Bangalore, Dec 10: It was billed as a revenge act and a show of strength. But Karnataka strongman BS Yeddyurappa failed to provide proper sound bites and also miserably failed to control the crowd on a hot Sunday.
Crores of rupees may be spent on the show with lakhs of people ferried from various parts of Karnataka. When there is revenge in the air, it is difficult to be magnanimous. Unfortunately, it was the crowd that did not show any inclination to be disciplined or large-hearted to accommodate difficulties thrown by such huge events.
The crowd was restless and noisy, kept pushing towards the huge dais with no apparent purpose except may be to catch glimpses of film actress Pooja Gandhi.
No leader worth his salt was able to push back the surging crowd. As Yeddyurappa rose to speak, the situation became unmanageable and it remained like that. The Lingayat strongman tried to bring order but failed miserably. It was his show but Yeddyurappa's glory moments were only when he came to the venue at Haveri town in an open car. Other than that he could not complete his speech or provide a glorious moment for the crowd to take back to their villages and towns.
Yeddyurappa does not seem to have learnt from the history. The fact was brought out clearly by Union labour minister Mallikarjun Kharge.
"People have seen in the past that regional parties could never make any significant impact in State politics; the efforts of Mr Yeddyurappa too will meet the same fate," he said on Sunday.
Giving examples from the past, he said leaders such as Devaraj Urs, Ramakrishna Hegde and S Bangarappa also launched their regional parties, but didn't get the desired result because people of the State did not accept the concept.
"When ideological and principled people such as Hegde, Urs and Bangarappa failed, how can Yeddyurappa, who is facing several corruption charges, succeed?" Kharge asked.
It looks like Yeddyurappa is not trying to build a party but is out to destroy the BJP. That explains the Haveri event.