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Yeddyurappa and Karnataka - 1

This is with reference to the commentary “The Trouble with Yeddyurappa” by James Manor (26 March 2011). The author, as we know from his work, is known for sound analyses of the political scenario. However, in this specific case, he does not appear to be convincing. The article relies heavily on the print media, which has not always been impartial. Manor categorically states that B S Yeddyurappa and his party are “despondent”, “arrogant” and “stupid”. The 20-20 understanding the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had with the Janata Dal of Kumaraswamy clearly sounded opportunistic. Nonetheless, this proves a point, and refutes the claim of being “despondent” as Yeddyurappa stretched himself beyond his ambitions and stayed as deputy chief minister. He moved further and took the bold step of contesting in the elections only when the 20-20 deal collapsed and came back strongly with a mandate which endorsed his leadership in the state. Manor has failed to analyse this particular aspect which has subsequently led to Yeddyurappa becoming arrogant. This has something to do with the confidence he has gained over the last decade and a half of being at the helm of affairs of the party. Indeed, he has become overconfident on attaining a position he would never have dreamt of.

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