‘BJP’s lotus grows in muck, so do BJP’s people’

Justice N. Santosh Hegde, the Lok Ayukta of Karnataka who has returned to office kicking and screaming after being persuaded by the “former future prime minister of India“, Shri Lalchand Kishinchand Advani, has penned a “rare first person account” in the latest issue of Tehelka magazine, about his battle against illegal mining and the plot to make him quit.

The penultimate paragraph has these priceless words.

“If I have to sympathise with any party, it would have to be the BJP because my father was a vice-president of the BJP in his last days. I represented L.K. Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee when they were imprisoned here (in Bangalore) during the Emergency.

“But honesty prevails today.

“I have no political sympathies or favourites.

“The BJP symbol, the lotus, grows in muck. I have to believe now that the people of BJP also come from muck. Apart from wanting to continue as chief minister, this person [B.S. Yediyurappa] seeks the support of affluent people and I am not sure if he is uninterested in the mining transactions.”

Before the backpedalling begins, a brief message from Claud Cockburn: “Never believe anything until it is officially denied.”

Screenshot: courtesy Tehelka

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