New Delhi: Attacking Karnataka Chief
Minister BS Yeddyurappa in the wake of the Lokayukta
indicting him on the illegal mining issue, Left parties on Thursday
demanded his resignation, saying the BJP leader has no moral
authority to continue in his office.
"It`s a very serious indictment and I think during
this serious indictment the Chief Minister should not continue
in his office," Rajya Sabha member and CPI(M) Politburo
member Sitaram Yechuri told reporters here.
Asked about developments in Karnataka, Yechuri said,
"We have been saying this earlier, and now our apprehensions
have been proved by the Lokayukta`s report. I think there is
no moral authority left in the Karnataka Chief Minister to
continue in his office."
Asking BJP to take a firm stand, Yechuri said, "We
hope the BJP will take this decision, because otherwise its
credibility in the fight against corruption is also very
In Karnataka, the state Lokayukta Justice Santosh N
Hegde today said he has given "substantive" and "voluminous"
evidence against Yeddyurappa in illegal mining scam which has
cost the state exchequer Rs 1800 crore in a period of 14
Terming the illegal mining scam as a "huge racket",
Hegde said, "In the time period of 14 months, it is more than
Rs 1800 crore.The time period is between March 2009 to May
2010. It is loss to the state exchequer".