Shimla: BJP National Vice President
Shanta Kumar, who had put the party leadership in a fix by
demanding replacement of Karnataka chief minister B S
Yeddyurappa, on Saturday advised the latter to abide by the party`s
decision and tender his resignation without further delay.
Describing the happenings in Karnataka as
"unfortunate", Kumar said Yeddyurappa should not miss this
opportunity and cautioned that further delay in his
resignation would cause incalculable damage to the party.
The senior BJP leader who was here to address a
meeting organised by ABVP`s recently floated outfit "youth
against corruption" said the new chief minister should be
decided by the party and he should have a clean image and
blotless public life.
"The outgoing chief minister should be consulted about
his successor but the final decision should be taken by the
party," he said.
Referring to the reports that Yeddyurappa could be
appointed state party president, Kumar said tainted people
should not occupy any office in the government or the party.
When asked about his comments about corruption and
nepotism in BJP, he said that his remarks covered all
political parties where dynastic succession had become order
of the day.
On the allegations of corruption being leveled against
the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh by party MP, Rajan
Sushant, he said that the matter was under consideration of
the high command but the "yardstick for corruption and
indiscipline" should be uniform for all.
"There were leaders who had burnt the party flags when
they were denied tickets and expelled from the party but now
some of them have been placated by giving chairmanship of
statutory bodies which speaks about double standards in
dealing with indiscipline", he observed.
Kumar reiterated his demand to bring back the black
money stashed away in foreign banks.
Kumar said that the UPA government had been delaying
the issue as once the names of the depositors were exposed,
most of the senior congress leaders would not be able to hold
He said it was unfortunate that many foreign countries
have offered to disclose the names of the depositors and give
the money back to the country, but the government was not even
prepared to ask for the names of the account holders.