For a party which demanded Manmohan Singh‘s resignation every hour of the day, for a party which sent a Union minister to wail about the killings of RSS workers in Kerala, the BJP’s response to the Opposition’s demand for accountability is educative.
Neither the deaths of tens of railway passengers in train accidents, nor the deaths of tens of children in hospital wards, nor the deaths of tens of citizens in police shootings can seem to move the conscience of Hinduism’s self-appointed conscience-keepers.
# So, railway minister Suresh Prabhu continues in office merely by offering his resignation to the prime minister who apparently “asked him to wait”.
# So, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath continues in office by making a scapegoat of the very doctor, a Muslim, who tried to rescue the children.
# So, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar continues in office by putting a spin on his alleged “efficiency” using the standard operating procedures.
There are many words in the English dictionary to describe the BJP’s unapologetic attitude while in office: brazen, immoral, shameless…
But, to be fair, every BJP functionary is safe from a token gesture like resignation because the fountainhead of the party, Narendra Modi, happily lorded over Gujarat as chief minister despite 2,000 or more deaths in 2002.
Sauce for the goose is sauce for the the gander, times without number.
But the case of a serial offender like Manohar Lal Khattar is too serious to be brushed under the carpet so easily merely because BJP troll masters think he has done a good job.
Or, because BJP gadfly Subramanian Swamy smells a plot.
For three years, Khattar, an RSS imposition on Haryana from neighbouring Punjab, has run an abysmal, incompetent administration. Yet, to see Narendra Modi & Co, who mouth hollow Sanskritised cliches like “sushashan” try to spin their way out of trouble does not present a happy sight.
Thankfully, the most influential newspaper in that part of the country, The Tribune, is living up to the role that is expected of the media.
It has refused to buy the BJP’s line.
Yesterday, its editor Harish Khare had these paragraphs in his weekly column reminding readers of how “the RSS experiment has cost the state heavily”:
Today, the paper has a full editorial demanding that Khattar should be sacked:
Photograph: courtesy Economic Times