The Bharatiya Janata Party ended its public campaign for the Assembly elections on Friday by trying to settle scores with the Congress whose national leaders have accused it of defaming Karnataka’s image by indulging in corruption.

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has defamed the entire country by indulging in several huge scams running into about Rs. 5.5 lakh crore, alleged BJP national general secretary and MP Ananth Kumar.

‘No moral right’

At a press conference here he released a book, 100 Still Not Out: UPA Scams, brought out by the BJP on 100 scams allegedly involving UPA government. He took serious exception to Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi accusing the BJP of indulging in corruption. “They don’t have any moral right to comment on us when the UPA itself has indulged in huge scams,” the MP maintained.

Mr. Ananth Kumar said the BJP had taken action against its leaders who had been indicted by the constitutionally appointed authorities. But the UPA was yet to take action against any of its leaders though several authorities, including the CAG, had indicted them, he said.

He said there was a sense of insecurity among the people of the country, both internally and externally, due to the failure of the UPA government to effectively handle several major issues, including the Chinese aggression and the fatal attack on Sarabjit Singh in a Pakistan jail. The economic crisis in the country had added to the woes of people who were already battered by the price rise, he said.

Referring to the trouble in the Congress over ticket distribution, failure by the UPA to check price rise, he claimed the situation was conducive for the BJP to retain power in the State.

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