Congress loses one more crowd-puller
In the recent Karnataka Assembly elections, Congress CM Siddaramaiah has lost Chamundeswari and won Badami by a thin margin. For a CM who was billed to be too big, this is nothing less than humiliating!
His party was counting big on him. He was seen as a mass leader and he indeed was poised to deliver goods. BJP's BS Yeddyurappa stood no chance against him. However, Siddu was swept up by the Modi wave. There was also anti-incumbency against his Ministers. And he himself was seen as "anti-Vokkaliga and anti-Dalit" by many.
Although Congress has got a higher vote share than BJP, five years after Siddu ruled the state, the saffron party has only made greater inroads, even in rural areas. His Bhagya schemes failed to salvage his party. All in all, Congress now has lost its last strong leader in the South!