governance, the ruling BJP didn’t need a mirror to see the abscess on its palm. The Congress, patiently waiting for the BJP to self-destruct, didn’t want any signs of an upswing in its fortunes to be sighted before the assembly elections. For others, like the JD(S), KJP and the BSR Congress, this was an unnecessary exercise before the state elections as their performance would have to match their stated ambitions and the state-wide political base they claimed.

Only the Supreme Court’s insistence led to the holding of the elections. Even the state assembly would have been dissolved by now but for the desire on the part of the MLAs to get funds released from this year’s budget and undertake some more development activities before the end of March. Chief minister Jagadish Shettar too wanted to present his maiden budget and use that opportunity to woo voters with populist programmes.

With only one-fifth of the voters stating...

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