BJP planning to dump Lokayukta report: Cong

Even as the deadlock over BS Yeddyurappa`s successor continued in Karnataka, Congress alleged that moves were afoot in the BJP to dump the report of the Lokayukta on illegal mining to placate the outgoing Chief Minister.

New Delhi: Even as the deadlock over BS Yeddyurappa`s successor continued in Karnataka, Congress on Monday alleged that moves were afoot in the BJP to dump the
report of the Lokayukta on illegal mining to placate the outgoing Chief Minister.

Citing regional media reports, party spokesperson Manish Tewari alleged that Yeddyurappa`s resignation was secured by BJP`s central leaders on an assurance that
Lokayukta Santosh Hegde`s report on illegal mining indicting him will be rejected by the state government.

"BJP should explain on what conditions was Yeddyurappa`s resignation secured. There are reports that the Chief Minister`s resignation was taken by the central leaders
of BJP on the condition that the Lokayukta`s report will be dumped. The state government in fact has the power to reject Lokyukta`s report," Tewari said.

The Congress spokesperson also urged the Supreme Court to look into the issue. "We also want to appeal to the Supreme Court. Since they are monitoring the issue of illegal mining, these reports coming in vernacular media should be considered
with all seriousness," he said.

While maintaining that he respects Hegde personally and was only seeking clarifications, Tewari asked whether the Karnataka Lokayukta used his powers to give a declaration against Yeddyurappa in his report or take suo motu action
against him after finding him guilty of corruption.

"If Lokayukta finds a public servant guilty of corruption, he can issue a declaration that the person has no right to continue in the office. Since he found Yeddyurappa
guilty of corruption, did he give this declaration?

"Lokayukta can recommend for action against any such public servant without even getting sanction. Why no such recommendation was made? Why in his wisdom, the Lokayukta did not use this power," Tewari asked.

The Congress spokesperson also took a jibe at BJP saying state satraps of opposition party attach no importance to its national leaders.

"State satraps of BJP do not care two hoots about their central leadership," he said referring to the delay in the announcement of the new Chief Minister for the southern
state.

Citing Hegde`s report about the possibility of the earnings from illegal mining in Karnataka being parked in tax havens, Tewari asked what steps the BJP has taken to
recover the money allegedly parked by its ministers and office bearers.

PTI

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