A reliable political bird in Bangalore says former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi the day before the current session of Parliament began—a fact confirmed by Forest Minister C. Chennigappa and denied by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy yesterday.
The deal? “Let bygones be bygones, let’s come together again and I’ll prevent BJP from coming to power at the end of 20 months of the current JDS-BJP coalition. In return, make me Vice-President.”
By this reckoning, Oscar Fernandes, who has long harboured hopes of leading the State, could get a shot at being chief minister as he is Sonia’s man.
Meanwhile, Ashok Kheny, the man behind the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project, has been going around saying in public meetings that the reason Deve Gowda has been silent on the Cauvery issue is because he is cosying up to M. Karunanidhi, in return for the DMK’s support for his candidature in the presidential polls.
Which part do you think could happen: a) JDS ditching BJP, b) Gowda as prez, c) Gowda as veep, d) Oscar as CM, e) All of the above, f) None of the above, g) Don’t know/ Can’t say/ Won’t say.