He has always been known to be an astute politician, but this time round his ingenuity has truly surpassed all earlier achievements.
We Indians have always believed in the adage “Two birds with one stone,” but the situation H D Deve Gowda (HDDG) has created is a masterpiece! A total win-win-win situation for himself, and only himself.
Allow me to explain.
Here are the (only?) possible outcomes this January 27, 2006…
Possibility ONE – January 26th-27th, 2006:
Dharam Singh & the Karnataka Congress Party (backed by Sonia Gandhi & the Congress Party) heeds to Mr HDDG’s every demand. What those are, I can only wonder.
With his whims and fancies blindly accepted, he calls his son back into the fold; The “real son” complies his father’s wishes.
Summary: The Karnataka government continues with the benevolent blessings of Mr HDDG: With or without Dharam Singh; With or without Mallikarjuna Kharge; Definitely with those favourable to Mr H D Deve Gowda.
Possibility TWO – January 26th-27th, 2006:
The Congress agrees to most of HDDG’s demands, and begs him to keep the “communal” BJP out of power; Handing over the CM’s post to MP Prakash, or who-so-ever Mr HDDG anoints.
Mr HDDG unleashes overbearing pressure on his son, and manages to rein him in with all his MLAs. The son proves himself as the “real son”.
Summary: The Congress remains in power, although playing second fiddle to the Janata Dal (Secular); Not that Mr Dharam Singh was ever the lead guitarist!
Possibility Three – January 27th, 2006:
The Congress is unable to appease Mr Deve Gowda. His demands still pending, he is unable to muster enough power to rein in his son.
The son unmindful of his dear dad’s secular wishes goes ahead and forms a government with the BJP, the political “untouchables” they may be! As a result, the government can run as long as it does; post which the party is all set to attack the “communal” BJP.
Summary: Mr HDDG’s son becomes the CM. PLUS, Mr HDDG’s “secular” tag remains intact. After all, he has publicly opposed the formation of his son’s liaison with the devil’s own party (for some, God’s own party).
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All in all, (if you did not see it coming) Mr H D Deve Gowda is the winner.
Like I said: Kudos Mr Gowda. Kudos. What a coup!
If only the people were really as stupid as some think they are.