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Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION -

The high-volt­age drama in Kar­nataka in the wake of the frac­tured ver­dict by the elec­torate abruptly ended with gov­er­nor Va­jub­hai Vala invit­ing BS Yed­dyu­rappa to form gov­ern­ment, much to the cha­grin of the Congress-jds al­liance that had 117 MLAS. There is no deny­ing the fact that by do­ing things in a hush-hush man­ner to sup­port the saf­fron party, the gov­er­nor has come un­der fire for ob­vi­ous rea­sons. Giv­ing Yed­dyu­rappa 15 days to prove ma­jor­ity on the floor of the House is a brazen mis­use of con­sti­tu­tional pow­ers vested on the gov­er­nor. The act has not only den­i­grated the dig­nity of the con­sti­tu­tional of­fice but has also made a mock­ery of the democ­racy. This will only pro­mote the cul­ture of horse­trad­ing to grab power at any cost. Ramesh K Dhi­man,

Chandi­garh MLAS, is sworn in rather hur­riedly but is given 15 days to prove his ma­jor­ity in the house. And, for this, there is no hurry. This is an open en­cour­age­ment to horse trad­ing. Acts of those hold­ing our key con­sti­tu­tional posts like that of a Gov­er­nor are, rightly or wrongly, be­ing ques­tioned.the Congress has to guard its MLAS by con­fin­ing them in a re­sort as if that is an un­trust­wor­thy lot vul­ner­a­ble to greed. The me­dia cov­er­age of the de­vel­op­ments in Kar­nataka fur­ther make the MLAS appear as com­modi­ties for sale. When the ir­re­spon­si­ble con­duct of peo­ple’s elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives ex­hibit their greed for power, name, fame and money so unashamedly how can our young gen­er­a­tion ever learn to value prin­ci­ples, ethics and na­tional in­ter­ests or re­spect the con­sti­tu­tional in­sti­tu­tions by idol­is­ing or em­u­lat­ing them? Politi­cians are thus dam­ag­ing not only our present, as a so­ci­ety and na­tion, but also the fu­ture.

H.L. Sharma, Am­rit­sar of the hour. First of all, we need to find out as why farm­ers are com­pelled to take loans when they are given free power and sub­sidy on the pur­chase of seeds. The real cul­prits are the loan sharks and com­mis­sion agents, mid­dle­men who force the gullible farm­ers to take loans on their terms. Be­sides some free­bies, if farm­ers are given good re­mu­ner­a­tive prices of their crops, they will be less in­clined to fall to the ploys of loan sharks.

PK Hanspaul, Batala prime min­is­ter Va­j­payee’s ini­tia­tive. Kash­mir re­ally needed such ges­ture. The Modi gov­ern­ment has ex­tended an olive branch to the mil­i­tants but if they don’t re­spond pos­i­tively they should be treated as enemies of peo­ple. Though the se­cu­rity forces have or­ders not to launch op­er­a­tions dur­ing Ramzan, they can re­tal­i­ate if at­tacked. Peace is a pre­req­ui­site for po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ment and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Lal Singh

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