In Karnataka everything happens in the name of development and from “Delhi to Galli” in this case “Bangalore to Belgaum” people are changing their loyalties just like a mobile sim card.
Operation Lotus was done in Karnataka to strengthen the BJP in the state but now one can see the after effects and to counter the current crisis another operation is in the pipeline.
The person who became the Deputy Mayor yesterday Mr.Dhanraj Gavali is the same person who has filed a case against the Mayor Mr.Nirwani earlier this year on the basis of “glaring irregularities and illegalities” in the process of their election asking the court to declare the election null and void as the then Mayor Mr.Kurbar had declined 6 nominations which included Mr.Gavali and Latif Pathan and declared Nirwani as unopposed.
On April 4, 2010 Marathi group leader in the corporation Dhanraj Gauli said a petition would be filed in the district court within two days by their group member Neelima Manoj Pawashe demanding that the election of the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor be declared null and void. Ms. Pawashe and corporator Swati S. Bailurkar were present.
A group of 15 Marathi-speaking councillors belonging the Opposition Belgaum Development Front (BDF) defected to the ruling camp, the Sarvabhashik Samavichar Vikas Vedike (SSVV), overnight.
On the other side Mr.Latif Pathan who was a prominent leader of the SSVV until recently, defected to the BDF in the hope of becoming the Deputy Mayor.
Speaking to press persons yesterday, newly elected Deputy mayor Gavli said that he will still fight the case against Mayor Nirwani. He also said he was with the Sarvabhashik Samavichar Vikas Vedike as it was for the development of the city.
A few Marathi speaking councillors who defected along with Gavli say that, they voted him as he was Marathi speaking.
So here all have their own answers but the common man is the one who is left high and dry in middle of the sea.
The word loyalty is no more in the dictionary of these elected representatives, but can we blame them as well, as nothing is more sweet than money.
As a common Belgaumite what difference did Mr.Nirwani make to us or what will Mr.Gavli make to us. We will have the same old civic problems to be faced with where as they will have some other agenda on hand.