Poor governance preceded partisan governor

BJP has itself to blame in Karnataka

ajay

Ajay Singh | October 15, 2010



In Bangalore’s Vidhana Soudha, history is repeating itself as farce. Even as governor HR Bhardwaj has set October 14 as the fresh deadline for the Yedyurappa government to prove its majority on the floor of the house, the course of events from here on seems quite predictable.

Having lost the majority, the BJP will use every trick of the trade to avoid the floor test. The BJP has already raised the pitch against the governor whose dubious conduct has come in handy for the strategists who are sensing an opportunity for the ruling party to wash its sins in the halo of political martyrdom. Chief minister B S Yedyurappa benefited from such martyrdom in the last election. But he refuses to see the changed political scenario in the state.

Unlike the assembly elections in which Yedyurappa mobilised people’s sympathy (particularly of lingayats, his caste men), his tenure of nearly two and a half years stands discredited, marred by a series of corruptions and unprincipled politics. His own conduct has never been above board particularly with regard to his dogged insistence on the re-induction of a close woman colleague in the cabinet. The manner in which he and his party compromised on the Reddy brothers and their illegal mining has only reaffirmed the widespread belief that his regime is an apology for governance.

It is obvious that the BJP regime has lost its majority. With 18 legislators revolting against Yedyurappa, the party has practically lost its first toehold across the Vindhyas, the gateway to the South. The BJP would have done well to ponder over and reflect as to why it fell from glory to its nadir in Karnataka. However, the party suddenly discovered speaker KG Bopaiah who virtually acted as a mercenary and suspended 18 rebels without giving them even a semblance of a trial.

The manner in which the vote of confidence was conducted was reflective of the venal and subversive politics played by the BJP. Even though governor Bhardwaj’s conduct was quite dubious in pulling all the strings to bring down the government, the Yedyurappa government deserved equal blame in subverting constitutional propriety.

This case curiously seemed a replay of a similar drama in the UP assembly where Mulayam Singh Yadav tried to use speaker Dhani Ram Varma to manipulate the assembly proceedings when Mayawati was appointed chief minister for the first time. The then governor Motilal Vora had set the agenda and directed the speaker to conduct proceedings as per his directive. Varma had declared the governor’s missive as “unconstitutional” and adjourned the assembly sine die. But Mayawati countered Dhani Ram Varma’s move by propping up one Barkhu Ram Varma. The BJP then decried Dhani Ram Varma’s actions as repugnant to the basic principles of democracy. The irony of today’s situation is that through KG Bopiah, the BJP is doing a Dhani Ram Varma in Karnataka assembly.

Comments

 

Other News

Seeking religious aid in governance in India

India is known for its old and rich culture, and religion forms a substantial part of it. In India it is hard to find people who categorise themselves as atheists, unless we refer to the matrimonial or dating apps that now have a breed distancing themselves from any religion and categorise themselves as sp

Uneasy calm in riot-torn Delhi

No untoward incidents have been reported from the parts of the capital that witnessed communal riots this week, but the peace Thursday morning was still tentative and a number of those hospitalized for injuries were battling for life. Clashes began Sunday evening and engulfed parts of northe

Modi-Trump show gives India-US ties new dynamism

In the more than 40 hours of stay in India during his two-day visit, US president Donald Trump exhibited his talents as a politician and also a showman with acumen to provide the Indian audience and Americans back home enough opportunity to stay glued to his activities on the Indian soil. Whether it be his

People-to-people relations the real foundation of Indo-US friendship: Modi

On the second and last day of US president Donald Trump’s India visit, prime minister Narendra Modi said the real foundation of Indo-US friendship is people-to-people relations. Trump, meanwhile, sidestepped the contentious issues of the protests against the new citizenship law, telling a joint press

America loves India, America respects India: Trump

America loves India, America respects India, said US president Donald Trump as he and first lady Melania Trump began their short visit of India from Ahmedabad on Monday, welcomed by prime minister Narendra Modi. The US president was in Ahmedabad, in Modi`s home state of Gujarat, to attend th

2020 is crucial for CPSE: Arjun Ram Meghwal

"The year 2020 is going to be a significant year for India and especially for Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE), "said the Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for heavy industries and public enterprises on Wednesday at the 7th PSU Awards and Conference organised by Governance Now on 19th



Archives

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter