By M K Madhusoodan
All signs of Yediyurappa government heading for a collapse and paving way for a new leadership seems to be emerging a quick pace in Karnataka.
The slow pace and in some urgent issues and that required urgent preventive steps and also of no-action taken in containing the pandemic, Covid-19 are seen most neglected health emergency. Bengaluru overtaking number of sick Covid patients compared to Chennai and Mumbai is one indicator that the leadership has failed in health emergency. This is every citizen’s concern in the silicon valley of India. The Government’s failure in control private diagnostic laboratories and private hospitals fleecing patients has seen a sharp rise. More concerns are expressed on the failure of hospitals and laboratories forcing patients to undergo multiple tests.
The flip-flop attitude in taking concrete steps in reigning the extremist elements behind on August 11 night disturbances is blamed on lack of political will of the government.
The culprits went on a rampage attacking an MLA’s house, two police stations besides scores of houses and vehicles setting them on fire. These subversive elements include Popular Front of India (PFI), Karnataka Forum of Dignity(KFD) and the most dangerous Popular Front of India (PFI). All three of them having influence among Muslim youths in Karnataka and Kerala. The recent UN report also pointed out that there are more ISIS sympathisers in both the states.
The state is still in a dilemma whether to deal with iron hand against these elements which are already encroached into the local body of Bengaluru. It seems unless the state government submit a report citing reasons to ban the outfits, the City might be pushed into a cauldron like Delhi faced in recent past.
“What is more alarming about the troublemakers were their courage in presence of police to set fire to a legislator’s home and two police stations. This shows the utter disregard among these groups involvement in unleashing disturbance in future. The central leadership has been watching the party’s elected members with caution and concern on this alarming situation,” said a BJP functionary.
“There is a need for corrections that Yediyurappa government has to make in its overall governance. The laid back attitude of most of Ministers are to be blamed. There are three ministers, Dr Sudhakar, Dr Ashwathanarayana, Sriramulu, all in-charge of Covid duty, but none seems serious about the task entrusted. All three have proved utter failure in their responsibility
The tragic suicide of Nanjangud Taluk Health Officer Dr Nagendra, owing to fatigue and alleged harassment by bureaucrats is anything to be blamed to lack of leadership in taking the an active role on welfare of Covid warriors. Perhaps, Yediyurappa’s age is blamed for slow pace in all government activities, but the party leadership will not put this factor aside. Complaints are rising on his efforts to promote both his sons, Vijayendra and Raghavendra, have also set murmurs among his party colleagues,” another senior party leader from Delhi told this correspondent.
But others in the from central leadership are more critical about all ministers from Education Minister S Suresh Kumar to Home minster Basavaraj Bommai.
“These ministers are more on the side of tall talks without showing any results. Bommai’s role as a strong administrator in tackling law and order is taken seriously by the central leadership. The visit of central observer and the reported ‘dress down’ to these “jokers” is any indication whether Yediyurappa will pass the test of his leadership.
One more obstacle Yediyurappa is facing the hiccup of putting brakes to a large number of BJP MLAs lobbying to bag ministerial berth.
“One wonder how some more non-performers can be accommodated in a cabinet having no progress report card holders. Already some ministers had faced corruption charges. BJP cannot be able to gather bad blood now and all rotten eggs should be thrown out,” another leader said