As they say, bedfellows make strange politics

Impossible is nothing in the world currently inhabited by Karnataka politicians. In this telling picture, Zameer Ahmed Khan (second from left) of the Janata Dal (Secular) rubs shoulders with C.T. Ravi of the Bharatiya Janata Party as packs of photographers try to capture the action in the Raj Bhavan in Bangalore on Monday.

Zameer Ahmed, who represents Chamarajpet in the Legislative Assembly, is a bum chum of former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. Ravi, the legislator from Chikamagalur, has been at the forefront of the growing communal mobilisation at Baba Budangiri, in defusing which H.D. Deve Gowda rightly claims a not insignificant role.

When the JDS snubbed the BJP over 20 days ago, Gowda cited Bababudangiri among other things. The sangh parivar outfits, he claimed, were turning Karnataka into a ‘Hindutva laboratory on the lines of Gujarat‘.

Photograph by B.K. Janardhan/ Karnataka Photo News

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