• Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | September 10, 2104 | 11.35 am IST Poor Shobha Karandlaje.  Here she is, widely acknowledged to be a good administrator, even by her detractors. When Yeddyurappa was chief minister, he relied extensively on his protégé Karandlaje, and party workers often found themselves dealing with her instead of the chief minister. Recently, somebody in the BJP, unintentionally of course, clipped the wings of such a dedicated party worker even before she could fly.  Kannada news channel Public TV reported that during a recent programme organized by the BJP at its party office in Bangalore, Shobha Karandlaje was invited to address party workers. He introduced her as an MP, said a few other things about her and then the bomb dropped: ... today’s programme will be inaugurated by former chief minister Shobha Karandlaje. And he continued to praise her work. A few people present near journalists, tried to salvage the situation. They said that the mistake was probably because when the BJP was in power in the state with Yeddyurappa as the chief minister, within the BJP, it was Shobha Karandlaje who was the chief minister, and that party workers were so used to calling her former chief minister amongst themselves, and it just slipped out. Karandlaje reportedly nurses ambitions to become the state’s first woman chief minister. And she had been invited to train the Yuva Morcha members on how to make good speeches and issue statements on controversial situations without embarrassing themselves.