The Election Commission of India has told the Supreme Court that it is opposed to the idea of candidates contesting from two seats. It said that a few months after the election, the candidate forfeits one seat as a result of which a by-poll needs to hold and this adds to the burden of the exchequer.
I am not in the race for the post of next President of India, former Prime Minister of India, H D Deve Gowda has said. I have been contacted by a couple of political parties on the Presidential elections, but I have refused to take part in the race, Gowda who is also the supremo of the Janata Dal (S) said.
While the Bharatiya Janata Party banks heavily on the Narendra Modi wave in Karnataka, former Chief Minister and Janata Dal (S) leader, H D Kumaraswamy says that this wave is artificial. Kumaraswamy is confident that the JD(S) would be part of the government to be formed at the Centre.
In this interview with rediff.com Kumaraswamy, the son of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda says that both the Congress and BJP say Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi will be Prime Minister respectively, but what I want to ask all of them is are we not there?
Is the JD(S) ready to support the candidature of J Jayalalithaa as Prime Minister?
My father Deve Gowda had said that she is welcome to be the Prime Minister. He had said that he wholeheartedly supports the candidature of Jayalalithaa for the Prime Minister’s post provided such a favorable political mobilization takes place. Whether or not she would become Prime Minister would entirely depend on the numbers she has at the end of the elections. Deve Gowda had also said let Nitish Kumar or Mulayam Singh also become the Prime Minister.
There has been a hue and cry over the security aspect of Narendra Modi and several questions have been raised as to why he is not provided the same sort of security which a Prime Minister or a Sonia Gandhi are provided.
C D Sahay former Research and Analysis Wing chief says that the SPG act came into force following the assassination of Indira Gandhi. When it was packaged, I remember clearly that it had become a family specific thing. In short the SPG was created for a particular family only. Although there were no other leaders at that time who faced the same kind of threat at that time, it is unfortunate that over the years it was never reviewed and continued to remain position and not person specific. This continued and the likes of Deve Gowda, I K Gujral, Chandrashekhar and their families also availed the benefit of such security, Sahay says.
All possible combinations to defeat the Congress in the two by elections fell flat. Both Congress candidates, D Suresh and Ramya beat their rivals in the Deve Gowda led Janata Dal (S) by huge margins.
Although right from the start it was clear that the Congress would win, there were egos and prestige at stake. Anita Kumaraswamy wife of H D Kumaraswamy and daughter in law of Deve Gowda was up against D Suresh of the Congress. Anita who had lost the assembly elections needed a win to save her political career. Moreoever it was a battle for the Vokkaliga votes between the two parties. Gowda who is called as the champion of the Vokkaliga could do little to salvage pride.
There has always been a question mark on giving tickets to the children of politicians. Now with political parties making attempts to do away with dynasty politics, the leaders in Karnataka have chosen another way to bring their sons or daughter into the forefront- Make them work for it.
The campaign of many major leaders in Karnataka is being led by their kith and kin. These leaders feel that their children should work with them so that when they seek a ticket, it should appear as though they have earned it and the same has not been passed on.
There are protests galore in Karnataka over the Cauvery issue and there appears to be no solution in sight with farmers only intensifying their protest with each passing day. The Cauvery Waters issue has always been political in Karnataka and those who have defied Tamil Nadu’s demands have always made gains politically.
A question that many would ask is why the BJP in Karnataka did not capitalise on the issue and defy the release of water. While any such move by Karnataka would have earned the wrath of the Supreme Court, it would have still have been beneficial for any party politically.
The fact is that the Karnataka BJP which rules Karnataka had first planned on defying the order of the Cauvery River Waters Authority which ordered the release of 9000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu. Even after the Supreme Court rap, many leaders in the state had said that they should stand by the demands of the farmers and defy the order even at the risk of losing power. Continue reading “Why the BJP did not make the Cauvery issue political?”
Pranab Mukherjee the President in waiting dodged all questions pertaining to politics and said I am no longer a minister. He was in Bangalore to interact with the electoral college seeking support for his candidature as President of India.
When asked about the weak rupee and the economy, he said, I am no longer the finance minister and hence I cannot comment on any issue.
Pranab was however hopeful and stated that almost all political parties have endorsed his candidature. Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda too has supported me. I am confident that all parties will support me, he also said. I would also appeal to all parties which have not decided as yet to take a decision to support me. That includes Mamta Banerjee too, he said at Bangalore.
The verdict freeing former Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa from the illegal mining report will change the political weather in Karnataka once again. Yeddyurappa who was ousted thanks to him finding his name in the illegal mining report has been making a strong pitch to reinstate him as the CM of Karnataka once again, a move that has been opposed by the party’s central leadership.
Today however the case for Yeddyurappa has become even stronger and his followers have decided to up the ante once again. Yeddyurappa and his followers had planned a mammoth rally in Hubli, Karnataka on March 11. However this rally which was threatening to be a no show is now expected to be gala event thanks to this verdict which made Yeddyurappa stronger in his party.
The battle within the BJP in Karnataka would become even more interesting now. The question is whether they would reinstate Yeddyurappa immediately thanks to this verdict. The answer would however be no and he may have to wait for sometime more before his dream of ruling Karnataka is realised once again. The thinking in the party leadership at the moment is that he still has a couple of cases pertaining to denotification against him. Even if they were to make the CM now, there is always this danger of those pending cases coming back to bite him. The BJP would then find itself in a very embarrassing position even they have to ask him to step down once again.
The leadership has decided to wait it out now and will eventually tell Yeddyurappa, “ you have waited six months, why don’t you wait some more time?” Yeddyurappa too is expected to fall in line as he today believes that the BJP does need him to win an election for them. Moreover even the party leadership does realise today that they need Yeddyurappa and they themselves would pray that he is cleared in all cases in the next couple of months so that they could hand over the charge to him.
If Yeddyurappa is cleared then the BJP would without blinking an eye lid reinstate him. Keeping Yeddyurappa out of power does have a lot of disadvantages for the BJP. He has this nuisance value that does not let the rest of the party work in peace. He is still a hit with the Lingayats who constitute a major vote share in Karnataka. He is quite popular with the rural voters even till date.
However the central leadership which always knew the importance of Yeddyurappa has also managed to drive the point across to the big man in the Karnataka BJP. He had become very arrogant and had started to think that he is invincible. However his ouster and the party’s adamant attitude not to reinstate him has mellowed him down a great deal. He has also learnt that he cannot get away with anything and will need to focus a great deal on administration in case he has to survive.
Yeddyurappa may wait a while more and if at all he finds that things are not going his way in the BJP he may just quit when the elections are round the corner. The BJP did realise that losing Yeddyurappa would mean losing 60 seats and in the past few days one got to see Sadananda Gowda cozying up to JD(S) supermo Deve Gowda. The thinking in one part of the BJP was that if they manage to enter into an alliance with the JD(S) they would still be able to sustain power in case Yeddyurappa pulled out. Yeddyurappa however changed his stance and stopped threatening to quit and decided to stay put in the BJP.