सर्जिकल स्ट्राईक 2 – भारत का एबोटाबाद क्षण

क्या आपको 2 मई 2011 का दिन याद है? जब पूरी दुनिया सो रही थी, अमेरिका ने पाकिस्तान के एबटाबाद पर हमला किया और उस दिन कुख्यात आतंकवादी ओसामा बिन लादेन को अल्लाह के पास पहुंचाया था। ऐबटाबाद में एक आलिशान हवेली में वह पांच साल तक रहा था। इस्लामाबाद से महज 65 किलोमीटर दूर एबटाबाद में पाकिस्तान का सैन्य प्रशिक्षण संस्थान और पाकिस्तान सेना की छावनी भी है। वह इमारत जहां लादेन रह रहा था पाकिस्तानी सेना अकादमी कुछ दूरी पर थी।अमेरिकी सैनिकों ने बड़े पैमाने पर सैन्य अभियान चलाकर लादेन को खत्म कर दिया।

आज, 26 फरवरी 2019 का दिन इसी तरह दर्ज किया जाएगा। जब अधिकांश भारतीय सो रहे थे उस समय भारत ने पाकिस्तान पर हवाई हमले किए कई आतंकवादी ठिकानों को निशाना बनाया। प्रारंभिक अनुमानों के अनुसार, हमले में 200-300 आतंकवादी मारे गए हैं।

भारतीय वायु सेना के 12 मिराज-2000 विमानों ने खैबर पख्तूनख्वा प्रांत में बालाकोट पर हमला किया। खास बात यह है, कि सितंबर 2015 में सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक के विपरीत इन हमलों के बारे में कोई अस्पष्टता नहीं है। क्योंकि स्वयं पाकिस्तानी सेना ने ही माना है, कि भारतीय वायु सेना ने मुजफ्फराबाद सेक्टर में नियंत्रण रेखा का उल्लंघन किया है। “भारतीय वायुसेना के हवाई जहाज मुज़फ्फराबाद सेक्टर में घुसे। पाकिस्तानी वायु सेना से समय पर और प्रभावी उत्तर दिए जाने के बाद हड़बड़ी में बम डालकर वे बालाकोट से बाहर निकल गए। जान या माल की कोई हानि नहीं हुई है,” इस तरह का ट्वीट पाकिस्तान सेना की मीडिया विंग इंटर सर्विसेज पब्लिक रिलेशंस (आईएसपीआर) के महानिदेशक मेजर जनरल आसिफ गफूर ने किया।

अर्थात्, इसे गीदड़ भपकी ही कहा जाना चाहिए क्योंकि इसमें कोई संदेह नहीं है कि मिराज विमानों के हमलों के कारण आतंकवादी शिविर ध्वस्त हो गए हैं। सूत्रों ने एएनआई को बताया, कि पाकिस्तान के (अमेरिका से मिले हुए) एफ -16 विमानों ने मिराज 2000 विमानों की दिशा में उड़ान भरी, लेकिन भारतीय विमानों का आकार देखते हुए वे हवाई जहाज लौट गए। पाकिस्तानी मीडिया के अनुसार तो लगभग 200-300 लोग मारे गए हैं।

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भारत के विदेश सचिव विजय गोखले ने भी इन हमलों की पुष्टी की। उन्होंने बताया कि भारतीय वायु सेना ने मंगलवार को तड़के सीमापार स्थित आतंकी गुट जैश ए मोहम्मद के ठिकाने पर बड़ा एकतरफा हमला किया जिसमें बड़ी संख्या में आतंकवादी, प्रशिक्षक, शीर्ष कमांडर और जिहादी मारे गए।

