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Democracy Farce

The power tussle in Karnataka would have been amusing to watch but for the abuse it denotes of the Constitution and all norms of democracy.

Neither of the principal participants in the political drama that has morbidly held the imagination of the people of Karnataka and indeed of the country these past few months has emerged with its honour intact. Nor for that matter has the Congress, a bit player in the democracy farce in the state but with enough of a stake to want to fish in troubled waters.

Except for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faithful, few in Karnataka perhaps expected that the party would finally realise its long cherished ambition of heading the government in Karnataka. In normal circumstances, and had the party been a “normal” political party, this it should have done early last month, in terms of the power/office sharing arrangement that the BJP and the Janata Dal (Secular) [JD(S)] had entered into in March 2005, instead of having been made to wait for over three weeks. In the event, the government headed by the BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa lasted all but seven days.

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