21 January, 2021

That Dull Drone From Bangalore

The death of an IAS officer—and a CM’s inability to shine for the Congress party

That Dull Drone From Bangalore


The life and soporific times of Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

  • Siddaramaiah, who was previously with Deve Gowda’s JD (S), elected CLP leader after Congress win in 2012
  • After initial hoopla, the Kurubalea­der is seen to run a largely lacklustre Congress administration. No big ideas.
  • Spearheaded a coalition of minorities, Dalits and backward clas­ses. But now, caste is the defining currency.
  • The ruling Congress is also split between longtime loyalists and recent entrants to the party, like the CM.
  • Siddaramaiah’s unmedia-savvy demeanour—brusque, arrogant and abrupt—has created many detractors
  • A scandal around allotment of land in the Arkavathi colony has become ammunition for CM’s rivals
  • The CM aligns himself only with those he is comfortable with. There’s hardly anyone to defend him.



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