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The Mortal Krishna

The Nagappa kidnapping and Cauvery dispute show up the chief minister's abject fragility

The Mortal Krishna
C.R. Venkatesh
The Mortal Krishna
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The CM himself cannot hold back his dejection. His frustration came out at a recent public function where he confessed, "I feel I have come down in public esteem. This is not because of what I did or did not do, but because public perception is dependent on the overall environment." According to a senior cabinet colleague, "The chief minister feels his government has failed to handle the Veerappan issue well. He's a sensitive person. The Nagappa kidnapping, he feels, has blotched his clean record."

Though it was his first confession in public, Krishna has shared his disappointment privately with cabinet colleagues and bureaucrats. He looks dejected and his friends say he feels let down. The downward slide started with two issues which continue to dog his government. The Cauvery water dispute with Tamil Nadu and the inability to bring to an end Veerappan's reign in the Male Mahadeshwara Hills. Both issues have vexed earlier CMs too. But S.M. Krishna is not seen as just another chief minister.

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