Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dirty politics in Karnataka

I believe almost all are aware of what is happening in Karnataka.If not,a small recap:

Last week,Karnataka CM Mr.B S Yeddyurappa,sacked few ministers from his cabinet for rebelling against him and withdrawing support to his 29-month-old government. After this,11 BJP MLAs(including these 2),announced displeasure over Yeddyurappa's leadership and announced that they will not support the Yeddy's govt anymore.. 5 More independent MLAs turned against him... As a result of which a confidence vote was conducted on 12th October,2010.The previous day,Karnataka governor,H R Bharadwaj,had advised the Karnataka assembly speaker,K G Bopaiah not to disqualify any MLAs.But on 12th morning,the speaker disqualified these 16 MLAs.As a result of this,the 224 member legislature was reduced to 208.After this a voice voting was conducted in the assembly by the speaker and the BJP which had the support of 106 MLAs,had won the trust vote.

Since the assembly strength was reduced to 208,the half-way mark became 104 and since the BJP had 106 MLAs support,it was declared the winner.

But the drama doesn't end here.Now H D Kumarasamy,son of Deve Gowda and JD(S) party leader, has expressed dissatisfaction over the way the trust vote was conducted and he says this is unfair.The grand old party of India,Congress,too calls it a blot on democracy.The congress loyalist,governor Bharadwaj has done his duty,by recommending president's rule in Karnataka.Now he will be in good books of Rahul Gandhi :-).

Let us see,what kind of gentleman is this H R Bharadwaj.He was the law minister in the previous UPA govt.At that time,Chief Election Commissioner of India,Mr.Gopalasamy recommended the dismissal of the election commissioner,Mr.Naveen Chawla(the current Chief Election Commissioner of India).,since there were several complaints against Mr.Chawla and that Chawla didn't give a convincing reply to the notice sent by Gopalasamy.But the then law minister Mr.H.R.Baradwaj,clearly told his recommendation will not be considered at all and the Chief Election Commissioner has no right to do such recommendations.

Let us see what article 324(5) says:

Election Commissioner or Regional Commissioner shall not be removed from office except on the recommendation of CEC.

He was a law minister who always supported unlawful activities.He favoured the withdrawal of cases against Ottavio Quattrocchi, main accused in Bofors scandal.The point to be noted is that he is an Italian businessman.And this Bharadwaj,being a governor of Karnataka also expressed displeasure over the corruption charges against the Reddy brothers in the Karnataka govt and also gave a kind of warning to the Karnataka govt.Well if a governor can condemn corruption accusitions against ministers,then why can't the president do the same against the central ministers?There are allegations of corruptions against the IT minister A Rasa.It is said that he has involved in a scandal of more than 1 Lakh Crores(the estimated amount is around 1.93 Lakh crores).Why the honorable president Mrs.Pratibha Patil is silent on these issues?

Everyone knows the history of congress.They have great history of enforcing emergency when Mrs.Indira Gandhi's election victory was about to be disqualified.After dissolving the NTR govt., in Andhra, Mrs.Indira Gandhi said in parliament that she don't know anything about the dissolving of Andhra govt.Even in recent times,last time in Jharkand,in the year 2005,when the BJP had the support of 41 MLAs and it was also proved in Assembly, the then Jharkhand governor, invited Shibu Soren to form government.When BJP argued that they had the support of 41 MLAs,the Soren's JMM and congress claimed that they have the support of 42 MLAs. But the total strength of Jharkhand assembly itself is 81.How funny!!Isn't it?But after the supreme court intervened,Soren was forced to quit and Mr.Arjun Munda became CM,thats a different story.

Another gentleman in this issue is Kumarasamy.He was the former CM of Karnataka.Actually the Janata Dal(Secular :D) and the BJP together formed the
government last time.There was an agreement that for the first 2 and half years the CM will be from JD(S) and the next 2 and half yrs CM will be from BJP.But after 2 and half years Kumarasamy refused to resign and he tried to form government with the help of congress.But all his efforts went in-vain.Later BJP won the assembly elections with a good majority.

But coming to the other side,just because these people have bad track records I can't conclude whatever happened in Karnataka assembly as right.There is no clear-cut legal reason for disqualifying the MLAs.The BJP should have faced the trust vote boldly.No matter even if they lose,they should not have given room for this much controversy.Anyway the governor has given one more chance to Yeddyurappa to prove majority on 14th oct.2010.And there is a case against the way the trust was conducted,in high court.If the govt couldn't give valid reasons,the trust vote will be considered invalid and the BJP govt might be dissolved.So let us wait for the court verdict.

