As the ruling BJP in Karnataka continues with its breathtaking assault on democracy through its euphemistically titled “Operation Lotus”, wooing defectors and making a mockery of the recent elections while grandstanding on “political morality”, Deccan Herald has an editorial:
“Even conceding that the legislators resigned their seats before joining the BJP, does it not amount to an insult to the voters who elected them in the first place?
“Can a ruling party use the loaves of office at its disposal and make a mockery of the Anti-Defection Act? Can democracy survive if legislators begin to think that they can serve their constituencies only if they are in the ruling party?
“Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa’s assertion that the legislators are queueing up on their own holds no water as three of the defectors have already been made ministers and there are reports that others will also be suitably accommodated either in the cabinet or as chairmen of boards and corporations.
“There was a general feeling of disgust among the people and sympathy for the BJP when it accused the UPA government at the Centre of disbursing cash-for-votes to win the confidence motion in parliament recently, but what the party is doing in Karnataka is equally vulgar and blatant misuse of money power.”
Read the full editorial: Disturbing moves
Also read: CHURUMURI POLL: Are MLAs deceiving voters?
Tughalak rules Karnataka :D
Yellaru vvondhe jaathi – halka nan makklu
When it comes to assault on democracy, these people still can’t beat us.
Keep wishing for the son of the oils regime to be back.
Bangalore roads are being widened and development work is in full pace. 5 years of neglect by the joint development party and the congress. I am happy if the party throws money but develops the state, unlike others who eat money and leave the state to the dogs.
Yeah exactly! Would you prefer a Dirty Devegowda and Sons pretend Governance:) Come on the Centre is doing the same thing and where was Deccan Herald? BJP’s operation ‘Lootus’ is only a sideshow in the larger scheme of things. Expect the doyen of dirty politics, Dirty Devegowda to issue some killer statements from now on:)
When congress does it or when JD(S) does it then all the MLAs are leaving communal party to be with secular parties and they are only strengthening democracy.
When BJP does it, it is vulgar use of money power.
Dint Churumuri have a post, a much better one at that, on this topic ?
BJP, having come to power the first time in Karnataka, is doing all it can to sustain its hold on power.
Deccan Herald is a known congress supporter.
If elected MLAs resign and go back to the people again, it is up to the people to re-elect them or not. If people are not happy, let them not re-elect them. There is no ‘mockery’ of elections.
Dirty Gowda has given an ultimatum to his MLAs: Whoever wants to leave should do that before 3oth Aug!!!
@chet and other cheddis,
People have elected them to rule for years and these As***** switch the party and force election on people every 6 months. Do you think they have switched the party just on idealogical basis and not for maney and power? Why was they given minister and other posts even before they are democratically elected from BJP? Is it a known fact that money and power has lured them and BJP doesn’t have any moral rights to accuse Congress of murdering democracy.
Ks.. the underwear….
People also vote for a particular candidate from a party X because they are against the policies of Party Y.
Now if Party Y gets these Party MPs/MLAs to vote in its favour, are these elected representatives doing morally right thing? Obviously not.
This is precisely what happened when the CONgress scraped through the no confidence motion. Imagine begging in front of a person like Shibu Soren to save the government or allowing convicted criminals languishing in jails to come to the parliament to vote for the ruling party!!!!
Compared to these kind of things, it is thousand times better that these elected reps resign from their posts and go before the people to get re elected. Atleast in this case, the people have the power to boot them out in case they dont approve the antics of these MLAs/MPs. What say do the people have in the kind of drama that was enacted in Delhi few weeks back??? Zilch.. zero… sonne…correct??? So what are you cribbing about??
Wearing a Cheddi is far better than roaming around in an underwear…like the way the sickularists do!!!!
My ajji says that Lingayats are behaving like Jews and it is very dangerous for Karnataka’s multicultural, multi caste/religion society.
@ Lingayats, please don’t call her an anti – Lingayat. She herself is a true Lingayat and a freedom fighter.
She believes in Basavanna’s preachings. She says that Lingayats shouldn’t practice caste as it is totally against Basavanna’s basic principles and teachings.
As I have said in my comments on the cash-for-votes post, there are no angels in India’s politics. Whether it was the BJP or any other party displaying bribe money on the floor of the house was only incidental. They are all the same. Honourable exceptions apart(try to spot them!) they are all in this business for the bucks, and the bang of power. That is what ‘serving the nation’ actually means. Fortunately, a few are actually able to spare some time for good governance. Find them and vote for them, no matter which party the are in.
I am very happy for the lotus operation.Just in two months people are seeing what BJP can achieve.
Guys…. Whether its X or Y party who indulges in Corruption, its the Citizens’s money going down the drain.
Inflation cannot be just attributed to Oil etc… The amount of Loans borrowed by the State and the Central Govt is being burdened on the Citizens in the form of interest.
SAKRAMA,CVS and SAS are examples of extortion by the GOVT. Future Citizens of this Country will be in peril on account of the misdeeds of these hoodwinkers.
All political parties indulge in backroom dealings away from the Public glare regarless whether they are in RULING OR OPPOSITION.
The image of RULING and OPPOSITION is for the Public to swallow with a pinch of salt.
India is a GENETIC accident of CASTES,RELIGION.LANGUAGE and LINGUISTIC differences. CORRUPTION is the only form of UNITY in this Country.
Believe it or Not Corruption is the only form of FUNDAMENTAL unity.
Isnt it fair to follow Krishna Neeti…when you are surrounded by the Gowda wolves…and the Italian toilet cleaners…you gotta defend yourself.
And Dakkan Herald talking about ethics…puhleseese…The paper which was silent when Deve Gowda pulled the plug now talks about ethics..
That is the most spineless paper in Bharat
I just this in Deccan Herald today’s edition. Do they need to go to US? All of them?
“Inquiry sought into 115 BJP MLAs’ US trip ”
This is one incident.
I dont know how many of you noticed on televisions. I watched here in Tokyo complete live telecast of olympic opening ceremony.
Sonia Gandhi went to opening ceremony of olympics and happily seen with other heads of states gallery. When did she become head of the Indian state? Obviously the money is from Indian citizens.
Whether BJP, Congi, Commies, there should be transparency.
@ MUM – DH used the harshest language against Gowda when ditched BJP. Please support BJP. Hosa maduve alva?!
I am sorry your Ajji deserves mdedical attention ASAP! What is the connection with Jews? May be the doctors at MIMHANS can discover something. Also, do yourself a favor: please get admitted pronto at NIMHANS along with your octo or nanogenerian Ajji. You deserve it for all your hardwork in explaining the virtues of Deccan Herald. Thanks.
Lingayats are just brahmins version 2.0. Are they anywhere following basavaNNa’s preachings?
basavaNNa yella haaLe kaalakke simitha vyakthi.avara mathigu vachanakke yava kavaDe belenu illa indhu.
Its better a pure kannada literature(probably one of the few literatures of kannada which came without sanskrits influence) like vachana are not used in such political discussions.
Most of us are casteist. How much ever we try to deny it, deep down it comes down to supporting our caste and its ways and blaming the others. I realize that I cant really get it out of my system. There is obviously a better way to reconcile this – belong to my caste and support its culture and good practices, while not letting it degenerate into sycophancy, corruption and hatred of others.