articles by Srinivasa Prasad

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BS Yediyurappa secures govt in Karnataka with bypoll wins but political turmoil over shifting allegiance poses questions over anti-defection law

But what make the BJP-sponsored floor-crossings, in Karnataka and elsewhere, look increasingly questionable are the motive, timing and the blatantly obvious quid pro quo considerations.

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DK Shivakumar arrested in money laundering case: Congress must disown tainted leaders before accusing BJP of witch-hunt

DK Shivakumar's wealth totalled a whopping Rs 840 crore, which makes him one of India’s richest politicians.

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BS Yediyurappa half cabinet leaves deep discontent in Karnataka BJP, but Amit Shah shows who's boss; deft manoeuvring not CM's forte

Yediyurappa returned to BJP in 2014, led the party to victory in the 2018 Assembly elections and has risen like a phoenix once again to become the chief minister. But Shah does not want a repeat of what happened in his earlier term. The current government's slender majority calls for deft manoeuvring, not a forte of Yediyurappa.

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Having called Pakistan's bluff, India must now make its own 'nuclear doctrine' more intimidating and relevant

India must also do everything to convince Pakistan that it also has a second-strike nuclear capability that would make the neighbour's first-strike far too risky to even contemplate.

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BJP picks BS Yediyurappa as Karnataka CM again: Saffron party has taken calculated risk with a slender majority

The party's state unit, led by BS Yediyurappa, had been working as if there was no tomorrow to destabilise the notoriously fickle and wobbly government of the coalition of Congress and Janata Dal (Secular). But after the government finally collapsed on 23 July, Shah waited some 60 hours before nodding his wise head and letting BS Yediyurappa take oath as the chief minister.

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Collapse of Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka: State may slip from one phase of uncertainty to another

Everything was wrong with the Karnataka government it ever since it was formed by two disparate parties united by nothing but a desire to keep the BJP out of power

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HD Kumaraswamy fights losing battle to save Congress-JD(S) govt in Karnataka; all eyes on upcoming SC order

Of the 18 rebels, 16 have submitted resignations from the Assembly, reducing the government to a minority, while the two Independents have quit as ministers and announced support for the BJP.

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Karnataka political crisis: Fresh Assembly election is the best option for all parties... and the people

It's in the longer-term interests of the Congress and JD(S) to let go of their government and blame BJP for its collapse, in which case they stand at least a small chance of gaining sympathy from voters in a future election

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Karnataka political crisis: Squabbling Congress-JD(S) alliance may fall prey to ‘Operation Lotus-3’ as BJP sees best chance to form govt

The dissidents and the BJP, working in close coordination, are adopting the time-tested ‘R and R’ or ‘resign and reduce’ technique to topple the government without falling foul of the anti-defection law.

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Reservations for Marathas: Devendra Fadnavis is fooling nobody when he mouths platitudes of social justice

With the Bombay High Court upholding reservations for Marathas, the madness over caste reservations in India has just got madder.

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Jagan Mohan Reddy demolishes Chandrababu Naidu's office: Is this cleaning up Andhra Pradesh or petty politics?

Jagan Mohan Reddy had announced that the 'illegal' government annexe next to Chandrababu Naidu's private home would be demolished.

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HD Deve Gowda's empty threat of midterm polls scares Karnataka parties, but that's what the state needs now

Deve Gowda is a hard-boiled politician knows when to throw a tantrum and when to throw a red herring.

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Who's in charge of Congress? For the first time, questions on whether Gandhis will continue to lead party arise

The solution to save the Congress lies in de-commercialising the party and making it a true political entity. The mammothness of such a task is possibly beyond the skills of Rahul and Priyanka.

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JD(U) distances itself from BJP, YSRCP gets closer, but Modi-Jagan geniality will depend on special status for Andhra Pradesh

From Modi's point of view, Jagan offers a redeeming aspect in the light of the cooling off of the alliance with JD(U). The 46-year-old YSRCP leader comes across as an exact anti-thesis of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has set herself on a ruthless path of confrontation with the Modi regime.

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With five deputy chief ministers, Jaganmohan Reddy takes appeasement politics to a new peak in India

Jaganmohan Reddy, the new chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, on Saturday decided to have as many as five unwanted sixth fingers. His move to appoint no fewer than five deputy chief ministers—the highest ever in India—to represent the state’s different social groups and regions is a political balancing act which he had no need to undertake.

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Karnataka coalition crisis: Congress, JD(S) leaders want Siddaramaiah cut to size, but don't expect Rahul to act

Ever since the Karnataka JD(S)-Congress government was sewn up in a hurry a year ago, the alliance has been in a state of falling without actually falling.

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With Andhra Pradesh loss and no role in national politics, has Chandrababu Naidu reached end of the road?

Chandrababu Naidu knows that if he doesn't repair his image and revamp his party in Andhra Pradesh soon, the BJP is waiting to usurp the space the TDP and Congress occupy in the state.

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BJP wants to piggyback on YSRCP to south, but Jagan may find it hard to help without special status for Andhra

Even as Narendra Modi-Jagan Mohan Reddy hug has sparked rumours of the YSR Congress Party joining the NDA, it would be tough for the YSRCP to join the BJP-led alliance without extracting special category status for Andhra Pradesh from the Centre

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Rahul Gandhi must go, but what Congress needs is an ideological overhaul; kicking out 'brokers of power' can be a start

Three months after Rahul Gandhi became Congress president, he waxed eloquent on what ailed India and the Congress at the 84th plenary in Delhi, but like his father Rajiv, Rahul effected no more than superficial changes, replacing in some cases, old 'self-perpetuating cliques' with new ones

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Karnataka's Gowda clan faces threat of marginalisation with poll rout, strains in alliance: Will JD(S) dump Congress in a repeat of 2006?

Gowda has now reasons to be upset. In the Lok Sabha election, Gowda and his grandson (the son of Kumaraswamy) Nikhil have lost the Tumakuru and Mandya seats respectively.