For a national party like BJP,such incidents will not give a neat image.It can't gain any respect from public.Anyway if the court concludes disqualifying MLAs illegal,then the act of the speaker Bopaiah has to be vehemently condemned.

Let us wait and see what the court says in this issue.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Autonomy for Kashmir?

It has been quite a while since I have updated this space with politics.Its time to analyze Kashmir.For the past 2 months or so,there has been lots of talk going on about Kashmir.More than 100 people were killed.The situation now seems to be bit better(only a bit),but still the panic remains.It all started off when a young boy was killed by the police when trying to control an angry mob.But is it not foolish to believe that only because of this incident there has been so much of chaos in Kashmir?Don't you think something else is behind all these nonsense?

Many intellectuals claim that the stone pelting young boys are none other than our own citizens and its all because their basic needs are not fulfilled.But the point is the separatist groups are making use of this opportunity and they brainwash these youngsters to indulge in all sorts of anti social activities.So what's the action taken by the honorable CM of Kashmir,Mr.Omar Abdullah? He is announcing that he is ready for talks with all the groups. His latest statement is as follows:

"J&K’s accession to India is under an agreement and it is not the merger.”

And he is demanding talks with Pakistan.The honorable home minister Mr.P Chidambaram too claims that J&K has entered into accession under unique circumstances.Its a known fact that Pakistan is behind this unrest in Kashmir.The thing is,the whole Kashmir was burning.Daily so many people are being killed.But the PM of India,didn't even utter a single word about this issue.And the heir of the congress party Rahul Gandhi,who was busy in developing the party,most probably the next PM candidate of the congress party,he too didn't give much importance to this issue.After the opposition parties started pressurizing the govts., finally the PM stepped in.He said special privileges will be given to Kashmir.Finally the PM says he will consider giving autonomy for Kashmir.

The prince,Mr.Rahul Gandhi too finally broke his silence on the issue.He says Omar needs more time to tackle this issue.My question is how much time does he need?It is this congress which has split the nation into two(Pakistan) and still we are paying price for it.. 


I have a question to the central government.It is this Indian govt., which supplied arms to SriLankan army.The sinhalese army was like a bunch of scout boys.They couldn't defeat the LTTE.But the Lankan army was given adequate training.Lakhs and lakhs of innoncent Tamil civilians were killed by sinhalese army.Intellectuals argued that death of civilians is common in wars. When questioned,why they are against giving a separate state,Tamil EEZHAM(தமிழ் ஈழம்),the intellectuals and the central govt gave a reply that, separating Tamils from Lanka will de-stabilize the integrity of the nation(Srilanka). So they didn't support Eezham.Mr.Pranab Mukherjee,gave a firm reply that "terrorism of any form cannot be tolerated".So,they did all possible help to the sinhalese army to destroy the Tamils sorry LTTE and to save the integrity of Srilanka.

Can't this logic be applied to the case of Kashmir?Infact,citing Kashmir only an autonomous state for the Lankan Tamils has been opposed by the central government. In Srilanka,2 different races exists.The Sinhalese and Tamils. There the rights of Tamils has been suppressed for quite a long time and the sinhala people treat the Tamils as their slaves.Its enough if a Sinhala boy scores 35% in exams to get a pass,whereas a Tamil student has to score more marks(around 60% I guess,not sure of the number). This is just an example.This is how Tamils are treated in Lanka.The Tamils are exploited.But still the govt speaks about the integrity of Srilanka.So,in my opinion nothing wrong in giving an autonomous state to the Lankan Tamils.But is the condition same in Kashmir too?

As per the Indian constitution,any Indian citizen has the right to vote,right to contest in elections etc. and  Kashmiris are no exception.In Jammu Hindus constitute the majority population and in Kashmir it is the Muslims. So there is no point in giving an autonomy to Kashmir.Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,the iron man of India,with a great hard-work, integrated  all the states,but it seems the current govt will easily destabilize the nation by giving autonomous status for all the states .

What needs to be done?

The situation came to a temporary halt.But Omar Abdullah,gave permission to Syed Ali Geelani,chairman of 'hardline' Hurriyat Conference(HC),to hold a rally,due to which again the stone pelting started and the situation became worse.After this incident, Omar cried foul.He expressed his disappointment towards Geelani and said its a betrayal of trust.

This incident itself proves how dumb he is.Article 356 of the Indian constitution has to be enforced in Kashmir and Omar's government has to be dismissed.Kashmir has to be declared as tensed state(பதற்றம் நிறைந்த மாநிலம் ) and the army has to be given full power until the situation comes under control.Then fresh elections has to be conducted and a new govt has to be formed.

But these things are most unlikely to happen and it seems the congress government will successfully split the nation into many parts again.