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SACRIFICE REMEMBERED: Bathi Onkarappa, freedom fighter, being felicitated by Davangere MP Siddeshwar (right) S.A. Ravindranath (left), Mayakonda MLA, in Davangere on Saturday.
SACRIFICE REMEMBERED: Bathi Onkarappa, freedom fighter, being felicitated by Davangere MP Siddeshwar (right) S.A. Ravindranath (left), Mayakonda MLA, in Davangere on Saturday.

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'It was an attempt to divert attention from Volcker report'

DAVANGERE: Davangere MP Siddeshwar said here on Saturday that the sting operation on 11 MPs, who were caught allegedly taking money for raising questions in the Lok Sabha, was a "neatly woven melodrama enacted by the Congress I" to cover up its corrupt practices.

He alleged that the Congress, which faced embarrassment because of Natwar Singh's indictment in Volcker report, had enacted this drama to divert people's attention.

Felicitated

Mr. Siddeshwar was felicitating freedom fighters on the occasion of silver jubilee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

S.A. Ravindranath, MLA (Mayakonda), recalled how the Jan Sangh had merged with the Janata Party.

L. Basavaraj, Davangere district BJP unit president, spoke.

The freedom fighters felicitated were Bathi Onkarappa, Chowdappa, Kolluraiah, Ramesh K.S., Shivaram, Mothilal Sa Salanki, Tukaram, M.C. Sharma, Murugendraiah, Mahadev Bandkar, Ramkrishnachar, Govindappa Kolkunte, Govinda Rao, Bathi Shankarappa, Madhava Rao, Ramachar, Dwarakanath Shetty and Srinivas Rao.

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