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Updated: July 9, 2012 01:59 IST

BJP does not follow what it preaches, say parties

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The outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister, D.V. Sadananda Gowda greeting Jagadish Shettar, the new Chief Minister, at his residence, in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
The Hindu The outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister, D.V. Sadananda Gowda greeting Jagadish Shettar, the new Chief Minister, at his residence, in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Frequent changing of Chief Ministers comes in for criticism

With the BJP yet again changing the Karnataka Chief Minister under pressure from B.S. Yeddyurappa, political parties have hit out at the party for not following what it preached on corruption and scams.

The former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president, H.D. Deve Gowda, said though changing the Chief Minister was the BJP’s internal matter, he did not understand how senior leader L.K. Advani, who had been fighting against black money in and out of Parliament, was “helplessly” supporting the move of a few BJP leaders to shield some tainted persons in Karnataka.

Congress general secretary B.K. Hari Prasad, referring to Jagadish Shettar’s appointment as Chief Minister in place of D.V. Sadananda Gowda, described it as the “victory of corruption.” The “cosmetic change” in the State would not result in any substantial improvement in governance, which was at the receiving end.

The present “Karnataka Ka Natak” (drama), which resulted in the change of Chief Minister, would only be temporary, and it would again resurface after three months as Mr. Shettar would just be another puppet in someone else’s hands. Mr. Prasad demanded dissolution of the Assembly and announcement of fresh polls as uncertainty in the administration had affected the people.

“Double standards”

CPI national secretary D. Raja slammed the BJP for adopting double standards on the issue of corruption. The party, which cried hoarse on the irregularities or scams in other parties, kept mum and took a different view when its own functionaries got caught in corruption.

Referring to the change of three Chief Ministers in five years in Karnataka, Mr. Raja said it showed that the party was in disarray in the State. The BJP had claimed that it was a party with a difference. “Probably changing CMs frequently, succumbing to the diktats of someone, may be the difference?”

Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav, whose party is a constituent of the NDA, said the BJP had to take the decision to keep its vote base intact and the flock together ahead of the Presidential election.

The BJP had taken the right decision by appointing Mr. Shettar as “the party has to keep its Lingayat vote base intact.” Caste had its influence in the whole country, including Karnataka, and politics did function under its influence. In fact, Mr. Gowda had made a “political sacrifice” for the BJP to keep its vote base intact, Mr. Yadav claimed.

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Changing the Chief Ministers and Party chiefs are the prerogative
of all political parties. Other political parties have no right
at all to comment on this. It is their internal problem and
solution thereof. Unnecessarily, all the political parties have
commented on the change of Chief Minister in Karnataka State.
They know well they have no right. It is BJP's internal problem.
Corruption has nothing to do with this change. Shettar becoming
the new Chief Minister shows amply well that Yedurappa continues
to reign Karnataka and BJP. Sadananda Gowda's choice also was
that of Yedurappa only and now he wants a change. What is wrong
in that? All developmental works ad welfare schemes are being
carried out by BJP in the State. Otherwise people would not have
voted for BJP in the recently held council elections. People are
therefore with BJP only. Unnecessarily Congress and Janata Dal
(S) trying to poke their nose to try for their entry again in the
gaddi. It is a day dream for them.

from:  K.Sanckar
Posted on: Jul 9, 2012 at 08:49 IST

When the country is crying out for a clean and viable alternative to Congress, BJP the only contender has forfieted its right to talk about corruption, casteism and political thuggery. This is going to pave a path for other states to follow. The National leadership should resign en-masse and hand over the reins to the next level of leadership.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: Jul 9, 2012 at 04:32 IST

almost all parties are unhappy as BJP could finally resolve its problems
in Karnatakaand is getting ready for fighting the general election with
Modi as PM candidate.

from:  Buku
Posted on: Jul 8, 2012 at 22:18 IST
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