Bangalore: At loggerheads with the Chief
Minister on the issue of corruption, Karnataka Governor HR
Bhardwaj Wednesday warned people against any complacency in
rooting out scams while lauding the Lokayukta for doing his
best in cleansing the system.
"Eternal vigilance is the price we have to pay for the
success of democracy," he said in his Republic Day address
at the Manekshaw Parade ground here.
"Corruption is antithesis to the rule of law and good
governance. It can nullify the benefits of development," said
Bhardwaj, who recently sanctioned prosecution of Chief
Minister BS Yeddyurppa on allegations of corruption.
Yeddyurappa, whose government has been mounting a
blistering attack on the Governor, was also present at the
function. He, however, left the venue soon after Bhardwaj
completed his customary address.
"When the country is looking forward to taking a seat at
the high table in the world fora, we cannot afford to have
this glaring deficiency in our system," he said and lauded the
office of the Lokayukta for trying its best to deal with
corruption in the system.
He said, "In order to root out corruption, society will
have to participate in this effort in a sustained manner to
achieve any visible success."
"We have a very informed, enlightened and vigilant civil
society. But we cannot afford to be complacent in order to
secure sustained development," he said.
"Maintenance of law and order is a pre-requisite for
any orderly development," he said.
"I am happy that the state remained peaceful throughout the year without any major incident and I congratulate the
people and the police for maintaining peace," he said.