‘Politicians are making a mockery of their election'
The ruling party has betrayed the mandate and trust of the people, said Karnataka State Human Rights Commission chairman S.R. Nayak.
Mr. Nayak, who was inaugurating the Udupi and Dakshina Kannada chapters of the “Mahatma Gandhi Souharda Vedike” here on Sunday, described the current political manoeuvres as “chicanery”.
“It is unfortunate that some of our political representatives have been making a mockery of the electoral process by using their office (to enhance) and their personal power for self-aggrandisement and treating the elected post as a saleable commodity,” he said.
Commenting on the land scam, he said politicians of the ruling party had behaved like “robbers and grabbers”.
“While their personal fortunes and land holdings have touched astronomical levels, the poor of this State continue to wait for a small place under the sun to call their own,” he said.
Pointing out that the State Government had not fulfilled the promise to build 63,000 houses for those affected by floods, he said: “There are lakhs of homeless people in this State and that is what makes the preferential allotment of lands by the State Government such a heinous crime.”
Lamenting, what he described as an “anti-poor regime”, he said the Government machinery acted with disproportionate force and enthusiasm when the encroachment of land was committed by the marginalised sections.
“Demolition of poor people's houses has become such a well practised drill. They make sure that they carry out the demolition late on a Friday so that the victims cannot move court until Monday,” he said. He criticised the BJP's policy of engineering defections in the opposition and said: “the time has come when Parliament should further tighten the fibres of the anti-defection law to ensure sanity and trust in the rule of lawto see that every elected representative respects the rules of electoral law and democratic discipline and does not tamper with the people's mandate.”
He said the people of the State had begun to think that they had become powerless. Calling upon the people to assert their mandate, he said: “Let there be an immediate end to this disturbing and harmful political malaise.”