KARNATAKA

Patil questions ‘silence’ of Chief Minister over Sampangi issue

Staff Correspondent

‘Yeddyurappa should have constituted a committee to look into the case’



‘Yuva Andolana’ organised by Youth Congress

in Hubli

Youth told to enter politics in the interest

of the country



HUBLI: Former leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council H.K. Patil has questioned the “silence” of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on the issue of BJP MLA Sampangi being caught while allegedly accepting bribe.

Addressing the “Yuva Andolana” organised by the Youth Congress here on Sunday, Mr. Patil took exception to the “silence” of Mr. Yeddyurappa and “inaction” of Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar on the issue.

The Chief Minister should have constituted a committee to look into issue, he said.

Mr. Patil said that Mr. Shettar was still in the process of consulting legal experts on the issue. Mr. Sampagi should be immediately disqualified, he said and added that the electorate was disappointed with the style of functioning of the BJP Government.

Mr. Patil underscored the need for the youth to enter politics to “cleanse” the present political system.

President of the Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee Krishna Byre Gowda said that the Youth Congress had started “Yuva Andolana” with the objective of attracting youth to join the party.

Youngsters were required to bring in a change in the present political environment, he said and appealed to the youth to enter politics in the interest of the country.

Mr. Gowda said steps were being taken to strengthen the Youth Congress. Elections would be held for various posts in the Youth Congress including that of the State unit president, he said. Former MP Manjunath Kunnur underscored the need for strengthening the party from booth level.

Former MLAs Vinay Kulkarni and C.S. Shivalli said that it was because of the partymen that Congress candidates had suffered defeat in elections. Former Mayor Anilkumar Patil, MLA Santosh Lad, MLC A.M. Hindasageri and former MLA Jabbarkhan Honnalli were among those who spoke.

Responsibility



Staff Correspondent from Belgaum writes:

The youth should take on the responsibility of making the country stronger — economically and culturally, Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee president Krishna Byre Gowda said addressing party workers in Belgaum on Saturday.

He said the All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi was keen on providing opportunities for the youth in the party. Youth with merit and leadership abilities should enter politics, Mr. Gowda said.

He criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party for its “divide and rule” policy.

Senior leaders including president of the Belgaum district unit of the Congress S.S. Bhimannavar, Feroz Sait, Amarsinh Patil, Mahantesh Kaujalgi, Laxmi Hebbalkar and Wasim Maskewale were present.

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