10-07-201910-07-2019 15:58:32 IST
2019-07-10T10:28:32.692Z10-07-2019 2019-07-10T10:28:18.954Z - - 17-07-2019
Watching the ugly power struggle going on in Karnataka, the electorate of the state must be hanging their heads in shame, for delivering a fractured verdict. Every hour, more knots are being added to the coalition crisis, as both the BJP and the Congress-JD(S) combine refuse to relent in outsmarting the other. The power-wrestling, which has been a constant irritant since the time the two parties formed their coalition government, throws governance out of gear. Sadly it happens at a time when the state reels under severe drought conditions.
About 23 of the state’s 30 districts have already been declared drought-hit. An offshoot agrarian crisis also stares in the face of the H D Kumaraswamy government, adding to the urgency with which the twin challenges need to be tackled. Scanty rainfall, which in most of these districts is way below normal for the last few years, has caused all major and minor water bodies to dry up. According to an analysis by the Central Research Institute of Dryland Agriculture, 16 of these districts are perpetually drought-prone. These districts also feature among the 24 districts in the country, which are described as ‘disposed to drought’. These startling facts were stated on the floor of the Karnataka Assembly by none other than the state’s then revenue minister R V Deshpande in December 2018.
Except for seeking funds from the Modi government at the Centre, the Kumaraswamy government hasn’t been able to come to terms with the grim situation. As a result, a large number of people from the rural belt are being forced to migrate to greener pastures for livelihood. Many others are compelled to sell off their cattle unable to rear them due to lack of water and fodder. Drought and its offshoot problems like agrarian crisis and water scarcity should have been the number-one priority for the state government.
But looking at the ugly turn of events happening on the political turf in Karnataka, no one seems to really care for these issues which can have many severe consequences in the future. The focus clearly is on saving the fragile coalition government and ironically there seems to be no dearth of money for this purpose. Both the BJP and the Congress-JD(S) combine have no qualms in unabashedly spending hundreds of crores for horse-trading and appeasement to get the rebel legislators into their fold. In a nutshell, when politics take center-stage in Karnataka, everything else will have to wait..!
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