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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 Outlook Wires
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!
July 25, 2011
Will be Chief Minister for 2 more years: Defiant Yeddyurappa (NDTV news)
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: via @AddThis
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.

Karnataka politics on second gear

Is this the end of the road for the Reddy brothers? That they too seem to have decided is in the hands of god. Nevertheless, given the power of money, and they have a lot of it, it seems a bit far-fetched that the end is near.

But there's been one change that bodes well for Karnataka: a rapprochement between Siddaramaiah and the Janata Dal (S), read the Gowda family.

The united show put up by the Congress and the JD(S) in the Karnataka Assembly must be more worrying for Yeddyurappa than the constant sniping the Reddy brothers have made him endure.

Given precedent, one wouldn't be faulted to think that this bonhomie might be a short-lived one. There have been so many instances when the need for the JD(S) and the Congress to work in the tandem have been squandered. The result largely of bruised egos unable to let bygones be bygones. It was a very personal falling out, after all. I allude to the exit of people like Siddaramaiah.

That is why when a picture in the newspaper showed Siddaramaiah walking out of the Assembly hall in concert with H D Revanna, one can't help feel a bit relieved, hopeful.

The rise of the BJP in Karnataka is not only because of the squabbles between the secular parties. It would be naive to assume that, of course. But the disunity has definitely given the saffron outfit more than a edge.

Now, one is assuming that the Janata Dal (Secular) is secular because they are currently neither propping up the BJP government nor are running a government with the BJP. There are no guarantees either that they will not go back to being friends of the BJP in some future dispensation. The Gowda family are given to such swings – not wild by their standards.

There were distinct alternatives in Karnataka's politics with the rise of the Centre-right Janata parivar. The alternatives were for the people as well as politicians. The Left has been pretty small in the State. But the vice-like grip of the Gowda family over the Janata heritage has left no alternatives for ex-Janata stalwarts but to join the Congress.

Siddaramaiah, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly is from the Congress, but was once the most promising leader of the Janata Dal. The bitter falling apart of the Siddaramaiah and Deve Gowda is one big reason that has stymied any chance of a joint anti-BJP front by these two parties in Karnataka. There are other reasons too of course, but Siddaramaiah as a prominent Congress leader is one big problem.

The Reddy's and their machinations have been crass and incorrigible enough for the Gowdas and the ex-Janata Congressmen to bury the hatchet. It will yield results for the two parties. More importantly the communal brigade will struggle to stay in power, if not be completely defeated.

Some might even think that the end of the loot of the State that the Reddys have indulged is the more important than the defeat of communal forces. That position isn't much of a problem as long as the saffron brigade is kept away from the corridors of power.