Fight against graft will continue: Y.S.V. Datta

Was the low-key reaction of Janata Dal (Secular) State unit president H.D. Kumaraswamy to the arrest of the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa a sign that the JD(S) leader has softened his stand on corruption?

Mr. Kumaraswamy said on Saturday that he felt “sad” after hearing the news of the Lokayukta court issuing an arrest warrant against the former Chief Minister. “I know the Congress is celebrating the news. It should realise that nothing is permanent in politics and one day Congress leaders may also face a similar situation,” he told a news channel.

However, JD(S) clarified that Mr. Kumaraswamy's stand on corruption had not changed in the backdrop of the charges he was facing.

“We are not scared of legal consequences. The party's fight against corruption will continue. Mr. Kumaraswamy has already said that he will expose the Congress's role in illegal mining,” said Y.S.V. Datta, party spokesperson.

‘Not going slow'

He said that the questioning of soft pedalling corruption did not arise as it was the JD (S) which had released a series of documents against Mr. Yeddyurappa.

The Congress had projected the release of documents as a personal fight between Mr. Yeddyurappa and Mr. Kumaraswamy, Mr. Datta added.

It is time for the Congress to introspect, he said. “Celebrating the arrest of Mr. Yeddyurappa showed their insensitivity,” Mr. Datta added.

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