Bangalore, Jan 22: An all-out war between Governor HR Bharadwaj and the Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yedyurappa has become ugly and is turning for the worst. The last straw was when late last night BJP declared a bandh that has turned the state of Karnataka burning.
The bandh has disrupted normal life and with passengers stranded, this has become proof on how a political power-play can affect the lives of many innocents out there. Pro-BJP activists took the opportunity and used the occasion well in venting out their frustration at the Governor's decision to go-ahead with the prosecution of Yeddyurappa.
29 buses were burnt down in Bangalore, Hasan, Tumkur and Davanagere district showing that its public property that gets a beating when a bandh is declared. In Bangalore, Jayanagar, Electronic City and K R Puram saw incidents of bus and tyre burning and incidents of stone-pelting as well.
City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari has issued prohibitory orders (Sec 144) in Bangalore to ward off untoward incidents. Extra police personnel have been pressed to duty and more than thirty platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and 18,000 policemen are put in place to tackle the volatile situation. Forces from the City Armed Reserve, District Armed reserve and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) are also in service.
Schools and colleges have declared a holiday and many scheduled exams have been postponed due to the unpredictable nature of the bandh in Karnataka.Traffic to the the IT hub Electronic City has almost been suspended, as miscreants unleashed violence, burning tyres and effigies of the Governor.
Many call the Governor, a mouth-piece of the Congress and his action a politically-motivated one. The BJP activists believe that the Congress party is out to seek revenge and break the BJP stronghold in the state. The Governor on the other hand is justifying his stand and has commented that he has acted within the constitutional framework.
Hope that the political stalemate is resolved, if not for the smooth political functioning in the state at least for the innocent public who always remains at the receiving end whenever a bandh is declared.