As it is, there was little to be said about the suspected virtues of God’s Own Party with a Difference when an MLA’s wife (Raghupati Bhat) was “half-kidnapped” and the State’s home minister V.S. Acharya was promising she would be reunited with her family in a “matter of hours” only to report her death in a matter of hours.
As it is, there was little to be said about the suspected values of God’s Own Party with a Difference when another MLA (M.P. Renukacharya), whose public display of affection with a “nurse” were plastered all over the front pages for months, was promoted as minister in a tradeoff to keep a tottering government alive.
It stands to unreason, therefore, that God’s Own Party with a Difference should see a minister (Hartalu Halappa) caught with his pants down with a friend’s wife, not as a further affront to women by the shameless snakes who earn their votes in the name of Lord Rama, but as a political conspiracy aimed at weakening an already beleaguered chief minister.
But not for nothing does B.S. Yediyurappa continue to be the chief minister of Karnataka.
Shortly after Halappa resigned, even though Vijaya Karnataka, the newspaper that outed him did not name him, Yediyurappa was dipping into his pocket dictionary to offer an extraordinary defence of the scum from his home-district Shimoga, calling him a loyal party worker—and a “satvik” person.
Satvik, as in noble?
Satvik, as in pure, positive, beneficial?
Satvik, as in virtuous?
Satvik, as in a true devotee?
Any wonder, why politics is no longer the last refuge of scoundrels but the first, and any wonder why politicians engender such mistrust and cynicism (for which they then blame the media)?
Photograph: Chandravati, the housewife allegedly molested by minister Hartalu Halappa, with her husband Venkatesh Murthy at Vinobhanagar police station in Shimoga on Monday to file a complaint (Karnataka Photo News)