BJP may ask Yeddyurappa to go, claim Cong leaders

Kharge took a swipe at top BJP leaders whom he charged "only preached moral lessons to Congress on corruption, but supported the same in Karnataka and its Chief Minister".

Last Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 21:42 PM IST

Chennapatna: Congress on Sunday slammed the `inaction` of BJP high-command in taking actions against Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, under whose regime the state`s image has `plummeted` to low following allegations of corruption faced by him.

Congress leaders including, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, Union Minister for Labour and Employment M Mallikarjun Kharge and KPCC president G Parameshwara, while addressing a series of election rallies in Chennapatna Assembly constituency, which is going to bypoll on April nine,
slammed the ruling party for forcing frequent by-elections.

"The BJP has brought the political system in the state to such a such a low that those contesting the elections are being forced to take a vow before people that they will not be on sale if elected", Krishna said hitting out at BJP on its acts of engineering defections from opposition parties under
"operation lotus".

"Karnataka has become the most corrupt state and is caught in the vicious circle of corruption under BJP rule. There is a need for treatment. People should ensure that the outcome of the bypolls in three constituencies should ring a warning bell to the ruling party", he said.

Kharge took a swipe at top BJP leaders whom he charged "only preached moral lessons to Congress on corruption, but supported the same in Karnataka and its Chief Minister".

However, Kharge hastened to add that "there are rumours in Delhi that BJP may act after the bypoll and Yeddyurappa will not last for long".

Parameshwara said the Yeddyurappa government has been `pumping money and liquor into the elections to win them by misusing official machinery. Government vehicles are being used
to transport cash and liquor`, he charged.

The Congress would soon complaint about this to Election Commission seeking action against BJP.

Earlier addressing an election rally at Kudlur, the leaders appealed to the people not to support "the corrupt government of Yeddyurappa".

Bypolls are being held in Bangarpet and Jagalur constituencies.

PTI