Calling upon the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to come clean on its stand on corrupt and illegal practices involving the Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, the Congress on Monday said the national leadership appeared to be a “willing'' accomplice in all activities of the Chief Minister.
Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters that the central leadership of the BJP should issue a statement on the resignation of the Chief Minister. “We would also like to condemn the blatant double standards of the BJP who choose to remain silent on the issue of its Chief Minister but continue to paralyse and obstruct Parliament over the 2G spectrum causing tremendous loss to the exchequer and losing the confidence of the people,'' she said.
She criticised Mr. Yeddyurappa for not resigning after “accepting culpability in serious wrong-doing regarding de-notification and illegal allotment of land in the prime area of Bengaluru to his own family members.”
“It appears that the national BJP is unwilling or unable to take responsibility for the activities of the Chief Minister,'' she said, while asking the BJP to come clean on the issue. If the party did not do so, the obvious inference would be that it was willing to accept corrupt practices, the spokesperson added.
In the Lok Sabha on Monday morning, Congress MPs had demanded removal of Mr. Yeddyurappa for his alleged involvement in land allotment and corruption. Carrying placards and shouting slogans, the MPs rose from their seats to counter the Opposition's demand of setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the 2G spectrum issue that had resulted in the stepping down of Telecom Minister A. Raja last week. The matter related to “inaction'' by the Prime Minister on this issue is pending in the Supreme Court.