Embarrassment for BJP : December 24, 2012 –
News n Analysis by Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist on the recovery of Rs. 10.9 Lakh,1.9 kg Gold, 37 kg Silver; the search was conducted at the residences of Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa and educational and business establishments allegedly belonging to him on Monday.
Is it not embarrassing for BJP? Is it not the duty of Deputy Chief Minister KS Eshwarappa to resign on moral ground?
No doubt it is a huge embarrassment to the ruling BJP; on the report against the Deputy Chief Minister, the Lokayukta detectives conducted raids on different places connected to him and where he was alleged to have kept unaccountable cash, gold and silver.
During their raids, they seized Rs 10.9 lakh in cash, 1.9 kg of gold and 37 kg of silver at the residences of Karnataka deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa and educational and business establishments, which allegedly belong to him.
As per media and Lokayukta reports, the searches were conducted in eight different places, including his Bangalore and Shimoga residences, a cement dealership unit, two educational institutions and the house of his close aid N Somasekhar in Shimoga.
A Shimoga court, on the search and recovery report, ordered an investigation into the complaint filed by advocate B Vinod.
Mr. Vinodh had alleged that Eshwarappa, also state BJP chief, who holds the revenue and rural development and panchayat raj portfolios in the Jagadish Shettar government, his son Kanthesh K E and daughter-in-law Shalini had amassed wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income.
Lokayukta police had subsequently registered a case and taken up the investigation.
“Searches are still continuing”, Lokayukta sources said. In his reaction, Eshwarappa said he is “not scared” by the searches. “Truth will prevail after investigations. It’s all political vendettas. I will fight it out in the court”.
However, JD(S) Shimoga district unit held a protest in the city and demanded action against Eshwarappa. In view of the recovery of huge cash, gold and silver, the party urged him to resign forthwith on moral grounds and allow free and fair investigation.
But Dy. CM Eshwarappa refused to resign on the plea that the probe has been ordered based on a private complaint as such he won’t resign.
In my analytic view, the moral grounds are fading these days particularly among the politicians, hence there could arise no question of any resignation.