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VOX POPULI: Eileena Jaisheelan, Mary Maitra, Panduranga Naidu, Ramakrishna A.T., Udi Urs and Usha Devender. Photos: Sampath Kumar G.P.
VOX POPULI: Eileena Jaisheelan, Mary Maitra, Panduranga Naidu, Ramakrishna A.T., Udi Urs and Usha Devender. Photos: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Staff Reporter

Bangaloreans disappointed with political developments in the State

BANGALORE: The possibility of a new coalition government taking office may not be news for Bangaloreans.

But it looks as though people are really "disappointed" with the "political infighting" and the resultant crisis in the State.

The average Bangalorean feels a new government is not likely to bring in any change in the administration or the standard of living.

'For the sake of power'

"Politicians are only bothered about their welfare. The sequence of events in the last few days clearly indicate that the Janata Dal (Secular) group of MLAs led by H.D. Kumaraswamy are associating with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) just for the sake of power. None of these MLAs are really bothered about what the people want," Udi Urs, a vendor, said.

Usha Devender, a housewife endorsed Mr. Urs' thoughts. "If the new partners form the government, they will also try their luck for some months and make the best use of their power. Who is bothered about creating more employment opportunities for the unemployed? The politicians simply talk before getting elected. We are fed up of this infighting," she said.

Eileena Jaisheelan and Mary Maitra, housewives, opposed the concept of a coalition government.

'Single party rule'

"There should be a single party rule with a strong opposition. If two parties come together and form a government they will be busy managing to maintain the relationship rather than think about development and welfare activities," Ms Maitra said. "We are disappointed because the BJP, which is known for its communal attitude, is going to be a part of the government. For us, the S.M. Krishna Government was the best," Ms. Jaisheelan said. Marulasiddaiah, a real estate agent, said that it was always better to have the same party rule both at the Centre and the State. "If the Janata Dal (S)-BJP coalition government rules the State, it will be difficult to get funds for development from the Centre, where the Congress-led coalition is in power," he said.

But A.T. Ramakrishna and Panduranga Naidu, DRDO employees, felt the members of the new coalition partners formed a "young and enthusiastic" team. "We are sure they will do a better job than the Dharam Singh-led coalition. Though Mr. Kumaraswamy is not as experienced as Mr. Dharam Singh, we believe he is capable of offering a better government to the people with the help of BJP leaders," they said.

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