If India has Amit Shah as Chanakya, Congress has DK Shivakumar. This is the forward, which is making rounds in social media. Amid high-octane drama in Karnataka and the subsequent anti-climax at Vidhana Soudha, one thing that stood out was DK Shivakumar’s sheer control over things.
The senior Congress leader and former minister in Siddaramaiah government who had predicted BS Yeddyurappa’s resignation before the crucial floor test is being seen as the man responsible for keeping the flock together and outwitting the BJP’s strategy.
Doddallahalli Kempegowda Shivakumar began his political journey in 1985 and in three decades, he has become the go-to person, the master strategist in the Congress. The year 1999 can be seen as the breakthrough time for Shivakumar. He was one of the youngest ministers in Karnataka cabinet.
DK Shivakumar is said to be close to Gandhi family. They consider him as one of their trusted aide. This is not the first time he has played the role of a troubleshooter for the Congress. Before Karnataka, Shivakumar saved the day for Congress in Maharashtra and Gujarat. He has handled these responsibilities in the past. He did it when Vilasrao Deshmukh was in Maharashtra and there was a crisis. He had also taken care of Gujarat MLAs.
For past four days, he hadn’t gone home. For nearly 100 hours, Shivakumar made sure that the all Congress MLAs were safe and present in the Vidhana Soudha just before the floor test. Though known for harbouring dream of becoming Chief Minister, he has said that he will abide by any decision made by high command.
Coming from the powerful Vokkaliga community, Shivakumar set aside his differences with HD Deve Gowda and son HD Kumaraswamy to save the post-poll alliance. According to political strategist, services of DK Shivakumar is needed in Central team. Shivakumar can be the kind of strategist Congress needs at national level. In near future, we can expect DKS at central level playing role equivalent to Amit Shah of BJP.