‘The next prime minister need not be a genius’

Power, even the faint promise of power, is the elixir, the magic potion, that fills blood in the veins of the Indian politician.

Just months ago, after the assembly debacle in Karnataka, Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda looked lost. He looked frail. He was fumbling his way. But the boost in the by-elections, and the grim forebodings for the UPA and NDA in the general elections, have energised the former prime minister, so much as to see him walk out in his bathroom slippers, working the phone, and inspecting preparations in Dobespet in rural Bangalore, as the Third Front prepares to see its third rebirth on Thursday.

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Star of Mysore reports this tidbit in a TV interface.

Reporter: Who will be the prime minister if the Third Front comes to power?

Humble farmer: There are 110 crore people in India. Bharat matha has given birth to them. Someone among them would become the PM. He need not be a genius. Do you think that it is necessary to project a person as PM?

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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