Kumaraswamy levels fresh charges against Karnataka CM

In a fresh salvo, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy accused BS Yeddyurappa of indulging in financial irregularities in agriculture and horticulture departments by releasing funds for works which, he said, were not executed.

Updated: Apr 10, 2011, 00:21 AM IST

Bangalore: In a fresh salvo, JD(S) leader H D
Kumaraswamy on Saturday accused Karnataka Chief Minister BS
Yeddyurappa of indulging in financial irregularities in
agriculture and horticulture departments by releasing funds
for works which, he said, were not executed.

"The man, who was sworn-in in the name of farmers and
took credit for presenting a historic separate agriculture
budget for farmers has released several crores to schemes
envisaged for the benefit of farming community though none of
the programmes was taken up and implemented", Kumaraswamy
told reporters here.

Kumaraswamy said Rs nine crore was released to a tractor
dealer towards subsides for purchase of tractors by farmers
even as none of the farmers has purchased it.

Crores of rupees have also been released towards
construction of `Raitha Samparka Kendras` (farmers interactive
centres) whereas no building was built, he charged and said he
would soon release documentary evidence.

With his campaign to "expose" Yeddyurappa and his family`s
alleged corruption failing to yield results, Kumaraswamy said
"I think I have failed. People might be doubting me too. Let
those who staged fast in support of Anna Hazare continue the
battle against corruption. I am willing to provide them with
whatever documents I have".

Kumaraswamy, who had led the JDS-BJP coalition for 20
months, also alleged Rs 100 crore earmarked for organic
farming had been misused and demanded a CBI probe into it.

He took a dig at Yeddyurappa for his statements that
he supported Hazare.

In a lighter vein, Kumaraswamy suggested to the Centre to
"enlarge the 10-member committee appointed to draft the Lokpal
bill to include Yeddyurappa and BJP President Nitin Gadkari
as its members to get suggestions for eradicating corruption".

Kumaraswamy said he had no ulterior motives behind
revealing "corrupt deeds" of Yeddyurappa.

Asked whether it was a sign of giving up his battle
against Yeddyurappa, Kumaraswamy hastened to add "I will
continue it".

PTI