Congress Governor in Karnataka, H R Bharadwaj, has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons recently. He took an unprecedented and politically motivated decision on Friday by according the sanction to prosecute Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.
Earlier, Karnataka state cabinet passed a resolution urging the Governor to drop the prosecution petition. But Bharadwaj decided to stick to his collision course and tersely replied that the Cabinet move looked like an attempt to put a lid on corruption allegations.
Governor’s move has again highlighted how Congress continues to misuse the power at its hands. Everyone knows that Bharadwaj is an out-n-out Congress loyalist. In the past few months, Congress has been found involved in scam after scam, all to the proportions of several thousand crore. Opposition was mounting some serious pressure and no respite seemed to be in place, till loyalist Bharadwaj decided to move in and help Congress out. By going after Yeddyurappa, Congress is showing a motive to deflect the scam attention and put BJP in the same dock as them.
We don’t know if Yeddyurappa is guilty or not. We don’t know if his ministers are tainted or not. But we do know that if they are guilty, the only one involved should have been the courts, police or the CBI. Karnataka Governor but decided to play some dirty politics and crossed the line.
By showcasing himself as being over-eager to topple the Karnataka state govt, the Governor may in fact have done more harm to Congress than expected. If a mid term poll occurs in the state, it’d be BJP which will gain from the sympathy vote as every will understand the real motive behind the Governor’s decision today.