Opportunistic AllianceApropos editorial in Organiser dated May 27, 2018, Karnataka Verdict; Beyond Numbers it has been rightly pointed out in view of the JD(S) coming to power with the support of the Congress that it has been a party without any clear strategy or agenda, its candidates lost deposit at more than 100 seats and most of the seats were won in the single region of Old Mysore, that also against the Congress. Now joining hand with Congress will further shrink the base for the family-run party. It is an opportunistic alliance made by the two parties finding a common enemy in the BJP. But it must be noticed that the popular vote has been against the two parties which have formed an alliance. Though real-politic will always put moral and ethical questions for all the political parties and their supporters at large, the Constitutional provisions and legal experts will surely address them. No one should play with the national integration and divide society for short-term political gain is the clear message of the scattered verdict of Karnataka.But the mandate is not just about numbers, it has deep-rooted message for all the political parties, and for all of us as a nation. Though the numbers of electoral outcome look scattered, they are very clear in terms of lessons.
- Gowardhan Tiwari, Lucknow