1. BJP’s invitation to SM Krishna proves politics is no less than war

BJP’s invitation to SM Krishna proves politics is no less than war

While there are many people who are criticising this move by BJP by calling it a desperate attempt to save its image in the state, one cannot blame them as it isn't the first such case.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 8, 2017 1:11 PM
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Growing up, all of us were told ‘everything is fair in love and war’ many times. However, when you look around how things happen in India, political parties over the years have proved that election is no less than a war for them. In one such incident, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has invited the former Minister of External Affairs and a hardcore Congressman, SM Krishna to join the party in Karnataka. Krishna who has previously served as the Chief Minister of the state, quit the Indian National Congress saying that he was being ignored since 2012.

While there are many people who are criticising this move of BJP by calling it a desperate attempt to save its image in the state, one cannot blame them as it isn’t the first such case. Only a couple of months ago, we had a similar toss in Punjab when the former cricketer and BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu joined Congress ahead of the assembly elections in the state. In his first conference after joining the party, he called himself a born Congressman and said this switch is a homecoming for him.

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Now, when Sidhu who has always been critical of Congress throughout his political career can make a move like this for his political gain or Rahul Gandhi can join hands with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh to fight off Modi wave, there is no reason why BJP can’t do the same in Karnataka where their image has taken a hit in last few years.

The fact that, Karnataka BJP president and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and former deputy chief minister R Ashok themselves went and talked to SM Krishna, shows how important this move is for the Bharatiya Janata Party. “A formal invitation was extended at the meeting on Monday to join the BJP. But Krishna is yet to decide. Something will be known by March 12,” said one of BJP’s members.

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If sources are to be believed SM Krishna can join BJP after a formal meeting with BJP national president Amit Shah in New Delhi next week. If the 84-year-old decided to join the party despite his strong stand over the years, it will re-establish the fact that everything is fair in love and war.

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