(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 28, 2010
Double Speak, Thy Name is BJP
IN a classic case of
double speak and
political opportunism sans any sense of guilt, the BJP has decided to
its Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, despite the mounting
corruption and nepotism against him. As
the trend of the
While the BJP seeks to take totally undeserved credit
When questioned by the media as to how the BJP can explain its demand for a JPC to investigate the 2G spectrum scam at the centre while supporting the Karnataka chief minister to remain in office, one of its leaders rather candidly said, “The party carefully weighed its possible political losses in Karnataka, where it could lose its government if it were to insist on its chief minister resigning, against the notional political gain through satisfaction of doing what it preaches to others so that it can continue to wave the morality flag here.
“It is veering round to the conclusion that it would be foolish to endanger its only government in the south to get some brownie morality points that do not count on the ground.” (The Hindu, November 24, 2010)
The BJP national president has said that the commission of enquiry appointed by the Karnataka government would go into the allegations of massive land scams that have happened at the behest of the chief minister. The state cabinet had already decided, many weeks ago, to conduct a judicial enquiry into these grave charges. The CPI(M) had described this as an eye wash since a judicial enquiry has no power to prosecute the culprits. It is such an enquiry that the BJP national president now invokes to justify their seriousness in enquiring into these allegations.
The list of corruption scandals against the chief minister and his family is, indeed, long. In these columns, in the past, we had detailed some of these and also exposed the fact that many ministers had to resign from their posts due to corruption scandals.
Even through the current crisis, it has been revealed that the chief minister’s sons have struck yet another land deal. They purchased government land for Rs 40 lakh in 2006, when Yeddyurappa was the deputy chief minister. According to the Karnataka Land Transfer Restriction Act, 1991, transfer, alienation or mortgage of land notified by the Bangalore Development Authority is a criminal offence which attracts a minimum imprisonment of three years. Yet, on November 3, 2008, Yeddyurappa now as the chief minister issued an order denotifying the land. This very land was sold this Monday, November 22, 2010, for Rs 20 crore to a mining firm (Times of India, November 24, 2010). Obviously, the fear of the chief minister being forced to quit had moved his sons’ to sell this land for a huge profit. Elsewhere in this issue (page 2), some of the other scams are listed.
On an earlier occasion, these columns had detailed how the Yeddyurappa government manipulated its way to remain in office by engineering a majority in the assembly through immoral acts like `operation lotus’. Even today, the government has a majority in the assembly only because some MLAs have been disqualified prior to the vote of confidence. In an assembly with full strength, the Yeddyurappa government does not command a majority. Out of a total strength of 225 (including a lone nominated member), the BJP commands a strength of only 106.
The BJP seems to have hit another morality crisis in Uttarakhand. Many of its top leaders are mounting pressure for the removal of its chief minister Ramesh Pokhriya Nishank , who is mired in a spate of scandals. Two major scandals rocking the state include alleged irregularities in 56 hydro electric projects and changing the land use of a 15 acre industrial plot worth Rs 400 crores and handing it over to real estate developers for a mere Rs 3 crores at Rishikesh.
It is, thus, clear that on
of large-scale corruption, the colossal loot of
(November 24, 2010)