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Deceit and defeat

Print edition : June 08, 2018

The Karnataka Assembly in session for B.S. Yeddyurappa to take the floor test on May 19. Photo: PTI

JD (S) chief ministerial candidate H.D. Kumaraswamy, along with Karnataka Pradesh Congress president G. Parameshwara, and newly elected MLAs, talking to press outside Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on May 16. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah with Congress MLA's during the oath-taking ceremony on May 19. Photo: PTI

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa addressing the Karnataka Assembly before resigning from the post without taking the floor test, in Bengaluru on May 19. Photo: MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP

Congress and JD (S) MLAs protest outside Vidhana Soudha against the swearing-in of Yeddyurappa on May 17. Photo: Abhishek N. Chinnappa/REUTERS

The high drama in Karnataka that ended with the shameful exit of B.S. Yeddyurappa after remaining as Chief Minister for 56 hours gives the BJP a bitter political lesson and secular parties an opportunity to unite against their common foe.

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