The Lok Ayukta of Karnataka, Justice N. Santosh Hegde, has provided an appropriate curtain-raiser to the “Sadhane Samavesha” (convention of achievements) of the two-year-old BJP government in Karnataka by shining a grim light on the dark and devious role being played by B.S. Yediyurappa‘s regime in shielding the corrupt.
Justice Hegde has exposed the BJP government’s efforts to thwart his efforts to catch the corrupt; he has shown how corrupt officials were reinstated despite the cheif minister’s assurances; he has thrown light on how 5,00,000 tonnes of iron ore transported illegally from Bellary and seized by forest authorities “disappeared”. Etcetera.
Simply put, Justice Hegde has shown how the Yediyurappa dispensation which takes the high moral road in public takes a low immoral one in private. At another level, the charges are more proof of why Karnataka continues to to the corruption charts. Naturally, political motives are being attributed to the timing of the Lok Ayukta’s resignation as indeed the revelations made by him.
Questions: In his lust for office, is B.S. Yediyurappa shielding the corrupt? Or is this nothing compared to the corruption of the Congress and JDS? Is this more proof that BJP is no different from the Congress? More to the point, looking at the kind of headlines Karnataka is making, is namma cheluva naadu, India’s most corrupt State?