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CAGED UPA

Both Sangh Parivar journals have used the resignations of two Union ministers, Pawan Bansal and Ashwani Kumar, as vindication of their misgivings about the UPA government. The cover story and editorial in the Organiser recount the events leading to the resignations to highlight the "total collapse of governance", which has become a "national shame" because the UPA has turned into a "government of dealers and brokers". Panchjanya also has a cover story and editorial, and paints Congress president Sonia Gandhi's attempt to project a brave front as "arrogance" akin to that of the "Godfather" from Mario Puzo's novel.

KARNATAKA LOSS

While both weeklies have consigned the BJP's defeat in Karnataka to the inside pages, they are unanimous in their admission that it was the state BJP's infighting that led to the debacle. A report in the Organiser has blamed "serious infighting" and the "ouster of people like former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa" from the party. An analysis in Panchjanya acknowledges the importance of Yeddyurappa's ouster, but claims that it was people's frustration with the "infighting" that alienated the electorate from the BJP.

While Panchjanya opines that the Congress's victory didn't diminish corruption as an issue in elections, the Organiser projects the verdict as a "warning" to the BJP to set its house in order, given that the "BJP lost in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh also for the same reason". The journals, however, suggest the need to bring Yeddyurappa back to the BJP fold. The Organiser report advises the BJP that "it must try to bring under its fold all such mass leaders who have either left the party or [been] expelled" in the manner Kalyan Singh was brought back in Uttar Pradesh. As an aside, Panchjanya is critical of attempts to run down Narendra Modi's political charisma after the party's defeat in Karnataka.

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