Yeddyurappa supports Hazare`s campaign

Battling allegations of corruption, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa Friday extended support to social activist Anna Hazare, who is on an indefinite fast demanding a comprehensive Jan Lokpal Bill.

Bangalore: Battling allegations of
corruption, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa Friday
extended support to social activist Anna Hazare, who is on an
indefinite fast demanding a comprehensive Jan Lokpal Bill.

"Time has come for enactment of such a legislation to
eradicate corruption in the country," he said here.

Yeddyurappa, facing charges of nepotism and favouritism
in land denotifications, demanded that the Centre take
immediate steps to bring in a legislation to fight corruption
which is rampant in the country.

Two advocates have filed five private complaints against
Yeddyurappaa in a court here seeking his prosecution under the
provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act after obtaining
sanction from Governor H R Bhardwaj.

The court had taken cognisance of the offences listed in
the complaints and directed the Lokayukta police to
investigate the charges.

However, Karnataka High Court has stayed the proceedings
on a petition by Yeddyurappa`s son-in-law Sohan Kumar.

Dissidents in ruling BJP have been seeking the ouster of
Yeddyurappa from Chief Minister`s post citing allegations of
corruption faced by him.

Yeddyurappa, who has denied all charges, was speaking
after presenting the state government`s Devaraj Urs Award to
Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala D Veerendra Hegde in recognition
of his services for the welfare of rural development and
backward classes.

Hegde too supported Hazare`s fight against corruption and
suggested that the efforts should begin to check the menace at
the village level.

"People should be in a position to display a signboard
that their village is corruption-free and it should go up to
taluk, district, state and country level," he added.

PTI