Karnataka's political drama

Triumph of chicanery in Karnataka

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Congress and JD(S) MLAs who submitted their resignation letters to the Karnataka Speaker leave the Raj Bhavan after meeting the Governor on July 6. Photo: K. MURALI KUMAR

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. Photo: Shailendra Bhojak/PTI

Leader of the Opposition B.S. Yeddyurappa in the Assembly on July 12. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Byrathi Basavaraj, MLD, rushing to the Speaker’s chamber on July 11 to submit his resignation before the 6 p.m. deadline set by the Supreme Court. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Congress rebel MLA M.T.B. Nagraj (right) meeting former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in Bengaluru on July 13. Photo: The Hindu

The Karnataka model of coalition politics as an antidote to Hindutva politics appears hopelessly compromised as the government totters on the brink of collapse, while the BJP waits in the wings to strike at the opportune moment to gain power in the State by hook or by crook.
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