Panaji: In a statement that may cause
further embarrassment to BJP, its national vice president
Shanta Kumar on Sunday said he had informed the party high command
about the happenings in Karnataka when he was party in-charge
for the state, but his complaints were not taken seriously.
In a hard-hitting comment, he also said that BJP was
fast becoming a "party of sons, daughters and relatives".
"I knew everything what Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde
has now said... I had informed high command about it, but no
action was taken," Kumar said to a news agency here.
"I had asked the high command to relieve me from
Karnataka`s charge, if action was not to be taken against
Yeddyurappa. Lokayukta`s report is so much damning that the
party must take action against the Chief Minister," he said.
He said BJP came into existence as a party with
difference, and continued to be a much better party compared
to the rest.
"But of late the culture of parivar-tantra (family
politics), replacing Loktantra (democracy), has arisen even in
the BJP....BJP has been the party of workers but right from
Himachal Pradesh to Karnataka, it is becoming party of sons,
daughters and relatives," the national vice president said.
Kumar reminded that at a recent meeting of BJP Chief
Ministers, it was resolved that the party will oppose
corruption. Developments in Karnataka -- where the BJP Chief
Minister is facing allegations regarding corruption in the
mining sector -- were tarnishing the party`s image, he added.
"Whether in government or not, we are for the nation. If
we compromise with the corrupt to remain in power, we have no
right to call ourselves a party with difference," he said.
Recently Kumar had written a letter to the BJP president,
demanding Yeddyurappa`s removal.