The BJP crisis in Karnataka—ostensibly over the levy of a tax on mine owners, the turf war in Bellary over the flood rehabilitation, the overreach of Shobha Karandlaje, etc—has reached an interesting phase with the former Union minister H.N. Ananth Kumar‘s name being openly mentioned as the source of the fracas.
What started off as a pureplay Reddy Brothers’ attempt to dislodge B.S. Yediyurappa has assumed the contours of a full-fledged internecine battle, given Ananth Kumar’s proximity to L.K. Advani and the party’s interlocutor, Arun Jaitley.
Is Kumar firing from the shoulders of the Reddys? Is the Congress playing dirty, using he Reddys’ closeness to Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy‘s son, Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is also their business partner? Or is Yediyurappa himself responsible for what’s happening, given his style of functioning?
Or, is this crisis only to have been expected given the manner in which the BJP government was formed?