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‘Yeddyurappa has no right to lecture Congress or UPA Government'

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M. Mallikarjun Kharge

GULBARGA: Union Labour and Employment Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday said that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who is dodging investigation despite the charge of corruption and nepotism, has no moral right to speak about the Congress or the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre which had taken steps against those facing corruption charge and ordered investigation by the CBI and other agencies.

Reacting to a statement by the Chief Minister which was in response to All India Congress Committee president's charge that the BJP leadership had done very little or nothing at all on the serious charge of corruption against the BJP Government in Karnataka, Mr. Kharge told The Hindu here that a person who continued to be in power “shamelessly” despite being asked to step down on corruption and nepotism charge by BJP MLAs themselves, has no moral right to speak about the Congress leadership which had asked Ashok Chavan to resign from the post of Chief Minister of Maharashtra even before the charge of nepotism had been proved in the allotment of houses in the Adarsh Apartments case.

Mr. Kharge said that unlike the BJP leadership, which is protecting its corrupt leaders while defending all their illegal actions, the Congress had a long history of initiating immediate action against its leaders who faced even a minor charge of corruption. “Even in the case of 2G spectrum allotment, the UPA Government had initiated a CBI inquiry into the charge and asked Minister A.. Raja to resign to face the charge,” he said.

2G Spectrum

He said that it was the BJP which had not allowed an open discussion on 2G spectrum allotment in Parliament and stalled the inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee, headed by its senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi.

“The Union Government was ready for an inquiry supervised by the Supreme Court in the 2G spectrum issue and we have not protected or defended anybody involved in the issue,” he said.

Mr. Kharge said that Mr. Yeddyurappa, who has ordered a judicial inquiry into the denotification of land with a view to “derailing the investigation” by the Lokayukta, should stop criticising the Congress and the UPA Government which had come out clean on the charge of corruption made earlier.

“The Congress had not derailed any investigation or had intervened in investigation by any agency on any corruption charge faced by its leaders or its allies,” Mr. Kharge said.

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