Yeddyurappa will fail to get the numbers he needs, says Swaminathan Aiyar


BS Yeddyurappa may have managed to become the chief minister of Karnataka but it would be tough for him to garner the support required for his party to reach the majority. Most likely, he would fail to get the numbers he needs.

That’s what economist and politics watcher Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar said on Thursday in an interview to ET Now.

Aiyar said he was sufficiently optimistic to believe that Yeddyurappa and company would fail to buy over enough MLAs to make a difference. He said all of the horse-trading attempts would fail. “I hope at the end of it all, in 15 days, Yeddyurappa will have to admit that he has not been able to change the current situation and that JD-S and the Congress would come to power. I hope that happens,” he said.

Aiyar said the real test for the saffron party lay ahead in central India, “I would say BJP would have a very tough time in central India and could lose two or all three of those states. Siddaramaiah felt the blow of anti-incumbency even though he was regarded as a pretty reasonably good chief minister. The BJP is incumbent in the three central Indian states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. I think BJP will realise it is going to be in under pressure in all those states. It is also the incumbent in New Delhi and I am pretty sure it is going to lose some seats,” Aiyar said.

Aiyar said Karnataka was more important for the Congress than the BJP. “I would simply say in some way it is more important for Congress than it is for the BJP. The BJP already rules so much of India that if it fails to rule in Karnataka it will not much difference but for the Congress it really does need to be somewhere in the picture, otherwise if it does not get back in Karnataka, it will have only Punjab with it.”

Aiyar said the Karnataka affair was not going to reflect well on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Whatever happens I do not think it is going to reflect well on Modi. There is likely to be a series of allegations. Already Kumaraswamy has said that his MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore each to switch their positions,” he said. According to Aiyar, even if Yeddyurappa is able to prove majority, it would be through maneuvers likely to be challenged on various grounds.

Source: Economic Times