KARNATAKA

Probe Rs. 150-cr. bribery charge, says Moily

M. Veerappa Moily

M. Veerappa Moily  

Staff Correspondent

He warns of water, power crises in 175 taluks



H.D. Kumaraswamy accused of

taking bribe

‘Power generated at RTPS is sufficient only for 15 days’



Belgaum: The former Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Tuesday dared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government to order the Lokayukta to conduct an inquiry into the Rs.150-crore bribery charge against former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and the involvement of the former Minister C. Chenningappa, who is with the BJP now.

Addressing presspersons here, he said the BJP Government in the State should first direct the Lokayukta to investigate the major cases of corruption brought to light by its own member. It was Minister for Tourism G. Janardhan Reddy who had accused Mr. Kumaraswamy of receiving Rs. 150 as bribe from mine owners from Bellary.

Mr. Moily was on his way to Hukkeri and Arabhavi in the district to campaign for his party candidates.

Hesitation

Since the BJP was in power, it should not have any hesitation to order a Lokayukta inquiry into the matter, he said.

He reiterated the Congress party’s demand for a CBI inquiry into the matter.

Mr. Moily warned of drinking water and electricity crises in at least 175 taluks. Power being generated at Shaktinagar thermal power station near Raichur was sufficient only for 15 days.

The State was yet to pay Rs. 500 crore for electricity used from the Central grid.

The State had “failed” in meeting the power generation targets.

Mr. Moily said that the results of the byelection to the State Legislative Assembly from eight constituencies, which had been forced upon the people in the wake of BJP’s “operation lotus”, would set a new precedence for the future of course of politics in the State.

He alleged that the BJP was indulging in unethical politics and this was one of the reasons for the byelection.

The State Government did not identify a single beneficiary for a Central housing scheme announced in April. Funds sanctioned to deal with natural calamities had not been utilised. Though the treasury was empty, the State Government was announcing funds for various schemes and misleading the people. Over one lakh acres of land around Bangalore had been handed over to private parties on the pretext of developing special economic zones, Mr. Moily said.

It was not fair on the part of the Chief Minister to find excuses and seek more time for his Government to perform. As Deputy Chief Minister in the Janata Dal(S)-BJP coalition Government, Mr. Yeddyurappa claimed that all welfare measures were initiated by him. So 26 months was sufficient for any Government to prove its merit and ability to perform, he said.

Voters would consider these issues and take a wise decision, he said. Senior leader of the Congress M.P. Prakash spoke.

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