जम्मू-कश्मीर के पुलवामा में 14 फरवरी को हुए हमले में सीआरपीएफ के 40 जवान मारे गए थे। तब से भारत सरकार पर पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ कार्रवाई करने का दबाव था। लगभग हर कोई जानता था, कि भारत द्वारा कोई न कोई कार्रवाई की जाएगी। स्वयं अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति डोनाल्ड ट्रम्प ने भी कहा था, कि भारत कोई असाधारण कार्रवाई करनेवाला है। इसलिए सीमा पर तनाव बढ़ गया था और पाकिस्तान ने दावा किया था, कि वह किसी भी घटना का सामना करने के लिए तैयार है।

पाकिस्तान का यह दावा कितना खोखला था यह मंगलवार को सामने आया। एबटाबाद में जैसे पाकिस्तानी सेना और खुफिया एजेंसियों को कोई सुराग दिए बिना अमेरिकी सैनिकों ने लादेन को समाप्त किया, उसी तरह यह हमला किया गया। पाकिस्तान के रडार और अन्य सुरक्षा प्रणालियों को धता बताकर भारतीय वायु सेना ने अपने पराक्रम के चिन्ह आकाश में दर्ज किए। यह पूरी कार्रवाई पूरे 21 मिनट तक चल रही थी। हमारे जांबाज सैनिकों का आत्मविश्वास और साहस इससे दृगोचर होता है। पुलवामा में हमले के 11 दिनों के बाद भारतीय सैनिकों ने उन 40शहीदों का बदला लिया। आज तक पत्र व्यवहार, संदेश और चर्चाओं के मार्ग पर चलनेवाले भारत के इतिहास में इस तरह की कार्रवाई होना एक अभूतपूर्व घटना है। भारत को हजारों घावों द्वारा खून से लथपथ करना (ब्लीडिंग थ्रू थाउजेंड कट्स) पाकिस्तान का षड्यंत्र है। यह पाकिस्तान का भारत के खिलाफ छद्म युद्ध है। भारत को उसे ज्यों का त्यों जवाब देना चाहिए, यह सभी भारतीयों की कई दशकों से इच्छा थी।

‘पाकिस्तान को मुंहतोड़ जवाब दो,’ इस तरह की मांग करते हुए देशवासियों का गला सुख गया था, जबकि इस तरह की जवाबी कार्रवाई का आश्वासन देते हुए नेताओं की कई पिढ़ियां गुजरी। लेकिन स्थिति जस की तस थी। कुत्ते की पूंछ की तरह पाकिस्तान में सुधार नहीं हुआ और न ही सुधार होगा। उसे सबक सिखाना एक ऐतिहासिक आवश्यकता थी और आज लोगों को उस क्षण का अनुभव मिल गया है। वायु सेना और सरकार को इसकी हार्दिक बधाई!

पुलवामा हमला – यह युद्धज्वर किसलिए?

पुलवामा के नृशंस हमले के 100 घंटे बीतने से पहले आतंकवादी संगठन जैश-ए-मोहम्मद के शीर्ष नेतृत्व का खात्मा किया गया है। 15 वें कॉर्प के कमांडर लेफ्टिनेंट जनरल के. एस. ढिल्लों ने सोमवार को मीडिया के समक्ष यह जानकारी दी।
लेफ्टिनेंट जनरल ढिल्लों ने कहा कि केंद्रीय रिजर्व पुलिस बल (सीआरपीएफ) के कारवां पर हुए हमले में पाकिस्तान में छुपे हुए और आईएसआई से समर्थन प्राप्त जैश के नेतृत्व का हाथ था। कामरान नामक आतंकी सरगना इस हमले के पीछे मास्टर माइंड था और उसे समाप्त कर दिया गया है। लेफ्टिनेंट जनरल ढिल्लों ने यह भी चेतावनी दी कि आप या तो हिंसा छोड़ दे अथवा मरने के लिए तैयार हैं।
पुलवामा हमला भारत की अंतरात्मा पर हुआ हमला है। जैश-ए-मोहम्मद ने खुद कबूल किया कि वह इस हमले के पीछे था। यह सारी दुनिया को पता है, कि जैश-ए-मोहम्मद संगठन पाकिस्तान में काम करता है। इस संगठन का नेता मसूद अजहर पाकिस्तान के दामाद की तरह रहता है। पाकिस्तान सरकार के खर्चे पर वह अस्पताल में उपचार (?) लेता है और वहाँ से हमले का आदेश देता है। इससे यही साबित होता है कि हमले के पीछे पाकिस्तान का सीधा हाथ है।
इस परिस्थिति में केंद्र सरकार पर पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ कार्रवाई करने का दबाव न आता तो ही आश्चर्य था। यह आम जन भावना है, कि पाकिस्तान की नकेल कसनी ही होगी। इसके बारे में कोई दो राय नहीं है। लेकिन इसको लेकर शोरशराबा करने में कोई तुक नहीं है। ऐसा लगता है कि देश में समाचार चैनलों ने यह विवेक छोड़ दिया है। इसीलिए उन्होंने युद्ध करो, युद्ध करो का आग्रह सरकार से जारी रखा है। कुछ चैनलों ने तो सरकार को ऐसे सलाह देना शुरू कर दिया मानो वे खुद सेना प्रमुख हो।
एक ही झटके में हमारे 40 वीर जवानों के प्राण हरण करनेवाले इस हमले का बदला सरकार को लेना ही होगा। प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने यह कहकर इसके संकेत दिए हैं कि जो आग आपके दिल में लगी है वही मेरे दिल में है। खुद पाकिस्तान भी इससे वाकिफ है। यही वजह है कि इस घटना के पांच दिन बाद पाकिस्तान ने इस मुद्दे पर अपनी चुप्पी तोड़ी।
लेफ्टिनेंट जनरल ढिल्लों ने जो जानकारी दी वह इस कारवाई का केवल एक पहलू है। लेकिन पाकिस्तान जैसे पड़ोसी देश के खिलाफ कार्रवाई करने के लिए हमें कुछ युद्ध रणनीति बनानी होती है। युद्ध के मैदान में अपने बलाबल का हमें विचार करना पड़ता है। हम जैसे यह बात भूल ही गए है। चट मंगनी और पट शादी की तरह माजरा चल रहा है। पाकिस्तान के प्रधानमंत्री इमरान खान ने कहा है कि पुलवामा ही नहीं, भारत में किसी भी आतंकवादी हमले से हमारा कोई लेना-देना नहीं है। इतना ही नहीं, अगर भारत हमला करता है, तो हमें मजबूर होकर उसका उत्तर देना पड़ेगा। इसका मतलब है कि पाकिस्तान परमाणु देश होने का फायदा उठाकर अंतरराष्ट्रीय समुदाय को ब्लैकमेल कर रहा है। और चीन जैसा देश उसका साथ दे रहा है।


यह सब भूलाकर चैनल के बहादुर सरकार को कोस रहे है। वे पूछ रहे हैं कि एक सप्ताह खत्म होने के बाद भी वे कार्रवाई क्यों नहीं करते।
इस संबंध में पंजाब के मुख्यमंत्री कैप्टन अमरिंदर सिंह द्वारा निभाई गई भूमिका काफी समझदारी भरी है। गौरतलब है कि 1965 में पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ युद्ध में अमरिंदर सिंह ने खुद हिस्सा लिया था।
उन्होंने कहा, कि पूरा देश भारतीय सैनिकों की हत्या पर संतप्त है और पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ कठोर कार्रवाई की उन्होंने मांग की। लेकिन यह कार्रवाई सैन्य, राजनयिक या आर्थिक इन तीन स्तरों पर अथवा तीनों स्तर पर एक साथ की जानी चाहिए। “केंद्र सरकार को तय करना चाहिए कि कौन सी कार्रवाई की जाए, लेकिन कुछ कदम तुरंत उठाए जाने चाहिए। यह कोई नहीं कहता, कि आपको तुरंत लड़ना चाहिए, लेकिन यह नरसंहार मजाक नहीं है। कुछ करना होगा। मैं ऊब गया हूं, देश ऊब गया है,” उन्होंने कहा।
यह सच है, कि देश ऊब गया है और लगातार होनेवाले आघातों से व्यथित भी है। लेकिन इस तरह युद्धज्वर बनाना इसका हल नहीं है। यदि आप दुश्मन को खत्म करना चाहते हैं, तो आपको इसे शांत चित्त होकर ही करना होगा।
अफज़ल खान ने कई मंदिर तोड़ें, लोगों पर अत्याचार किया और गांव के गांव जलाए ताकि वाजी महाराज बाहर आए और भावनावश होकर लढ़ें। लेकिन महाराज ने अपना आपा नहीं खोया और खान को अपने जाल में खींचकर उसे समाप्त किया। इसलिए वे हिंदवी स्वराज्य तैयार कर सकें।
पाकिस्तान को सबक आज नहीं कल सीखाना होगा। लेकिन उसके लिए शोर-शराबा करते हुए दुश्मन के हाथ मजबूत करने की कोई आवश्यकता नहीं है।

