JD(S) raises Karna CM issue, BJP demands sacking of minister

Corruption issue dominated the Zero Hour with Congress, JD(S) and several other parties targeting controversial Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and BJP hitting back demanding sacking of a tainted Delhi minister.

New Delhi: Corruption issue dominated the
Zero Hour on Wednesday with Congress, JD(S) and several other parties
targeting controversial Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa and BJP hitting back demanding sacking of a
tainted Delhi minister.

Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda (JDS) raised the
issue in the Lok Sabha amidst strong protests from BJP members
who stormed the Well of the House. This even led to a brief
adjournment during which Speaker Meira Kumar held
consultations with leaders of various political parties.

Gowda, whose speech was lost in the din, alleged that
an educational trust floated by the family of the Karnataka
Chief Minister got donations worth Rs 27 crore from various
companies whose paid up capital was only Rs one lakh.

Suggesting that a quid-pro-quo was involved in the
matter, Gowda, a former Karnataka Chief Minister, claimed he
had all the documents to prove the charges.

Yeddyurappa, in collusion with the local officials,
was involved in the irregularities, Gowda, who was supported
by SP, RJD and the Left parties, alleged.

Supporting him, Jagadambika Pal (Cong) said that the
Prerna Education Trust was floated by the Yeddyurappa`s family
to get donations.

Gowda regretted that "the party of Atal Bihari
Vajpayee, who had raised the issue of corruption of A R
Antulay, was not allowing him to draw the attention to the
alleged irregularities of Yeddyurappa".

The BJP chose to train its guns on the Congress
government in Delhi demanded sacking of minister Rajkumar
Chauhan in the wake of the adverse findings against him by the
Lokayukta.

The case against Chauhan was serious and he should be
sacked immediately, Shahnawaz Hussain said.

When Congress members were protesting against
Hussain`s comments, BJP member Nishikant Dubey posed a query
to the chair as to how she had allowed the issue concerning
the Karnataka Chief Minister to be raised twice.

"If this is the case then we will have to raise the
matter regarding Robert Vadra (son-in-law of Congress
President Sonia Gandhi)," he said.

When BJP members took their seats, the Speaker
quipped, "You have done a lot of work".

Earlier, appealing to the slogan-shouting BJP members
to return to their seats, the Speaker said, "Ho gaya aapka.
Gala sukh jaayega (it is over now, it must have made your
throats dry)".

Later, Reoti Raman Singh (SP) alleged high-handedness
by Uttar Pradesh Police when he was proceeding to Delhi from
his residence in Allahabad.

The Speaker assured the member that she had sought a
factual report on the matter from the Home Ministry and would
take an appropriate decision after studying it.

PTI

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