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Yeddyurappa, Kumaraswamy Express Disappointment With Poll Verdict

The politicians seem to see clearly what the media refuses to see


BJP’s 55-hour chief minister, B.S.Yeddyurappa, moving the trust motion in the Karnataka assembly admitted that his party had hoped for a majority but the people of the state did not give it to him and his party. He said that he would go back to the people and seek for a majority. The state’s prospective chief minister, Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D.Kumaraswamy had said in an interview with The Times of India that he was not happy to be a chief minister in the present circumstances, that he would have preferred a majority but he is forced to form the government. It shows that political leaders are not just pragmatists, but more than that they are realists. They read the people’s verdict accurately despite the rhetorical statements they are forced to make to the media. The humility and sense of realism displayed by Yeddyurappa and Kumaraswamy is heartening. They are looking unflinchingly at the reality. It is only the leaders of the Congress who have refused to admit that they have lost the election because their leaders have been busy cobbling the Congress-JD (S) alliance.

The media has now to look beyond the daily twists and turns of the power games and declare loudly and clearly that the people of Karnataka have rejected the claims of all the three major parties – the Congress, the BJP and the JD (S) – and that is the real meaning of the verdict – mandate for no one. It is now the case that the politicians are candid but the media refuses to be so. There have been sections of the media which argue that the BJP is indeed the winner because it has emerged as the largest single party going by the numbers of seats. And there are the uncompromising ideological opponents of the BJP which argue that the combined Congress-JD(S) seats and percentage of votes make them the clear winner and it also means rejection of the BJP.

The politicians and the people know that there were no winners in the 2018 Karnataka assembly election. But the media refuses to declare that there have been no winners. The reason seems to be that the media folk seem to believe that there is no excitement in a draw and it is necessary to somehow project that there is a winner of sorts. So, the section of the media which supports the BJP will persist in the argument that the BJP is the winner and it has been prevented from forming the government by the cunning games of the Congress and the JD (S). The anti-BJP section of the media have already declared the Congress-JD(S) combine to be the real winner. Neither the people nor the politicians are interested in the media’s make-believe games. The people have gone back to their daily chores, while the political parties continue with their daily pow-wows with each other, which are of no interest to the people.