PM Modi Must Act

The dastardly act by terrorists killing 40 of our brave jawans has left the nation shocked. This is one of the major terrorist incidents in India’s recent history and will be difficult to forget or forgive for long. It has drawn condemnation from all quarters and rightly so. The government will be forced to act in a befitting manner. Especially after the last heroic action of surgical strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, the government has to show its sincerity through another such action on similar scale, if not more.

The stakes are disastrously high for Narendra Modi government. The general elections that will decide the fate of next five years of this nation are round the corner. Ever since his election to the Prime Minister’s post in 2014, Narendra Modi has consistently cultivated the persona of a nationalist and patriotic leader. The much celebrated surgical strikes were one of the main achievements of this government giving a sense of pride to the people. The Indians, who were fed of being a weaker nation in the name of peace and non-violence, were jubilant at that juncture. They saw in it the validation that India is not just a victim country that could be targeted easily but an emergent power that pay back the perpetrators of terrorism in their own coin.

Modi will be hard pressed to repeat that feat. The popular mood is to “go behind those bastards”. The sense is even more evident in RSS workers, supporters and sympathizers that form the core of BJP’S voters. Fortunately enough, opposition parties have promised their full support. Congress President Rahul Gandhi has said that his party is fully supporting the government and country’s security forces in view of Pulwama attack. Such type of violence is disgusting and no force can divide or break India, Gandhi said.

The all-party meeting convened in New Delhi in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack passed a resolution strongly condemning the dastardly act. All parties condemned terrorism in all its forms and the support being given to it from across the border. The resolution said terrorism in India is being actively encouraged by the forces across the border and India has displayed both firmness and resilience in dealing with these challenges.

Therefore, it will be a big challenge for NaMo to quench the thirst of his supporters for a bloody revenge. The problem before the government is that such decisions cannot be done with the beating of drum. Be it a strategic move or a diplomatic effort, any dispensation needs to move swiftly but discretely. There is no place for brow-beating in such manner. And going by PM Modi’s response, one may feel assured that this would surely happen.

PM Modi has said that each drop of tear after Pulwama terror attack will be avenged. He made it clear that New India’s policy is that it will respond in full measure if messed with. The PM’s warning that security forces have been given a free hand to punish the perpetrators of the attack have already been carried widely. Even Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan has come up with a reaction on it.

Now time is running out fast and Modi has to act.

