Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G. Parameshwara on Sunday demanded that Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda resign from his post taking moral responsibility and recommend dissolution of the Assembly as most of his Cabinet Ministers were involved in one controversy or the other.

Mr. Parameshwara told presspersons here that the arrest of the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Saturday in land denotification case was historic.

“The illegal acts of Mr. Yeddyurappa have made the BJP bow its head in shame,” he said.

Media reports that Congress workers had celebrated Mr. Yeddyurappa's arrest, at a party function in Shimoga, were misleading. “I want to clarify that Congress workers only expressed their satisfaction at the law taking its course,” he said.

As many as 13 Ministers, who were in Mr. Yeddyurappa's Cabinet and most of whom had found a place in Mr. Sadananda Gowda's Cabinet, were involved in one controversy or the other. The former Ministers G. Janardhan Reddy, S.N. Krishnaiah Setty and Katta Subramanya Naidu are in jail. While the former Minister Hartal Halappa had gone to prison, G. Karunakara Reddy, B. Sriramalu and K.S. Eshwarappa, all former Ministers, were facing charges of corruption. There were allegations of corruption against Ministers such as R. Ashok, C.P. Yogeshwar, Anand Asnotikar and Murugesh R. Nirani, Mr. Parameshwara said.

A delegation of the Congress, headed by him, would meet Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Monday and urge him to recommend dismissal of the State Government as it was facing a series of corruption charges, the KPCC president said.

On senior BJP leader L.K. Advani's Jan Chetna Yatra, he said Mr. Advani should first address corruption in BJP-ruled States. “When the BJP Government in Karnataka is steeped neck-deep in corruption, how can Mr. Advani speak of clean politics? It is for Mr. Advani to decide on the yatra,” he said.

Drought situation

The Government had declared 84 taluks as drought-hit. But the fact was that nearly three-fourth of the State was drought-hit. Neither Ministers nor officials had found time to visit the drought-affected villages, he alleged.

Most of the Ministers are involved in one controversy or the other: KPCC chief