Kumaraswamy Trapped in His Own Karma

The karma has caught up with Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. The beleagured leader has offered to quit his post after being fed up with the tantrums thrown by coalition partner Congress. It is a no secret that Congress, which has a long history of ditching governments headed by smaller parties, is not happy with his rule.
Speaking to the media persons on the sidelines of a program in Bengaluru, Kumaraswamy on Monay said that he did not want to continue and stick to the seat if Congress was unhappy.
He said that along with his Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Parameswar, he was trying his best to offer good governance. He said that the government is spending one lakh crore rupees for Bengaluru and has cleared projects like suburban rail service, outer rink road and alleviated corridor.
However, the Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah is not amused. Siddaramaiah, sees himself as the guardian of secular galaxy and would want to keep all affairs in his own hands. He has said that he would speak to Kumaraswamy and resolve the matter. However, this seems easier said than done as Siddaramaiah is accused of developing cold vibes with Parameswar as well.
The crux of Siddaramaiah’s unhappiness is in his reluctance to accept the reality that he is not at the help any longer. He is constantly trying to meddle into the affairs of the state and leading a backseat driving kind of role.
The frustration of Kumaraswamy seems obvious on this backdrop. Within as early as two months of swearing in as the CM of Karnataka in May 2018, he had expressed unhappiness over trepidation of the coalition Government that he was heading with support from Congress. He has broke down a number of times and this month, his outburst was all visible when he said that he was reduced to being a clerk rather than a CM. He had said on more than one occasion that party workers were happy but he was swallowing pain of the coalition.

Kumaraswamy is heading the Congress-JD(S) coalition government but Congress legislators, especially Siddaramaiah fraction, has refused to give him ample time for smooth functioning of the government. He is facing frequent brickbats from some sections of the coalition partner. The only glue keeping them together is their aversion to BJP.
Last year, he had said oenly, “I am not bothered how long I am here in this post. I believe I am here for five years. God gave me this opportunity, which I have to use for the benefit of people.” Immediately after coming to power, Kumaraswamy had said that no one could touch at least till the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are over.
Statements like these only serve to show how certain his insecurity is. It is as if he was bidding time till the Lok Sabha elections in May after which the real fate of his government is determined.
The JD(S) and the Congress had entered into a post-poll alliance but from the onset, this alliance was more a helplessness than natural camaraderie. The assembly polls last May yielded a hung verdict with the BJP emerging as the single largest part. It actually tried to form a government, hoping to buy some legislators with lure of power, but failed to do so. With a prospective third front being proposed at the national level and Congress’s role in it being unsure, the future appears for JD(S) not only bleak but confusing and self-destructive.

Beyond Lingayat Hype, Something Else May Haunt Siddaramaiah

Even as political pundits are engaged in heated debate over what the possible impact of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s decision to accord separate status of religion to Lingayats in Karnataka would be, there is something else that may haunt him in the long run. And that is large number of farmer’s suicide in the state. Karnataka, one of the most naturally abundant states in India, is facing a severe crisis of droughts and weak agriculture. According to state’s own statistics department, as many as 3,515 farmers in Karnataka have committed suicide between April 2013 and November 2017. Of these, 2,525 suicides were due to drought and farm failure, as per the state agriculture department said.

According to a PTI report in December 2017, 3,515 farmers were reported to have committed suicide from April 2013 to November 2017; from April 2008 to April 2012, as many as 1,125 farmers were reported to have committed suicide.Out of the 3,515 suicide cases reported, the agriculture department accepted 2,525 cases as being due to drought and crop failure, the data said.

Agriculture Director B.Y. Srinivas told mediapersons that as many as 112 suicide cases were pending for the want of ratification by a state government panel since 2013. The highest number of suicides (1,483) were reported during 2015-16 and lowest (106) during 2013-14, Srinivas said. “Sugarcane growers top the list of suicides, followed by cotton and paddy cultivators,” and

“As many as 1,332 cases have been registered against money lenders, of which 585 have been arrested in last three years,” were the statements attributed to him.

The farmers who committed suicides included the cultivators of coconut, paddy, areca nut, cash crops and various others. It is just behind Maharashtra in terms of farmers in distress. The signs of this distress are evident even now through the numerous marches that have been taken out in various parts of the state during last few years. The Maharashtra is still in rough weather on resolving the agrarian crisis that has engulfed the state and dented the state’s image in a big way.

It is a common knowledge that the Siddaramaiah government has failed to address the farmers’ plight effectively. So obviously enough, the government is pushed to the corner over the issue. And hence, Siddaramaiah finds it necessary to conjure up issues that have more sentimental appeal than the practical one. Thus, imposition of Hindi and separate flag becomes more pertinent issue than the rising number of farmers’ suicides. Separate Lingayat religion becomes more important than the environmental degradation in cities like Bangalore.

The state government has faced flak for its utter failure in resolving many issues. Moreover, the pulbic opinion is largely becoming hostile to the government due to its failure in arresting the criminialisation of politics. And just ahead of the assembly elections, it has tried to divide Lingayats and Veerashaivas, also Lingayats and other communities, by announcing minority status for them. All this manuevering may bring headlines and mileage to the Congress, but it cannot ensure victory in the electoral fray.

