28 October, 2020


Corruption rules his government more than Yediyurappa his state


Forget the head count in the Karnataka assembly for a moment. Perhaps it is more pertinent to ask if the B.S. Yediyurappa government has violated the trust of the people. Has the first BJP government in the south, which has been in power for less than 30 months, shot itself in the foot? Have the many scams it’s embroiled in eroded its credibility? Has it become indifferent to corruption and governance? Is it fair to ask if it’s the worst administration Karnataka’s ever seen?

If one goes by the statements of Karnataka Lokayukta Justice N. Santosh Hegde, who has thoroughly exposed the government on issues pertaining to illegal mining and most recently on land acquisition, then this is clearly the absolute nadir (see interview). In Karnataka, corruption starts right at the top. Here are some of the scams that made news:

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) Scam: This involves the chief minister. He is accused of denotifying government land to favour his sons and son-in-law. The final...



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