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Big players at starting line end up as bit players at finish line

india Updated: May 09, 2013 02:42 IST
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The Karnataka election results have turned out to be a major disappointment for the BJP’s outgoing chief minister (CM) Jagadish Shettar and CM aspirant G Parameshwar, who is Karnataka Congress president.

Shettar hoped he would continue in office, maybe with Janata Dal(S) support. And Parameshwar, to whom goes the credit for the organisational part of the victory, lost the though his party won handsomely.

At the press meet, Parameshwara said with tears in his eyes: “I worked for the party and wanted for it an overall win. But I could not concentrate on my constituency as I was busy with the entire state.”

Congress sources said the party high command was happy with his work and would allow him to continue in his present post.

Former CM and Karnataka Janata Paksha chief BS Yeddyurappa and Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, who hoped to hold the balance in the case of a fractured verdict, will also join the ranks of the disappointed lot.

Though Yeddyurappa managed to spoil the BJP’s chances, he was hoping to play the role of kingmaker. According to his close aides, he is expecting the BJP to invite him to join the party again, keeping the Lok Sabha elections in view.

And Kumaraswamy blamed the media for this result.