‘Chief Minister should go in view of his involvement in land scam'
The Opposition on Thursday said that the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly will be stalled until Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa submitted his resignation to the post in view of his alleged involvement in land scam and corruption.
The Congress and the Janata Dal (S) on Friday prevented Governor H.R. Bhardwaj from making the customary address to the joint session of the legislature by urging him not to read out the “Government's speech”.
Addressing presspersons after the House was adjourned for the day, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah and Janata Dal (S) Legislature Party leader H.D. Revanna said that Mr. Yeddyurappa should quit from the post in view of the various scams, particularly in allotting prime land in and around Bangalore to his kin.
In the wake of the ruling BJP calling Mr. Bhardwaj an “agent of Congress”, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that the Government had insulted the Governor and shown disrespect to the Constitution. “The speech copy prepared by the Government is nothing but a bundle of lies. Karnataka is ranked Number One in corruption in the country,” he said.
The Opposition has decided to move an adjournment motion against the Government. A dozen Ministers in the Yeddyurappa Cabinet are facing charges of corruption and were involved in the land scam, he alleged and demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the charges levelled against the Chief Minister and the Government. Mr. Siddaramaiah sought to clarify the party's opposition to the Governor's address saying, “It is not against the Governor, not against the Constitutional institution. It is against the corrupt Government.” The Governor has in the recent weeks been highly critical of the Government accusing it of not acting on complaints of corruption and land scams.
Mr. Revanna said the party would not allow the Government to transact any business till Mr. Yeddyurappa tendered his resignation. The Government has looted the Exchequer during the last 30 months of its rule.
The parties in the Council defended the Governor's action of not reading out his address to the joint session of the legislature and termed it as a strong message to Mr. Yeddyurappa.
Leader of the Opposition Motamma said that the Governor could not have read out the speech which heaped praises on the Yeddyurappa Government when the ground reality was contradictory.
Pointing out that the Governor had written several letters to the Government seeking rectification of mistakes, Janata Dal (S) floor leader M.C. Nanaiah said that the Governor had only tried to draw the attention of the Government to the allegations of corruptions and maladministration by not reading out the speech.
Pointing out that the then Governor of West Bengal Dharmaveera had skipped some of the paragraphs in his address to the West Bengal Assembly to express displeasure over governance then, he said that there was another instance of BJP veteran leader and legal expert Rama Jois himself skipping some contents of his address to the Jharkhand Assembly as Governor. If the BJP had accepted the Governor's action then, why is it desisting from accepting this instance as a message to it, he wondered.