Say hello to the sarsanghchalak of ‘Ling Parivar’

M.P. Renukacharya, the poster-boy of the “party with differences”, waits for his turn as chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa takes the lift to leave the Vidhana Soudha, shortly after “winning” the confidence motion in the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore on Monday.

“Nurse” Renuka, as the excise minister is better known for his famous medical experiments, holds a bright, luminous candle to the casteist, opportunistic and gutter politics that the BJP has pioneered and perfected in Karnataka, but which it somehow thinks is better than that of the Congress and JDS.

Last November, Renukacharya hitched his wagon with the Reddy brothers to land himself a ministerial portfolio. This October, he signed the petition expressing lack of confidence in the chief minister. One day, last week, he was the ring leader of the “rebels” in Goa, and the next day, he was back in the BJP fold.

On Monday, disqualified along with the other BJP MLAs and independents for the “rebellion” that landed the chief minister in trouble, Renukacharya was clinging on to CM’s tail (and vice versa) without remorse for the harm that such politics is doing to one of India’s most progressive States.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News