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Season Of Buy And Fell

In Karnataka, the elections are about a shifty new politics

Season Of Buy And Fell Season Of Buy And Fell

The Congress procession wends through the narrow lanes from the Anjaneya temple in Byrasandra in the otherwise middle-class constituency of Bangalore South, and waving from an open mini-lorry is its young candidate. At 36, Krishna Byre Gowda is a three-time MLA. He’s now been given the formidable task of displacing BJP stalwart Ananth Kumar from a constituency he has represented as MP for over a decade. Standing beside the candidate is the working president of the state Congress unit, staring inscrutably into nothing. And crouched in the back of the crowded lorry is the grey-haired local Congress MLA, a picture of lack of enthusiasm. This tension between the old and the new is the underlying theme of the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Karnataka.

It is not just a conflict between old politicians and young, impatient ones. It’s also one between the old economy and the new. Captain Gopinath, the founder of Air Deccan, has joined the fray with support from leading lights of Bangalore’s IT and biotechnology industries. More significantly, it is also a conflict between the state’s old style of politics and the one introduced by B.S. Yediyurappa’s BJP.

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