When Sadananda Gowda took over as Karnataka's Chief Minister nearly a month ago, he declared that he would not serve as a "puppet Chief Minister." Many recognized it as an empty threat. And today, there's little doubt about who's really the boss. BS Yeddyurappa drives around town in a convoy that's led by a pilot vehicle with the lal batti or red beacon that flashes extreme political significance. He's trailed by three escort cars. It's the sort of security Mr Yeddyurappa enjoyed when he was Chief Minister. In fact, he is now a regular member of the legislative assembly, entitled to one escort car. But while he may have been forced to surrender his title, he trappings of power suggest he's still in charge. Even though his application for bail is still to be heard on September 7.