‘I have fought 13 elections and won 11 of them’

E.P. Unny, India’s best political cartoonist, is on the Karnataka campaign trail for The Indian Express:

“There is another 123 ticking away down south. Karnataka is the only southern state where you have to count beyond two power blocs. And the post-poll deal could make the India’s nuclear agreement with the US look simple.

“In the event of a hung verdict, H.D. Deve Gowda’s little third party could play and outplay. Or so some assume.

“Banish all such assumptions—even that the Janata Dal (S) will only come in third. After the drubbing Mayawati gave pollsters and parachuting pundits, the maya in Indian elections is up there. So leave it to the veteran to figure things out.

“‘I’ve fought 13 elections and won 11. I know the mood of the people. We have a clear edge in these 89 constituencies,’ says Deve Gowda.”

Read the full account: Gowdas of the stump