The state of Karnataka is witnessing the kind of political instability similar to the one that had rocked Arunachal Pradesh in 2015. The modus operandi of the BJP seems to be same in both the cases. Like they did in Arunachal, the BJP is engineering defection of Congress and JD (S) MLAs in Karnataka. The saffron party is claiming it is an internal problem between the Congress and the JD (S), whereas it is an open secret that the rebel MLAs are being patronized by the BJP. In Arunachal too they had instigated rebel Congress leader, late Kalikho Pul, to start a movement against the Congress government led by the then chief minister Nabam Tuki.
Also, now the governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Vala, is starting to interfere in the assembly session by asking Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to immediately prove his majority in the ongoing assembly. But the speaker of Karnataka assembly, KR Ramesh Kumar, has adjourned the house till Monday, thereby deferring the trust vote and rejecting the diktat of the governor. There is growing fear that the governor might ask the Centre to impose President’s Rule in Karnataka. In Arunachal too, the then governor, JP Rajkhowa, had been accused of working at the behest of the BJP. He had played a critical role in imposing President’s Rule in the state. This kind of politics of buying MLAs and forming governments is destroying the sanctity of our democracy. What is the point of conducting elections if MLAs can be bought to form the government? The BJP is today brazenly buying MLAs in almost every state of India, either to destabilize the government run by opposition parties or to consolidate its own government. The saffron party is setting a dangerous trend which may one day come back to haunt them.