Cong rakes up Karnataka mining issue to blunt attack on Sheila

Countering BJP`s demands for resignation of Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit over the CWG mess, Congress raked up the issue of illegal mining in Karnataka and questioned the opposition`s right to raise corruption issues.

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2011, 21:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Countering BJP`s demands for
resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit over the
Commmowealth Games mess, Congress on Wednesday raked up the issue of
illegal mining in Karnataka and questioned the opposition`s
right to raise corruption issues.

"Those who are demanding the resignation of Delhi Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit should be asked what is happening in
Karnataka," AICC general secretary in-charge for the southern
state Madhusudan Mistri told a press conference here.

Mistri described the demand for Dikshit`s resignation as
"politically motivated and nothing else".
"BJP has no moral right to raise such issues. It is
maintaining a double face on corruption. While it is saying
one thing here, it is maintaining a different yardstick for
Karnataka.

"Yeddyurappa as a chief minister could not have allowed
corruption and illegal mining in Karnataka on such a scale
without the backing of central party leaders. The central
leaders of BJP are (also) a party," Mistri said.

At the especially convened press conference, an eight-page
document on "shameless and repeated corruption by the BJP
government in Karnataka" was released.
CLP leader of Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah said at the
press meet, "Yeddyurappa is indulging in corruption, misuse of
power, nepotism and favouritism to his his kith and kin. He
has no right to continue as Chief Minister."

Both Mistri and Siddaramaiah, however, evaded questions
whether they were seeking dismissal of the Karnataka
government and imposition of President`s rule there, saying
these matters are to be looked into by the Governor and all
they wanted was to highlight corruption in the state.

Siddaramaiah alleged that the Karnataka Chief Minister has
colluded with those involved in illegal mining and questioned
the "silence of the central leadership of BJP".

"They (central leaders of BJP) are making a lot of noise
in Parliament. Why BJP high command is keeping quiet over
corruption in Karnataka. We demand that the probe into illegal
mining in Karnataka be handed over to the CBI," he said.

He claimed that iron ore worth Rs 5,000 crore has been
illegally exported outside Karnataka during the tenure of
Yeddyurappa and illegal mining in recent years has caused a
loss of over Rs 50,000 crore to the state exchequer.

The leaders alleged that the Karnataka Chief Minister was
involved in land deals concerning him and his family.

PTI