Kumaraswamy Trapped in His Own Karma

The karma has caught up with Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. The beleagured leader has offered to quit his post after being fed up with the tantrums thrown by coalition partner Congress. It is a no secret that Congress, which has a long history of ditching governments headed by smaller parties, is not happy with his rule.
Speaking to the media persons on the sidelines of a program in Bengaluru, Kumaraswamy on Monay said that he did not want to continue and stick to the seat if Congress was unhappy.
He said that along with his Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Parameswar, he was trying his best to offer good governance. He said that the government is spending one lakh crore rupees for Bengaluru and has cleared projects like suburban rail service, outer rink road and alleviated corridor.
However, the Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah is not amused. Siddaramaiah, sees himself as the guardian of secular galaxy and would want to keep all affairs in his own hands. He has said that he would speak to Kumaraswamy and resolve the matter. However, this seems easier said than done as Siddaramaiah is accused of developing cold vibes with Parameswar as well.
The crux of Siddaramaiah’s unhappiness is in his reluctance to accept the reality that he is not at the help any longer. He is constantly trying to meddle into the affairs of the state and leading a backseat driving kind of role.
The frustration of Kumaraswamy seems obvious on this backdrop. Within as early as two months of swearing in as the CM of Karnataka in May 2018, he had expressed unhappiness over trepidation of the coalition Government that he was heading with support from Congress. He has broke down a number of times and this month, his outburst was all visible when he said that he was reduced to being a clerk rather than a CM. He had said on more than one occasion that party workers were happy but he was swallowing pain of the coalition.

Kumaraswamy is heading the Congress-JD(S) coalition government but Congress legislators, especially Siddaramaiah fraction, has refused to give him ample time for smooth functioning of the government. He is facing frequent brickbats from some sections of the coalition partner. The only glue keeping them together is their aversion to BJP.
Last year, he had said oenly, “I am not bothered how long I am here in this post. I believe I am here for five years. God gave me this opportunity, which I have to use for the benefit of people.” Immediately after coming to power, Kumaraswamy had said that no one could touch at least till the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are over.
Statements like these only serve to show how certain his insecurity is. It is as if he was bidding time till the Lok Sabha elections in May after which the real fate of his government is determined.
The JD(S) and the Congress had entered into a post-poll alliance but from the onset, this alliance was more a helplessness than natural camaraderie. The assembly polls last May yielded a hung verdict with the BJP emerging as the single largest part. It actually tried to form a government, hoping to buy some legislators with lure of power, but failed to do so. With a prospective third front being proposed at the national level and Congress’s role in it being unsure, the future appears for JD(S) not only bleak but confusing and self-destructive.

Priyanka Gandhi’s Entry – Formal Acknowledgement of Rahul’s Failure

When Defence Minister of India Nirmala Seetharaman spiritedly defended the government in Lok Sabha last week, Congress president Rahul Gandhi was at the forefront to deride her arguments. Seetharaman came clear with all facts regarding the Rafale deal and exposed all the canards spread by opposition, especially Congress. Rather than counter her arguments with equally forceful facts, the Congress President chose a very misogynist remark while targeting the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. “He is hiding behind a woman,” was the statement he made.
The irony came to haunt Gandhi and the Congress Party as Rahul’s sister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra formally entered politics on Wednesday. Immediately after her entry, Priyanka was appointed general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East. The liberal intelligentsia (!) hailed the move saying that it was the Brahmastra for the Congress Party. They saw in it the party’s intent to go full throttle in the state ahead of the general elections.
Little did they realize that it was a formal acknowledgement of Rahul Gandhi’s failure as a leader. It showed that Congress relied heavily on sympathy and emotional issues rather than hard facts of development. Congress workers do not tire of singing paeans to Priyanka charishma and try to make others feel that she exudes Indira Gandhi’s persona. Clearly, the party wants to project her as a woman leader in a bid to attract voters and want others to see in her what a true-blood Congressman would see. It will surely boost the morale of party workers in the state but to expect any far reaching effect of this move will be an exaggeration.
Rahul Gandhi fastThe question here is – If it takes Priyanka Gandhi to arrive to enthuse Congress workers, what is Rahul Gandhi there for? What is he doing there as party president?
With Priyanka’s entry, years of speculation have come to an end. The euphoria is reminiscent of Sonia Gandhi entering in politics at the fag end of 1997. But it must be noted here that even Sonia Gandhi was not successful in her first attempt. She had to spend seven years in opposition before leading her party to power with the help of a cobbled up alliance.
It was also in line with the tradition of Congress Party that Priyanka was given new assignment in the politically crucial state without doing actual party work on ground, for howsoever little period of time. Her only credential in politics till now was managing the campaign of her brother – more as a family duty rather than commitment towards ideology. Even though Priyanka was earlier actively involved in making key decisiona in the party along with her mother and brother, it was mostly behind-the-curtain affair. Her most recent visible role was in the selection of new chief ministers for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Even then, she neither faced media nor interacted with party workers. It was just a darbari affair.
Most importantly, Priyanka is ridden with a load in the form of her husband Robert Vadra, who is embroiled in several controversies and scams including land purchase scams in Haryana and Rajasthan and is facing probes by the Enforcement Directorate. To get past those blots will not be as easy as Congressmen wish.
One cannot but laugh head goes to see a masterstroke in this move. The same section was Jubilant in 2009 when Congress managed an appreciable performance in UP election. The Congress had then won 21 seats in the state in the 2009 general election. They attributed this tally to the ‘able leadership’ of Rahul Gandhi and saw in him new savior of party. And now they see next messiah in Priyanka as Rahul could not deliver after many attempts since then.
UP was a Congress bastion till the mid 1980s. Ever since then, it has lost ground in the state to BJP, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party. Most of this destruction took place under the nose of Rahul Gandhi but he sailed through thanks to dynastic mindset of Congress. To revive the party from such a sunken state is a herculean task, but never mind, none will held her responsible even if she fails to achieve her goal. After all she has a blessed lineage!

