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Senior BJP leader accuses Yeddyurappa of betrayal

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Reception:BJP candidate for Shimoga Assembly constituencyK.S. Eshwarappa and his family greeting the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj in Shimoga on Friday.— Photo: VAIDYA
Reception:BJP candidate for Shimoga Assembly constituencyK.S. Eshwarappa and his family greeting the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj in Shimoga on Friday.— Photo: VAIDYA

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Friday took on the former Chief Minister and president of Karnataka Janata Paksha B.S. Yeddyurappa on his home turf and accused him of betrayal.

“Mr. Yeddyurappa could initiate development work in the district because BJP gave him an opportunity to become Chief Minister. It is unfortunate that, he betrayed the party,” said Ms. Swaraj, addressing a public rally at the National Education Society ground in the city.

Accusing Yeddyurappa of indulging in factionalism while he was in the BJP, Ms. Swaraj said the performance of Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar who succeeded him, was impressive

Referring to the call from Mr. Yeddyurappa to the Karnataka Janata Paksha activists to ensure the defeat of Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa in Shimoga constituency, she called upon the BJP activists to give a fitting reply by trouncing Mr. Yeddyurappa in Shikaripur, from where the former Chief Minister, is fighting election.

She said a slew of welfare schemes for the uplift of the poor people were announced in the Budgets presented by both Mr. Gowda and Mr. Shettar, Ms. Swaraj said.

‘PM must go’

Ms. Swaraj has demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar over the affidavit filed by the CBI with the Supreme Court regarding the coal allocation scam. She alleged that to shield the Prime Minister, who headed the Coal portfolio then, the Congress was trying to misuse the CBI and interfere in its functioning.

The CBI has told the Supreme Court on Friday that its status report on coal allocation scam was shared with Mr. Kumar and that senior officials of PMO and Coal Ministry also had access to it. Both the Prime Minister and the Law Minister had lost the moral right to continue in office, she said.


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