Congress launches fresh attack on Yeddyurappa

Congress on Thursday slammed controversial Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa over a trust formed by his son and kin allegedly receiving huge donations from an industrial house having interests in the state.

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011, 22:34 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday slammed
controversial Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa over a
trust formed by his son and kin allegedly receiving huge
donations from an industrial house having interests in the
state.
Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi alleged that
Prerana Educational and Social Trust in Karnataka owned by
Yeddyurappa`s son and family members received "enormous"
donations worth Rs 27.18 crore from sister organizations of an
Industrial House in a "quid pro quo" as the company owns a
joint venture in the state.

The Congress attack on the issue came a day after
former Karnataka Chief Minister and JD(S) MP H D Kumaraswamy
made the same allegation saying the the trust received the
donation during 2008-09 and 2009-10 by way of corpus donation
by misusing the Chief Minister`s office and rendering official
favours to those companies.
Describing the development as "extremely serious"
and an example of "nepotism", Singhvi demanded an explanation
from the party.

"A non-existent body, it received Rs 27 crore from
various entities. Some of the money obviously came for
nepotistic consideration...this is open loot going on," he
said.

Singhvi said the incident was not an isolated one and
alleged that similar things were happening in other states as
well. "This exposes the real face, character and conduct of
BJP."

The Congress spokesperson found nothing wrong in
joining the issue with JD(S) saying it has no problem in
making common cause with anybody including even BJP if it is
about taking action against corruption.

Kumaraswamy, who was talking to journalists here on
Wednesday jointly with the leaders of Left parties, the
AIADMK, the TDP and the Janata Dal (Secular) had said that
Yeddyurappa`s sons did official favours to the donor companies
and collected huge donations for the Trust as illegal
gratification.

PTI