EVM Hacking Drama – A Cheap Gimmick by Congress

The grand old party of India (which incidentally is only 49 years old and not 113-years, as if popularly believed) is kicking and shouting like a spoiled child after being out of power. Its latest salvo in the form of EVM hacking has backfired terribly, upsetting even its staunch supporters in media. More than bringing ridicule to the party through such cheap gimmicks, it has brought disrepute to the democratic institutions in the country.
The Election Commission was justified in asking Delhi Police to lodge FIR against the purported hacker identified as Syed Shuja.
The cyber expert, during an event in London, claimed that he was part of the EVM design team and he can hack the EVMs used in the elections in India. He also made some sensational claims alleging that Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party and even Bahujan Samaj Party achieved success in elections through EVM tampering. The so called cyber expert, who had little antecedents to prove his credentials, had claimed that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were rigged. And most explosive claim was that BJP leader and Union Minister Gopinath Munde was “killed” because he was aware of EVM hacking in 2014 general elections.
The self-proclaimed cyber expert’s claims had all the elements of creating a magnificent scandal in the country even as Lok Sabha elections are barely a couple of months away.
Luckily enough, the game was spoiled because of presence of former Union Minister Kapil Sibal. That gave away all clues of this being a Congress-sponsored drama. Sibal is a respected name in legal circles, but he does not enjoy a good reputation in politics. He was the one asking the Supreme Court to postpone hearing of Ram Mandir case till after 2019 polls.
Thus, he is seen as someone who leaves no stone unturned to achieve his goals. Defeating BJP, and especially Narendra Modi, is a dream for Rahul Gandhi-led Congress and Sibal, like every other darbari politics in his party, is hell-bent on realizing this dream. However, his physical presence made the matters extremely difficult for his ilk and his party. Congress was too swift in denouncing him and distanced itself from his involvement in the matter.
What was Sibal doing there and in what capacity was he present – these are the questions that will be asked repeatedly. The secular campers will have a hard time replying to these questions satisfactorily.
This is why he went back foot immediately and explained that he was present in his personal capacity. However, no leader with a stature such as Sibal will dare to attend such a highly repercussive event without the party’s approval. Moreover, the said hacked targeting all parties except Congress was another red flag in believing Sibal’s words.

