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A Weary Beginning

Hegde's political party is launched with no great expectations

A Weary Beginning
A Weary Beginning
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THE sheer going-through-the-motions attitude that hung over the Bangalore Palace Grounds last week at the launching of Lok Shakti, the much-awaited political party of Ramakrishna Hegde's apolitical forum Ras-htriya Navanirmana Vedike (RNV), was reflected in his statement: "I have been drawn back to politics when I was planning to retire. The responsibility of the new party is not on strong shoulders. The sooner I get rid of the responsibility, the happier I'll be". Following this, speaker after unknown speaker, mouthed platitudes and declared eloquent ideals as the future of the 'alternate party'.

Consider this: Lok Shakti will not contest elections even if mid-term polls are held to the Lok Sabha. The RNV, Lok Shakti's predecessor, did not contest last fortnight's assembly by-elections to Ramanagara and Chik-kanayakanahalli. Neither did the RNV contest a single seat in the assembly by-elections held last October to eight seats. And in the elections to the Bangalore City Corporation it came a cropper.

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