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Gossip rules corridors of power

BANGALORE: That there is no governance in the State although there might be government becomes immediately obvious as one enters the Vidhana Soudha. Political uncertainty has brought about a haunting lifelessness inside the magnificent edifice despite the relaxation in restrictions on entry of visitors.

Step into the lengthy corridors of power and an eerie silence, anxiety and indifference welcome one and all, irrespective of one’s stature, position or political clout.Hardly any Minister has stepped into his chamber on the second and third floors of the Vidhana Soudha since the crisis erupted a week ago.

With Ministers staying away, holidaying or going on pilgrimage — as is the case with most of those from the Janata Dal (Secular) — their followers are nowhere to be seen. Amid the dullness, there is some file movement.One would be lucky to run into "political observers" indulging in their own calculations and gossip or attempting to lead or mislead "information factories". Awaiting the political denouement on expected lines, a few people were seen and heard discussing "the list of new Ministers" from the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular).

A discussion among officials and "observers" overheard by this correspondent on Tuesday revolved round Chief Ministerial aspirant H.D. Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister "designate" B. S. Yediyurappa. Their horoscopes, "vastu" and history of chambers, and their effect on the occupants were favourite topics of discussion.

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