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BJP Government beset with corruption: Congress

Special Correspondent

‘Gadkari has ignored land, mining scams in the State'


‘The clock of progress is ticking backwards in Karnataka'

JD(S) too draws flak for joining hands with BJP in Mysore Zilla Panchayat


— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Show of strength:Congress leaders D.K. Shivakumar, R.V. Deshpande, C.K. Jaffer Sharief,

MYSORE: The Congress criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in the State and described it as beset with corruption and nepotism, at the Naada Rakshana Rally held in the city on Sunday.

Senior Congress leaders lamented that the “clock of progress” was ticking backwards in Karnataka and vowed to build pressure on the BJP Government and ensure its downfall.

‘Collapse imminent'

‘The leaders said that the collapse of the BJP Government was imminent. They also called for an end to the era of coalition politics in the State.

Speakers on the occasion listed out the scandals that have rocked the State ever since the BJP assumed power in 2008. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was criticised for “having the temerity” to celebrate 1,000 days in office.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G. Parameshwara took a dig at BJP president Nitin Gadkari for felicitating Mr. Yeddyurappa in Bangalore and showering praise for the “progress” achieved by the State under him.

“Mr. Gadkari has ignored land scam, mining scam and allegations of favouritism and nepotism,” said Mr. Parameshwara, and accused the BJP leader of being a “beneficiary of the corruption of the BJP Government in the State”. “While the Congress initiated action against its senior leaders like Ashok Chavan, Suresh Kalmadi, and Shashi Tharoor who were facing various allegations, the BJP is protective about Mr. Yeddyurappa and his Cabinet colleagues.”

Challenge

The KPCC president challenged Mr. Yeddyurappa to let the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into alleged illegal mining in the State by the Reddy brothers. He also accused a Cabinet Minister from Mysore of having acquired 3,500 acres of land illegally.

Advice

Taking exception to the Chief Minister's reported statement — “Congress Hatao, Desh Bachao” , Mr. Parameshwara lashed out at Mr. Yeddyurappa and urged him to read the history of the Congress and acquaint himself with its contribution to the country before making such statements.

Report criticised

The speakers also criticised the report of the B.K. Somasekhara Commission, which probed the attacks on churches in various districts in September 2008. They alleged that there was no protection for minorities under the BJP dispensation. Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah challenged the Chief Minister to face the Opposition charges.

He exhorted Congress workers to gear up for mid-term elections. “I have not come across such a Chief Minister in my political life spanning four decades nor will there be any such person in future,” Mr. Siddaramaiah said.

The Janata Dal (Secular) too drew flak for joining hands with the BJP in the Mysore Zilla Panchayat. Mr. Siddaramaiah appealed to the public to put an end to the era of coalition politics.

The State could progress only under the Congress, he added. Congress alone could dislodge the BJP as the JD(S) was confined only to a couple of districts and its leaders were hand in glove with the BJP, he said.

Union Minister for Labour M. Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa, and leaders, including R.V. Deshpande, B. Janardhana Poojary, D.K. Shivakumar, C.K. Jaffer Sharief and A.H. Vishwanath, also spoke.

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