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.