Advertisement
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021
Outlook.com

Bet It's Hegde

The party is over for the only JD government in the country

Bet It's Hegde
Bet It's Hegde
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
Three days after six MLAs, including three senior ministers, crossed over from the J.H. Patel government to the Ramakrishna Hegde camp, the longtime agnostic Karnataka chief minister was deep in prayer. State Janata Dal president B.L. Shankar who normally brushes aside dissent in the party as "intrinsic to the Janata culture", was livid. Former prime minister and the man in the eye of the storm, H.D. Deve Gowda, refused to comment. And senior ministers who earlier gave the party an optimistic chance of retaining 12 of the 16 Lok Sabha seats they won in '96 (of the total 28) are now reluctant to hazard a guess.

The decision of R.V. Deshpande, Patel's high-profile industries minister, and others to cross over to Hegde's so-called apolitical Rashtriya Navanirmana Vedike (RNV), couldn't have been timed better. With barely three weeks left before the state elects its MPs, the crisis has extinguished the party's confidence, already threatened by a rejuvenated Congress and the BJP alliance with Hegde's Lok Shakti.

A known Hegde supporter from northern...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Uttarakhand Rains Claim 16 Lives, Nainital Cut Off From Rest Of State

Uttarakhand Rains Claim 16 Lives, Nainital Cut Off From Rest Of State

Incessant rains continued to lash various parts of the state, razing houses to the ground and leaving many trapped in the debris.

China Has Increased Activities At 'In-Depth' Areas Near Arunachal: Eastern Army Commander

China Has Increased Activities At 'In-Depth' Areas Near Arunachal: Eastern Army Commander

'The annual training exercise that the PLA carries out there has seen some increase in the level of activities in the depth areas,' Lt Gen Manoj Pande said.

T20 World Cup, Warm-Up: India Aim To Fix Middle-Order Blues Vs AUS

T20 World Cup, Warm-Up: India Aim To Fix Middle-Order Blues Vs AUS

Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur and Varun Chakravarthy are likely to get a game vs Australia before India open their ICC Men's T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on October 24.

US Court Rejects Nirav Modi's Plea For Dismissal Of Fraud Allegations

US Court Rejects Nirav Modi's Plea For Dismissal Of Fraud Allegations

The allegations were made by Richard Levin, the court appointed trustee of three US corporations, indirectly owned by Nirav Modi previously.

Advertisement