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As pointed by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Indian Journalists’ Association, which organized the conference in London, is headed by Ashis Ray who is a “committed Congressman” and has been singing paeans in support of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. He is a regular contributor to Congress mouthpiece National Herald, campaigns for the Congress on social media and has often attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Not only this, he had also organized Gandhi’s public event in London.
In such a scenario, a well-thought and potential weapon from Congress’s stead has gone in vain. The exercise was reduced to being a circus, a farce and a political stunt. This was supposed to be a press conference, yet Shuja did not offer any proof nor did he faced questions by the media. It was a really bad PR exercise.
It must be noted that EC had organized EVM hacking challenge about two years ago but no party or organization could prove anything. Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party was the only party that had shown interest in taking part in that challenge, but it failed miserably. Aam Admi Party and BSP were the parties at the forefront in levelling allegations of EVM tampering.
Therefore, the EC considers the EVM tampering as a closed chapter and rightly so. Congress has made a laughing stock by putting up theatrics in the name of democracy. It would be worthwhile it they spend their energies in building organization rather in indulging in cheap acts. If they do not stop and listen to conscience, they would probable require such flimsy excuses after defeat in ensuing elections.

Now Running…The Karnataka Potboiler

The recent blockbuster KGF aka Kolar Gold Fields starring Yash had a short-lived glory at all. The movie, first in recent times to appeal to Hindi moviegoers simultaneously with Kannada ones, earned appreciation from all and performed well on the box office. However, its successful run was interrupted by another political thriller from Karnataka though not on reel but in real.

The political situation in Karnataka is still uncertain with both Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party flexing their muscles.  As usually happens in such situations, the MLA from both parties have been taken away at safe refuges to save them from the rival onslaught. The political air in Karnataka is full of chaos as of now.

BJP accused Congress of trying to lure their MLAs only to be paid back in the same coin by Congress. The latter convened a meeting of its MLAs on Friday. It was left red-faced when four dissident Congress MLAs  skipped the Congress Legislature Party which was touted as the  show of strength in a counter to an alleged bid by the BJP to topple the coalition government in the state. Now, former CM and CLP leader Siddaramaiah has promised us that the party would issue notices to four MLAs seeking explanation from them for their absence at the meeting.

And amidst all these turmoil, CM Kumaraswamy says his government is not in danger. The guy is not just lucky, he has guts too!

The fate of Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka’s JDS-Congress government is still hanging on a thin wire. The two independent MLAs have openly severed ties with the government while reports confirm that more Congress MLAs have gone incommunicado.

As per the media reports emerging from Bengaluru, around 11 legislators had gone missing and Congress leadership was unable to contact them. It is said that these legislators could resign from Congress and shift loyalties to BJP.

In the meantime, BJP has taken their MLAs in the safe confines of a hotel in Gurugram.

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On Friday, Siddaramaiah briefed the reporters after the CLP meet and said that the issue would be discussed with the party high command and state leaders after receiving the replies from the absentees and then only  decision on next step would be taken. . The absentee MLAs were: Ramesh Jarkiholi, who was dropped as minister in the recent cabinet rejig and is said to be extremely unhappy over it, B Nagendra, Umesh Jadhav and Mahesh Kumatahalli. Of these MLAs, Jadhav from Chincholi, who was aspiring to be a minister, has been spotted with BJP leaders in Delhi. These MLAs are said to be disgruntled over not finding place in the coalition government.

Siddaramaiah said Jadhav had written saying he would not be able to attend the meet as he was unwell, while Nagendra had spoken to AICC general secretary K C Venugopal conveying his inability to attend because of a court case. The other two MLAs had not communicated anything, he said.

All in all, the Kumaraswamy government is in peril as it was since the day one. It was established on a shaky ground. The only footing it had was hatred for Narendra Modi. That was a very delicate ground for any government to run smoothly. Whether BJP is running Operation Lotus or not, a Damocles’ sword would always be handed on the head of Congress-JDS combine. How both the parties overcome this anti-climax will be the real spectacle worth watching.