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Karnataka trust vote: Yeddyurappa quits but this embarrassment could have been avoided
Finally BS Yeddyurappa resigned followed by a Vajpayee-style extempore emotional speech. Vajpayee had really given a beautiful and emotional speech during the trust vote of his first 13-day-long tenure. I don't think BSY in any way replicated that because of inherent opportunistic and hypocrisy in the acts.

Since day one, post the declaration of Karnataka Assembly election results, the BJP tried to lure and poach MLAs of the Congress and JD(S) trying to repeat infamous 'Operation Kamala'. The Congress was alert this time and took all the steps to avert BJP's tactics. In the process, the reputation of the Governor too was tarnished.

I don't know whose idea was to form this minority government! Amit Shah and Narendra Modi perhaps became impatient. I'm an admirer of Narendra Modi but don't agree with such drama and neither do a majority people who support Narendra Modi and the BJP.

The simple point is that both the Congress and JD(S) lost seats compared to the 2013 Assembly election. The Congress lost 22 seats and the JD(S) 2 seats. The only party that increased its tally was the BJP, though lacking in majority. The BJP should have sat in the opposition in the wake of a post-poll alliance between the Congress and JD(S). I don't think any post-poll alliance is unholy or unethical. This is politics and in a fractured mandate such post-poll alliances happen. The BJP too had entered in to post-poll alliances in J&K, Goa, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya and even in Bihar. Thus dubbing the Congress and JD(S) alliance as unholy no doubt amounts to hypocrisy.

Both the JD(S) and the Congress are unfaithful partners. JD(S) chief Kumaraswami proved it during the Dharam Singh-led Congress government and the BSY-led BJP government in Karnataka. The Congress has a long record of betraying its partners. The Congress had also withdrawn its support during the period when HD Deve Gowda was the Prime Minister.

Further, both the Congress and JD(S) are not natural partners. The Congress defeated more than 25 candidates of JD(S) in this election whereas JD(S) defeated 18 Congress candidates including Congress' CM Siddaramaiah. Further, Siddaramaiah, who is elected as Congress legislative party chief has very bitter relation with JD(S). He was former JD(S) member who quit the party rebelling against HD Kumaraswami.

All these dissimilarities say that the alliance can't continue for more than six months. Had BSY allowed Congress-JD(S) to form the government, the BJP would have an upper hand as the alliance could be in trouble to win the confidence vote because all can't be satisfied.

The bottom line is that despite BSY's emotional speech the BJP in Karnataka will be seen as power hungry party. This could have been avoided. I will not be surprised if BSY becomes the CM of Karnataka within six months' time. But today I'm shocked, how Modi-Shah allowed this embarrassing act to dent BJP's image in this opportunistic power game misusing the office of the Governor because even if BSY had won the confidence vote, this win would have been seen as been manufactured through poaching and could never been stable.

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