वजूद बचाने की कवायद

Rahul Gandhi Siddaramaiah karnataka

कर्नाटक में कांग्रेस पार्टी अपना वजूद बचाने के लिए ऐसे हाथ पर मार रही है जैसे कोई डूबनेवाला व्यक्ति पानी में मारता है। जब से नरेंद्र मोदी ने केंद्र में कमान संभाली है तबसे कांग्रेस के हाथ से एक के बाद एक राज्य फिसल चुके हैं और वह अच्छी तरह से जानती है, कि यह इकलौता बड़ा राज्य उसके पास बचा है। अब कि जब इस राज्य के विधानसभा चुनाव दस्तक दे रहे हैं तो विभिन्न गुटों की लामबंदी करने में मुख्यमंत्री सिद्दरामय्या कोई कसर नहीं छोड़ रहे है। उन्होंने इंदिरा कैंटीन जैसी योजनाओं के द्वारा गरीबों को अपनी ओर खींचने की कोशिश की। उसके बाद झंडे और धर्म के बहाने वोट बैंक बनाने की कोशिश की।

आज कर्नाटक में सिद्दरामय्या वही खेल खेल रहे है जो तमिलनाडु में कभी द्रविड़ पार्टियां खेला करती थी। वह राज्य के लोगों में दूसरे राज्यों के लोगों के लिए असंतोष पैदा कर रहे हैं जिसके लिए खासकर उत्तर भारतीय राज्यों को निशाना बनाया जा रहा है। इसकी शुरुआत मेट्रो रेलवे में हिंदी को थोपने के बहाने हुई। उसके बाद राज्य के अलग झंडे के नाम पर अलगाववाद पैदा किया गया। इन दोनों में मामलों में परिदृश्य ऐसे बनाया गया मानो केंद्र और राज्य सरकार आमने सामने आए हो। उसके बाद झंडे के नाम सनसनी बनाई गई और कन्नडभाषियों की भावनाओं को प्रज्वलित करने की कोशिश की गई।

कर्नाटक का अपना एक लाल और पीले रंग का ध्वज है लेकिन उसे आधिकारिक मान्यता नहीं है। राज्य में तमाम बड़े जनआयोजनों में इस झंडे का इस्तेमाल किया जाता है। इस झंडे को स्वतंत्रता दिवस, गणतंत्र दिवस या अन्य सरकारी कार्यक्रमों में सरकार द्वारा नहीं फहराया जा सकता है। राज्य स्थापना दिवस जैसे अवसरों पर यह झंडा लहराया भी जाता है लेकिन उसे कानूनी मान्यता नहीं है। वैसे देश में जम्मू कश्मीर के अलावा अन्य किसी राज्य का अपना झंडा नहीं है।

सिद्धरामय्या यहीं पर नहीं रूके। उन्होंने लिंगायत पंथ को अलग धर्म के रूप में मान्यता देने की घोषणा की है। वीरशैव लिंगायत समुदाय को अल्पसंख्यक समुदाय का दर्जा देने की सिफारिश राज्य ने केंद्र के पास भेजी है। लिंगायत समुदाय को अलग धर्म का दर्जा देने से संबंधित नागमोहन दास कमेटी की सिफारिशों को स्वीकार करते हुए कर्नाटक सरकार ने यह फैसला किया था। हालांकि इस आठ सदस्यीय समिति में एक भी लिंगायत व्यक्ति नहीं था।

राज्य मे लिंगायत समुदाय की जनसंख्या 17% है और यह वर्ग भारतीय जनता पार्टी का समर्थक माना जाता है। खासकर भाजपा के मुख्यमंत्री पद के दावेदार बी. एस. येडियुरप्पा खुद लिंगायत है और इस समुदाय पर उनकी अच्छी खासी पकड़ है। विशेषकर उत्तरी कर्नाटक में भाजपा को इस समुदाय का समर्थन प्राप्त है।

सौभाग्य से किसी समुदाय विशेष को अलग धर्म का दर्जा देने के अधिकार राज्य के पास नहीं है। इसलिए मंजुरी के लिए यह प्रस्ताव केंद्र के पास भेजा गया है। इसमें खास बात यह है, कि पूर्ववर्ती यूपीए सरकार ने यही मांग सन 2013 में नकार दी थी। यह स्पष्ट है, कि कांग्रेस किसी भी कीमत पर कर्नाटक का किला फतह करना चाहती है और उसके लिए हिंदू मतो में विभाजन करना उसकी प्राथमिकता है। केंद्र अगर इस मांग को मंजूर करता है तो सिद्दरामय्या इसे अपनी जीत करार दे दे सकते हैं और अगर न करेंतो उसे भाजपा का लिंगायत विरोध बता सकते हैं। यानी चित भी मेरी और पट भी मेरी।

कर्नाटक में कांग्रेस शासन का रिकॉर्ड कुछ खास प्रभावित करने वाला नहीं है। इसलिए जनता की भावनाओं को भड़का कर मतों की रोटी सेंकने का प्रयास कांग्रेस कर रही है। क्या उनके ये प्रयास रंग लाएंगे और कांग्रेस को फिर से सत्ता में लौटायेंगे, यह तो वक्त ही बताएगा।