‘Congress trying to topple stable BJP Government'
The former national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Rajnath Singh has said if any prima facie case is made out against Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, then he will quit.
Addressing presspersons in Hubli on Saturday during a stopover in the city on his way to Gadag district, Mr. Rajnath Singh said, as of now, there was no prima facie case against Mr. Yeddyurappa either with regard to corruption charges or land deals.
“Mr. Yeddyurappa will quit as Chief Minister if a prima facie case is made against him. In such a situation, there is no need to for us to tell him to do it,” he said.
However, when reporters reminded him that Mr. Yeddyurappa's son and MP B.Y. Raghavendra had returned the plot allotted to him and that he had procured the site by submitting a false affidavit, Mr. Rajnath Singh did not have an answer.
Regarding a query, on the alleged involvement of the Reddy brothers in illegal mining and the reports of the Lokayukta and the Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court, he said if any prima facie case was made out against any of their partymen, they would quit.
Mr. Rajnath Singh clarified that the BJP would complete its term in Karnataka and said it was natural for a political party to have differences of opinion but that would not bring down the government.
He said it was the Congress at the Centre that was trying to topple the “stable BJP Government” in Karnataka.
Regarding BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's statement on the induction of the Reddy brothers in the ministry in Karnataka, he replied that taking a decision on the formation of the ministry was the prerogative of the Chief Minister. He also denied there was any rift between BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.