BJP’s Karnataka: Where immoral is legal
The president of Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP], Nitin Gadkari, has decreed that the Karnataka Chief Minister’s act of allotting land to his sons and other family members is immoral but not illegal. The party, BJP, is going all out to support Yeddyurappa. It called for a bandh [a typical Indian way of protesting by bringing normal life to a standstill] in the state. It staged a few acts of violence in many places in the state. It is bringing out interesting arguments to show that Yeddyurappa is no worse, if not better, than many other former chief ministers of the state.
Let’s look at Gadkari first. Can something immoral be defended just because it may happen to be not illegal? The double negative in Gadkari’s expression itself is noteworthy. It prompts us to ask another question: Is something that is not illegal necessarily legal?
According to Gadkari’s logic, the chief minister has the power to denotify the state’s land and give it to individuals. Yeddyurappa has done nothing more than that, legally speaking. But it’s all not that simple. Can the chief minister give the state’s property to any individual as he/she likes? Aren’t there clear and definite guidelines for giving such property? Of course, there are. Yeddyurappa did not follow those guidelines at all. He chose to give away the state’s property to his family members. In plain words he looted the state’s property. One simply wonders how such an act can be justified by any logic at all?
The logic offered by BJP is that other chief ministers such as Kumaraswamy, Dharam Singh and S M Krishna have done it before. If a former chief minister had committed a murder, will that give the legal right to Yeddyurappa to go ahead and murder a few people? How can an evil precedent be brought in as a justification for the present evil? What has happened to BJP which promised to be a party with a difference?
Politics is always a little mysterious to me. What some people of Karnataka are doing with respect to the Yeddyurappa scandal is beyond my understanding. They are coming out in support of their leader who looted their own property. The state’s property is the people’s property. Yeddyurappa takes that property and gives it to his sons and other family members. And the governor of the state blows the whistle. The people whose land was stolen come out in procession supporting the man who stole it! This is Incredible India!
Photo courtesy the Times of India. The picture shows the people of Karnataka organising a bandh in support of their ruler who looted their land.