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Arrests will embarrass Advani in State, says Siddaramaiah

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He asks the BJP leader who is on a yatra to skip Karnataka

Siddaramaiah
Siddaramaiah

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah on Sunday asked senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani to skip Karnataka while taking out his Jan Chetna Yatra as he would face embarrassment owing a string of arrests of party leaders, including the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, on various charges.

He was speaking to presspersons after a “routine visit” to the Raj Bhavan.

The Congress leader said Mr. Advani was campaigning against corruption while his own party leaders in the State were facing one or the other criminal charge. Mr. Siddaramaiah demanded that Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda resign and face elections.

He said that even while a commission of inquiry was probing power purchase deals, the Energy Department was busy purchasing power, and in the last seven years Rs. 7,000 crore had been “squandered” for the purpose. The Government could have completed a 1,500-MW power project as the gap between demand and supply was only 2,000 MW, he said.

Taking objection to the Chief Minister asking the Lokayukta for clarifications on its report on illegal mining, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that the Government had to accept or reject the report.

The former Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde had clarified that he had adhered to the terms of reference and on the points raised by Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar on the issue.

The Opposition leader accused the Chief Minister of resorting to delaying tactics by asking the Lokayukta to issue clarifications, so as to protect the interests of Mr. Yeddyurappa.

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