The first ever government of BJP in south is in danger. Karnataka crisis is still looming large and refuses to subside. In fact it is getting murkier by each passing day. In the olden Jana Sangh days ( BJP’s previous avatar ) there was a leader called Jagannath Rao Joshi. Later on he even became All India President of Jana Sangh. Workers of Jana Sangh affectionately used to call him Karnataka Kesari. That is the only glory of BJP or Jana Sangh in Karnataka. But he and workers like him laid the foundation stone of the party’s growth. And today BJP rules the state with absolute majority and basks in the glory. It’s opponents are baffled by it’s success and were in fact envious. Now they are getting vicarious pleasure as the crisis continues and threatens to engulf the government.
The root cause of this crisis is the emergence of money power in politics. This bane is going to muddle political water in future and many more governments in future will fall prey to it.
BJP did fatal mistake in admitting Reddy brothers, who are mine owners in Bellary, Karnataka. Elder brother G. Karunakara Reddy is Revenue Minister, second one G. Janardhana Reddy is Tourism Minister and the third one Somashekhara Reddy is MLA. These billionaire brothers became power broker in Karnataka’s politics by virtue of their money. The question arises, how they acquired such wealth. Their father was a police constable and they rode only bicycles in their childhood. From such a background they rose to control a business of Rs. 1,500.00 crores. Such kind of wealth can’t be created easily or by fair means. Now they are holding the elected government to ransom by the power of their ill-gotten money.
Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa is at their receiving end not because of any political difference or because of their ideological moorings. It is their business interest which is at stake. Yeddyurappa imposed a toll tax of Rs. 1,000.00 per lorry per trip on mined iron-ore for flood relief. Reddy brothers resented that. They also could not fathom that many bureaucrats close to them were transferred by Yeddyurappa. They now want their chief enemy’s ouster.
Not only BJP but all parties should take care that such money bags can not hold elected governments to ransom and they should not be allowed to do that. Efforts of Reddy brothers should be rebuffed by all and sundry.
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