After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surged ahead in Karnataka becoming the single largest party, former Jammu Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah put out a couple of telling tweets on Congress' loss. In one tweet, he took an apparent dig at the Congress party and its president over their ‘potential’ defence of their dismal loss.
“Please save this tweet for future reference. If I win it was all my charm & hard work. If I lose it’s all down to those blasted EVMs,” wrote Omar.
Omar’s tweet was an apparent dig at the Congress party, which has set a precedent of blaming EVM tampering after every electoral loss.
Though, Congress is yet to release its statement on Karnataka, however, it would be interesting to see whether this time they blame the EVMs for their loss or not.
In his second tweet, Omar likened the Karnataka election results to a betrayal of sorts.
Taking to Twitter, Omar wrote, “Et tu Karnataka.”
Omar’s tweet was inspired by an iconic dialogue in a Shakespearean play, ‘Julius Caesar’. In the play, the protagonist, Julius Caesar, was killed and the attack was led by his dear friend Brutus, who stabbed him in the back. The particular scene in the play gave birth to the phrase ‘to stab in the back’ which literally means ‘to be betrayed’ as Caesar was betrayed by none other than his own dear friend.
In the play, taken aback by his friend’s betrayal, Caesar’s last words were, “Et tu, Brute?”, whose literal translation is “Even you, Brutus?”
Interestingly, Julius Caesar was assassinated on the 'ides of March', ie, March 15 and today is May 15, ides of May.
After the loss in Karnataka, the Congress has been reduced to just three states, namely, Punjab, Mizoram and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Karnataka was a crucial state for the Congress party as it was the only Congress-ruled state from where the party had 20 or more members of Parliament.
The Karnataka Assembly elections come at a critical time in Indian politics, a year to go before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and a year after perhaps the BJP's biggest electoral achievement -- the stellar win in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Given that the last major win for the Opposition was in the Bihar elections in 2015 and Karnataka is the last large state, apart from the Punjab, to be held by the Congress, it presents the BJP with a chance to go further than anybody ever has in making a 'Congress mukt Bharat', as has been party president Amit Shah's goal. Follow it in-depth here.