Endgame: Yeddyurappa and the scam on Karnataka

Yeddyurappa is not one to give up without a fight. The man nor his supports thought ‘Operation Lotus’ politically repugnant. His moral compass for long seems have have lost its bearings. Will the much-awaited Lokayukta report prove his undoing?

Finally, BJP decides to drop tainted Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa – The Times of India

BJP has decided to drop B S Yeddyurappa as chief minister of Karnataka as the price for stepped up campaign against Congress on the issue of corruption.
As is his wont Yeddyurappa’s stands strong:
Yeddyurappa Writes to Gadkari, Refuses to Step Down http://bit.ly/pcYVxa Outlook Wires
Outlookindia
July 25, 2011

Grapevine has it that Shobha Karandlaje is Yeddyurappa’s preferred successor in the event his position becomes untenable, and that the Mauritius jaunt was ostensibly meant to convince his family to “allow” it.
But here’s another take on it: 

Mauritius is a Tax & Black Money haven. Guess Yeddyurappa & Sons Holiday at this crucial time was only a facade for “his” Serious Business!
jairajp
July 25, 2011
Will be Chief Minister for 2 more years: Defiant Yeddyurappa (NDTV news) http://bit.ly/r2sIlz
webmeme
July 25, 2011
Karnataka politics takes centre-stage nationally. I reckon it will be so for the rest of the week.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has challenged state Lokayukta Santosh Hegde asking why he spoke about his report on illegal mining before actually making it public. The report indicts Mr Yeddyurappa for allowing illegal mining in the state during his term as Chief Minister.
Jaskaran Singh
July 24, 2011
‘Let Krishna-led panel probe phone-tapping’ | Yeddyurappa | Phone-tapping | The New Indian Express: http://t.co/ce926m5 via @AddThis
NewIndianXpress
July 25, 2011
The final arbiters have to get into the act soon.

For those who want to dig deeper, here are two recent articles in EPW:

The Trouble with Yeddyurappa

James Manor ( [email protected] ) is with the School of Advanced Study, University of London, London, UK. In late 1994, I interviewed two committed young Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists in Bangalore. The party had greatly increased its popular vote in the state election earlier that year and appeared poised to become a major force in Karnataka’s politics.
The Micro-Politics of Vote Banks in Karnataka

EPW announces the launch of a new biannual review, the Review of Urban Affairs (RUA).The RUA will be published twice a year, in the last week of July and the last week of November. The first issue of the RUA will be published on 30 July.