03 December, 2020

Baig Not To differ

In an election year, the stamp scam can give the Congress a good licking Updates

Baig Not To differ
The website of the Stamp IT, the investigating team probing the multi-crore stamp paper scam in Karnataka, has of late been swamped by hate mail against politicians of Maharashtra, AP and Karnataka ("Nikamma Indians", "deshdrohis"). Much of it drips with sarcasm, slamming Karnataka chief minister S.M. Krishna's nonchalance, and his protecting small-scale industries minister Roshan Baig despite obvious evidence on his dealings with Abdul Karim Telgi. Krishna, on his part, did finally ask for his colleague's resignation (the first politician to quit in ignominy in Karnataka), but the eleventh hour tactics could still prove an ominous stain on the 'clean image' of the Congress government in the run-up to the parliamentary and assembly elections.

It took some tough talking by the CM to compel Baig to put in his papers soon after the arrest of younger sibling Rehan Baig in December. The strategy was to get his resignation ahead of the winter session of the assembly in January—to try and blunt the Opposition's onslaught. But Baig wouldn't give in. Instead, he chose to...


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