‘Arre oh samba, kitne party the?’ ‘Do, sarkar’

Varghese K. George in the Indian Express:

“Karnataka could follow the pattern of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat—three major states that are now under BJP rule.

“In all these states, the BJP and its predecessor, BJS, emerged as an alliance partner of Janata but eventually replaced it, leaving a bipolar party system….

“If the BJP indeed gets its first chief minister in Karnataka, the state’s movements towards a bipolar politics will be accelerated. In the medium to long term, anyone opposed to the Congress will have only the BJP to vote for and vice versa. Both parties perhaps like that. The BJP and Congress could both be comfortable opposing each other, face to face, rather than managing the tantrums of the likes of Deve Gowda.”

Read the full article here: A thought for Gowda