The antics of Karnataka Chief Minister Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has not only troubled the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership but also created a mystery around his resignation - likely to be made on Sunday afternoon. The BJP’s saga of woes in the southern state of the country will come to an end only after Yeddyurappa officially steps down from the post. The manner in which Yeddyurappa has overlooked the instructions of party leadership is not a healthy sign for the BJP.  The much hue and cry created prior to Yeddyurappa’s resignation, has made it extremely tough for the BJP to claim that the party follows democratic ideals and values. The party could have made any such claim only if Yeddyurappa would have rendered his resignation when his name first featured in the initial report of the Lokayukta in the mining scam. It would have been better if Yeddyurappa had decided to offer his resignation after his name was mired into controversy for making land allotment to his relatives against the norms. The move of Yeddyurappa to defend his involvement in the illegal land allotment case by claiming such irregularities have also been reported in the tenure of previous Chief Ministers, is highly regrettable. It is unfortunate for the country’s politics that every politician after being named on the charges of scam-scandal comes up with a similar defence. By citing the examples of improper conduct of others, they try to defend their misdoings. The nation is well-versed with the fact that whenever the BJP has tried to corner the Congress on the issue of corruption, the latter has always cited the example of Yeddyurappa. It will be worth viewing that after Yeddyurappa’s resignation, will these two political rivals continue to target each other on corruption or not.

The way Yeddyurappa put forth terms and conditions prior to his and his unwarranted interference in finding a successor clearly reflects that he ranks himself above the party. If the BJP is unable to teach him the lesson that he is not above the party, Yeddyurappa is likely to pose many more problems. Undoubtedly, he enjoys a strong public support and has played an instrumental role to bring the BJP in power in the southern state of Karnataka. But it does not give him the freedom to rule the state as per his whims and fancies. Yeddyurappa was dictating terms in the state and in process was overlooking the party and public emotions.  Such form of functioning is neither permitted nor tolerable under democracy. Now, the fact has been established that even after Yeddyurappa’s resignation, the BJP cannot combat corruption on moral grounds. Therefore, it needs to seriously ponder over the issue which led to this situation. Simultaneously, the BJP will have to emphasise on the increasing chasm between it’s preaching and performance. If this gap cannot be bridged, all the efforts to revive the party image will fall flat. Though the BJP may presently make tall claims about it’s image, the bitter truth remains it is no longer in a condition to term itself different from the other political parties. In this context, the string of events in Karnataka are largely accountable for it’s miseries.