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Gowda aiming at two birds with one shot?
Vicky Nanjappa in Bangalore | October 03, 2007 23:08 IST
Former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo Deve Gowda is the key man in Karnataka politics. It is common knowledge that the JDS is the only party in Karnataka, which can form an alliance with either the Bharatiya Janata Party or the Congress.
It is said that Gowda feels his innings in national politics is not over as yet and there could well be one last chance.
Experts watching the political developments closely in Karnataka say the reasons being given by the JDS not to transfer power are larger than they seem. Gowda is trying to give the impression that he is unhappy with the state BJP, but in reality, he wants to bargain for more in the national level.
The JDS feels that if it goes along with the UPA it could gain at the national level. A lot would depend on what the CPM would have to say on the entire issue. According to JDS sources, Gowda does have a soft corner for the CPM, as they were responsible for making him the prime minister.
What remains to be seen is how things will shape up over the next couple of days.
The meeting of the JDS national executive has been fixed on October 5, the day when Congress president Sonia Gandhi [Images] returns from New York. Things would start moving once she is back, says the IB, which is also watching the political developments closely.