: The former Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Kumaraswamy criticised the Congress for “not discharging its duty as a major Opposition party to curb corruption during the Bharatiya Janata Party’s rule in the State”.

“The Congress should blame itself for the rampant corruption during the BJP rule as it had failed to discharge its duties to expose corruption instead of raising a hue and cry now,” he said at a public meeting in Hagari Bommanahalli on Wednesday.

Mr. Kumaraswamy elaborated on the party’s manifesto and said that if voted to power, he would try to get water to Malvi Dam from the Bhadra project.

Later, responding to questions from presspersons, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the Supreme Court’s observation on Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) clearly indicates that the Congress has grossly misused the investigative agency.