The decision of the Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and his deputy, B.S. Yediyurappa, to stay away from the “soft launch” of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure (BMIC) today is unprecedented for a project of this size.
While those sick of the “khadi klan” cutting ribbon all over the place will welcome such a move, and while the sight of children and villagers doing the honours will no doubt please many, the simple question to be asked is: does peevishness of this kind send the right signal to potential investors and to the State at large?
Of course, it is the politicians’ decision what invitations to accept and what to reject. But when the courts have cleared the project, does such a gesture only end up heightening tensions and muddying the waters? Or does it only end up proving what the intelligentsia is whispering about the motives and motivations behind the great obstacle race that has been flagged off from the Vidhana Soudha?