Ad Here  
November
December
January
February
March
April
 
 
A blueprint for the future Land acquisition policy is ahead of national policy... Promise of a productive year Oh, la la. Reducing carbon footprint... Thalaivaa Technology has raised the bar... Bringing magic of Rajasthan alive ‘E’ for enterprise State Forward Global Investors Meet Post Poned TN to suffer serious loss KTR releases Annual Report Enticing pest traps Time to wake up With agriculture at its heart... Winds of change... Bus services hit When business flocks to MP... Come to Tamil Nadu where the action is... Of development and welfare SIPB clears big proposals It’s Karnataka chalo for Amit Shah? Land scams rock AP & TS A giant push for millets Green crimes galore States - Odisha Mango Diplomacy Wouldn’t the Mahatma like clean restrooms in our cities! Bifurcation yet to end water wars Bhubaneswar IIT cries for completion Infrastructure to the FORE A neta at it again! Doubling production and tripling farmers’ income... A year of Telangana CII to set up tourism bureaus Power for all TN to suffer serious loss Infra boost to the new capital KCR’s I-day bonanza States Roundup Deputy Collector Sindhu! State under siege KNPP with the grid Fanciful Rao and tech-savvy Naidu Enchanting and enterprising Tamil Nadu Industrial corridors to boost economy Monsoon fury MCL has a taste of judicial activism! Waste disposal model Divide & Prosper Inter-State boundary Global meets galore Stirring the political cauldron Miners asked to pay more Nod to cow slaughter bill Municipal Elections Flurry of collaborations inked by AP Vedanta to close Lanjigarh refinery City of foaming lakes and fire All these happened in TN… It indeed is attractive for investments Development depends on land availability... An industrious idea Lingayats get a reminder: it’s poll time Illegal mining of sand Why the Congress won in Karnataka Hype on Hyperloop Leaky old lorries, mini cabs for techies... Tasks for the new government Competing for good: Tale of two states TN can leverage NLC’s strengths... States - Kerala Kochi Metro Rail Project Pioneering education model Benevolent businessthan... ODISHA Strike over salary hike Info-Park, more space More government apps MOUs worth Rs.10.54 lakh crore signed Homestays, a budding tourism industry Launch of ins vikrant, India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier AP in better shape State of the States
 
Why the Congress won in Karnataka
SOME TIME IN 2008, the people of Karnataka allowed the lotus to bloom on its own for the first time in South India.
Five years and three chief ministers later, the BJP proved that it could be as asinine as the Congress when it comes to corruption, chopping heads and running dictums via a High Command. And unlike the Congress, it could also talk ‘holy shit.’

When Yeddyurappa was caught with his hand in the till, the BJP looked the other way. And those are not my words but that of L K Advani. Stripped totally of shame, Arun Jaitley had famously refused to sack the then chief minister claiming that the municipal elections were around. And coming from a man who talks of ‘Korapsion’ at the drop of a hat, this revealed the true colours of the ‘party with a difference’.  

What gets to the goat of most people who look for an alternative to the Congress is the sheer arrogance of the BJP. It can talk against corruption with a straight face while sitting on a hotbed of corruption on its own. There is just too much of hot air. You preach probity in public life but practise just the opposite.     

Not just that. The BJP strongman (both literally and figuratively) Narendra Modi kept his channels of communication open with Yeddy. Remarkably enough, as Advani says, it was not BJP that threw out Yeddy; it was the other way round. Let that pass.  There are many reasons for the BJP rout in Karnataka.

One, the people of the state are tired of this party. Funnily, the BJP is seeing political juice in this. It now believes that this is the proof that people will throw out corrupt politicians. And that this would play out in the Centre in 2014 to the BJP’s benefit. What a wonderful way of testing out that which is common knowledge!

A second reason is the split in the BJP vote because of the walking out of Yeddy. Coolly, the BJP is holding out that its total vote share had fallen only by 2 per cent; that is if you take the Yeddy’s votes as well. This is what one could call hunt with the hare and run with the hound. Take credit for dropping him and then adding his booty to your account. It’s exactly this kind of talk that gets to people’s goat.

Three, the Congress got its electoral arithmetic right. By capturing the imagination of the OBC, Dalits and Muslims through strategic electoral alliance and with the BJP throwing in the towel even before the game began, the Congress victory was a foregone conclusion. More importantly, it also sent out the message that Narendra Modi’s appeal stayed with Gujarat.

Finally, it was not that the Congress deserved to win. South India’s inexorable anti-incumbency factor worked in its  favor. Remember, in Tamil Nadu and Kerala the principal parties have alternated in power. And now that’s happened in Karnataka.

There are a few things that Indian voters today desire. The voter may not be straight, honest or an achiever; but he expects his leaders to be straight, honest and an achiever. If the Congress is to get it right, it needs to do a few things correct. Like:

•    It needs to ensure discipline in administration. In fighting should be dealt
     with a firm hand and decisions need to be taken in Bangalore, not in New 
     Delhi.
•    The State is crying for infrastructural improvements. The roads are in a holy
      mess. Quickly set it right. And bring the Metro to Bangalore ASAP.
•    Industrial climate needs to get more investor- friendly in the land that was
     once touted as India’s silicon valley.  
If the state is seen to be honest and responsive, people will vote for it with a massive mandate.

Reported On :
Sector :
Shoulder :
RELATED NEWS
ABOUT IE
IE, the business magazine from south was launched in 1968 and pioneered business journalism in south. Through the 45 years IE has been focusing on well-presented and well-researched articles. When giants in the industry stumbled to keep pace with the digital revolution, IE stayed affixed embracing technology.
Read more
 
PRIVACY POLICY
Economist Communications Ltd is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.
Read more
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
You agree that your use of this Website and the purchase of the magazine will be governed by these terms and conditions.
Read more
 
CONTACT US
S-15, Industrial Estate,
Guindy,
Chennai - 600 032.
PHONE: +91 44 22501236
EMAIL: indecom1968@gmail.com