The Andhra Pradesh governor, Narain Dutt Tiwari, has been “ejected prematurely” from his post, in the imaginative words of one headline writer, after a TV station aired a sting operation showing the octagenarian in a “compromising position” with women a third his age.
Meanwhile, Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa has rolled out the red carpet for the sex-tainted M.P. Renukacharya. The induction of the dissident MLA has, for the moment, solved one minor headache and met the demand of the Reddy brothers. But it has spawned dissidence across the BJP.
Questions: Should the “party with a difference” retain Renukacharya or drop him? Should the BJP set an example or should it do what it pleases because the Congress does so too? Is curbing dissidence more important than setting a high benchmark? Will Renukacharya’s inclusion prolong Yediyurappa’s reign or is this the beginning of the end?