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Will Deve Gowda follow on Devi Lal's footsteps and stage Modi's exit in 2019?
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, while commenting on Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision of asking BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to form the next government accused him of trampling the Constitution and working as BJP's stooge.

Surjewala hails from Haryana where thirty six years ago almost a similar drama had unfolded. In the 1982 Haryana Assembly election, the pre-poll alliance between the Lok Dal headed by Devi Lal and the BJP got a total of 37 seats, enough to form the government while the Indian National Congress emerged as the single largest party with 31 seats.

As no party had a clear cut majority to form the government in a hung Assembly, it was left to the discretion of the Governor to whom to invite to form the next government in Haryana.

The erstwhile Haryana Governor GD Tapase initially summoned Devi Lal on May 22, 1982 and asked him to prove his majority by the morning of May 24.

However, even before Devi Lal could go for a floor test, Bhajan Lal, leader of the Indian National Congress met the Governor and was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Haryana on May 23, on the ground that his party had emerged as the single largest party. Bhajan Lal was given one month's time to prove his majority on the floor of the House which he proved by orchestrating defections and horse-trading. After all it isn't without a reason that Bhajan Lal is still remembered as the man who reinvented the art of defection in the country, a man regarded as custodian of the Aya Ram, Gaya Ram culture of opportunist politics. Nonetheless, Bhajan Lal running a minority government remained in office till 4 June, 1986.

It is widely believed that Governor Tapase had taken the decision following the directions of the erstwhile Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. RK Dhawan, personal secretary to Indira Gandhi and close aide of the Nehru-Gandhi family ML Fotedar, both of whom had a soft corner for Bhajan Lal had convinced Indira Gandhi that Devi Lal as Chief Minister of Haryana, a state bordering Delhi could be politically dangerous for the Congress. At that time Dhirendra Brahmachari provided his special aircraft so that Bhajan Lal could reach Chandigarh just in time to take oath.

Tapase's action led to widespread protests across the state to the extent that Joginder Singh, a supporter of Devi Lal blackened Tapase's face at a function held in Faridabad.

So history has been repeated after a gap of thirty six years. Tapase's action resulted in to widespread sympathy for Devi Lal who succeeded Bhajan Lal as the next Chief Minister of Haryana in 1987 and within a short span of two years united all opposition parties and staged an ousterof the PM Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government from the Centre.

Now the million dollar question being asked in political, administrative and media circles is that whether Deve Gowda will become a rallying point for all anti-Modi forces, and will he too pull off what Devi Lal had, by showing the door to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections?

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