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.