tathaastu says Offstumped

Karnataka power transfer drama got a fresh twist on Thursday. Chief Minister Kumaraswamy has now said that if the situation continues he will break his promise to the BJP and face elections. The new twist comes after he called a cabinet meeting for Friday morning 9:30am though 17 BJP ministers had already tendered their resignation from the cabinet to force transfer of power according to the agreement reached with Yeduriyappa in 2006.

Meanwhile Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa of BJP was in Delhi along with state party chief D.V. Sadananda Gowda to attend the party’s parliamentary board meeting Thursday. Deve Gowda was camping in Delhi and was scheduled to meet Rajnath Singh on saturday morning.

The sequence of events in Karnataka and Delhi on the face of it are not making much sense. But then when it comes to all matters suffering the dark shadow of Deve Gowda one must look beyond the obvious.CNN-IBN ran a story on how many JD-S MLAs were keen on transfer of power to BJP and reluctant to impose a mid-term poll.

It is clear the father-son duo acting in tandem are upping the ante to drive a hard bargain in the face of doubts and anxieties within their camp. While their public pronouncements have been about the campaign being run by leaders of the Bellary Unit of the BJP against HDK it must be noted that this pow-wow with MLC Janardhana Reddy has been ongoing for a long time now. While it makes for a convenient excuse to draw some sympathy while appearing to put the BJP on the dock, the real issue is what is not being referred to in public.

The issue goes back to Deve Gowda’s shennanigans against Infrastructure Development in and around Bangalore, the NICE project and its chief promoter Ashok Kheny. For those who may have forgotten how vengeful Gowda can get, remember how he got Hedge expelled from the Janata Dal the day after he accepted being the United Front’s candidate for Prime Minister back in 1990s. This is a high stakes game for Gowda with his many real estate interests and hence this stand-off.

On October 1st in a development that receieved scant attention in the media The Karnataka Government moved the Supreme Court seeking permission to cancel the agreement entered into with Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) for the implementation of the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project. The rationale provided is amazing – “eminent domain”

world over governments exercise the rights of eminent domain for public benefit and exercise the contractual rights in a manner that would bring maximum benefits to the State. It said there were several precedents where the project sought to be implemented by private agencies were either re-structured, cancelled or implemented through other agencies if either the change in circumstances make the project onerous to the State or in view of certain advanced technology or other such beneficial changes the projects had lost their attractiveness in the existing form

This move by the JD-S follows the SC staying the BMIC fresh Tender Process on Sept 26th an event Ashok Kheny described as

reiterating his unwavered faith in the nation’s judiciary

another head of Ravana has been chopped off.” The true colours of Gowda and his family have been exposed

Offstumped Bottomline: The BJP must at no cost cut a deal with Gowda. There should be no playing politics with the spirit of free enterprise and Urban Infrastructure Development. If the father son duo are threatening polls, so be it.


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