‘Ramachandra betrayed his constituents for money'
The Congress launched a scathing attack on the BJP and sought people's support to overthrow the “corrupt” Government.
Addressing a function organised as part of the election campaign for the byelections to the Jagalur Assembly constituency on Saturday, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister for Labour and Employment, said corruption was rampant in the State, and accused BJP leaders, including Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, of grabbing the land of farmers through acquisition and de-notification.
Mr. Kharge said Mr. Yeddyurappa was running the show in the State with funds released by the Union Government under different schemes, but claimed that he had mobilised resources.
Had the Union Government stopped releasing grants, he said, the poor financial condition of the State would have been exposed.
Most of the Ministers had a single-point agenda to amass wealth as quickly as possible, Mr. Kharge charged.
He called upon the people to teach a lesson to the BJP in the byelections in the three Assembly segments.
Siddaramaiah, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, recalled the statement allegedly made by the Chief Minister in the Assembly that the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) leaders had also indulged in corruption when their governments were in power.
He wondered whether this granted a license to the BJP to do the same.
Mr. Siddaramaiah said that S.V. Ramachandra, who gave up his seat in the Assembly after being elected from the Congress from Jagalur, had not only betrayed the Congress but also the people of his constituency for money.