When the Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj sanctioned the prosecution of Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, little did he know that his decision will lead to such widespread protest and a full day Bangalore bandh in the southern state of Karnataka. Experts feel it is a war between Congress and BJP as Bhardwaj is a man from Congress appointed in the southern state to keep a check on the BJP rule.
The Karnataka bandh saw total shutdown of schools, colleges and about 13 buses were damaged and set fire in Bangalore, Hassan, Shimoga and Belgaum. Hundreds of BJP supporters are patrolling on the streets and are seeing that the bandh remains total and successful.
Advocates Sirajin Bhasha and K.N. Balaraj have filed a petition asking for prosecution of the Chief Minister in many cases of corruption, which include the land scam. There was immense pressure on the Governor from the state cabinet not to allow the petition to move further. But the Governor Bhardwaj refused to buckle under state pressure and allowed the prosecution of the Chief Minister and also some other members of his cabinet.
After removal of Chief Minister Ashok Chavan from Maharashtra, Congress is highlighting the issue of corruption against the chief minister of this southern ruled state. Even in the last Union Cabinet expansion, ministers with tainted records were shown the door. It is time that the Indian politicians must wake up and start thinking about the issue of corruption quite seriously. Why a Chief Minister must not be prosecuted? Is he above the law? It is a shameless act by the BJP. And a complete Karnataka bandh will cause harm to millions of people who earn their livelihood from daily earning.