‘We, the People’ are responsible for what we get

GOVINDA K. writes: It is blithely said that the people deserve the kind of leaders they get. But two recent incidents of the misbehavior of newly elected elected corporators in Mysore shows that there is more than an element of luck or chance involved in the election of such leaders.

That “We, the People” are more responsible than we would like to claim culpability for it.

In one case, Congress corporator of ward No.53 Anwar Baig, alias Aftab fired at Nasir, a tenant of a house at Rajiv Nagar on December 1. According to the police, Baig, who is also into real estate activities, reportedly wanted to move into the house, and was exerting pressure on Nasir to vacate.

Nasir lodged a compliant with Udayagiri Police, but inspector Dhananjay said the accused was absconding. A case had been booked against Baig for attempt to murder and under the Arms Act.

And in the other case, Mahadesh aka Avva Maadesha, a JDS corporator from V.V. Mohalla ward, is said to have slapped the driver of a Mysore City Corporation van carrying garbage and used vulgar language. The driver Jagadeesh tried to lodge a complaint with V.V. Mohalla police station. But the police refused to register the complaint.

The incident took place on November 27. When police took no action, Jagadeesh approached Corporation commissioner P. Manivannan through the corporation workers’ association. The police have now registered a complaint but have claimed that the said corporator is absconding.

These two incidents pose a number of questions. Why do we elect such representatives? How do they go around with guns and revolvers? Why do they have no control over their tongues and limbs? How do they manage to “abscond” at the drop of a hat? Why do the police seem so reluctant to act against such leaders?

And above all, is there no way we can evolve a mechanism to recall such recalcitrant representatives instead of being stuck with them for the next five years?