The rout of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Karnataka Assembly elections was far from unexpected. But despite the Congress’ success in Karnataka, the first state in southern India the Hindu nationalist party has ruled on its own for five years, the mood within India’s “grand old party” is far from exultant. Why?
The Congress appears confident of coming to power in Karnataka where Assembly elections will take place on May 5. This is arguably the only state in the country where the country’s “grand old party” is hopeful of increasing its number of MPs by more than 10 when the 16th general elections are conducted.
The paradox is rather apparent. In the contemporary history of India, never have so many once-influential politicians had to spend time behind bars as they have in recent times. Yet the second UPA government, headed by a Prime Minister who was known as Mr Clean, is also being perceived as one of the country’s most corrupt regimes, packed by people with flexible ethics.