Terming the allegations made by senior Minister K S Eshwarappa against Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa as “serious” and evidence for collapse of administration in the state, Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah on Thursday urged the Governor to intervene and recommend President’s rule.
The senior Congress leader also demanded that the Chief Minister be sacked.
Eshwarappa, who is Rural Development Minister in Yediyurappa’s cabinet, on Wednesday had complained to the Governor against the Chief Minister alleging direct interference in the affairs of his department.
He had met Governor Vajubhai Vala and submitted a five-page letter on “serious lapses and authoritarian way of running the administration” by the Chief Minister.
“Eshwarappa has provided evidence for the allegations of corruption, nepotism and illegalities against the BJP that I have been making as the leader of opposition. He should not bow down to any pressure and stick to his statement,” Siddaramaiah said in a statement.
Stating that Eshwarappa for the first time in his political career has done a good job, he said, “I congratulate him for considering the interest of the state as important over his personal interest.”
For the first time in his political career, @ikseshwarappa has done a good job.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 1, 2021
He has shown that State’s interest is more important than his political interest. I appreciate him for that.
Corruption, nepotism and illegalities were not restricted to only Rural Development Department, he said, it was there in every department of this government.
Corruption, nepotism & irregularities are not just limited to @gokRDPR but a disease which has infected the entire govt under @BSYBJP.@BJP4India should provide fear free platform for other BJP leaders also to express themselves.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 1, 2021
“The BJP leadership should not attempt to shut Eshwarappa”s mouth and provide opportunity to other Ministers to share their opinion freely.”
Eshwarappa, in his letter, has listed out instances like the Chief Minister sanctioning huge funds on the request of MLAs to the tune of Rs 774 crore under RDPR Department ignoring him, works worth Rs 460 crore sanctioned by bypassing him.
.@ikseshwarappa has written the complaint not just to the Governor but also to the Prime Minister @narendramodi & @BJP4India President.@BJP4India should immediately respond to this & uphold the internal democracy.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 1, 2021
He has also alleged Rs 65 crore was directly sanctioned on the basis of a letter by the Bengaluru Urban zilla panchayat president, who according to him is a “close relative” of Yediyurappa’s family, while pointing out that annual allocation for the Bengaluru Urban zilla panchayat is just Rs 1.17 crore.
Noting that Ehwarappa has not only complained against the Chief Minister to the Governor, but also to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President, Siddaramaiah demanded that they should react to the allegations immediately and uphold internal democracy.
.@ikseshwarappa has detailed in the letter that corruption is the reason for govt’s bankruptcy and not #Covid19. This clearly indicates that while few powerful within BJP are getting rich, people of Karnataka are becoming poor.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 1, 2021
“Eshwarappa through his research has made it public that it is the corruption virus which has infected this government and not coronavirus that is responsible for the state treasury getting empty,” he said.
Pointing out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 2018 assembly polls campaign had alleged his administration as “10 per cent commission government”, the former Chief Minister asked him to give a corruption rating to the state government after examining its “horoscope” sent to him by his own party minister.
Mr. @PMOIndia @narendramodi,— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 1, 2021
You had called our govt as 10% sarkar. Now that your own party minister has given the corruption report of your own party to you, give your rating about the govt so that people can make informed decision in the coming elections.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi, change your world famous slogan ”Na Khaunga, Na Khane Doonga’ (neither will I indulge in corruption, nor allow anyone else to indulge in it), to ”Main bhi Khaunga, Tum bhi Kaho” (I will also indulge in corruption, you too indulge),” he chided.
Referring to Karnataka High Court vacating the stay on investigation against Yediyurappa and others for allegedly offering bribe to JD(S) MLA Naganagouda Kandkur’s son Sharanagouda in 2019, Siddarmaiaah said, “this proves our allegation that the BJP government in the state is an illicit child from an immoral act called ”Operation Kamala.”
High Court has given the green signal to investigate Operation Kamala incident.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 1, 2021
This has strengthened our argument that the current @BJP4Karnataka govt is the result of unholy political practices using money & muscle power.
He demanded for an detailed investigation into the crores of rupees that were allegedly used for ”Operation Kamala” which was the main reason for the BJP government”s existence.
A thorough investigation has to be conducted about Operation Kamala incident where @BJP4Karnataka leaders has supposedly tried to lure MLAs by offering crores of money.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) April 1, 2021
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