JDS slams BJP`s `double standards` on corruption issue
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 23:00
New Delhi: JD (S) ob Wednesday accused the BJP of adopting "double standards", saying on one hand it pretends to wage a war against corruption and on the other hand it defends "scam tainted" Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

The party also attacked BJP stalwart L K Advani, saying, earlier, he persuaded the Karnataka Lokayukta to continue in office after the latter resigned in protest against the Yeddyurappa government's inaction in tackling corruption and yesterday he approached the President to act against Governor H R Bhardwaj.

"BJP President Nitin Gadkari's statement, that the Chief Minister's action are immoral and not illegal, is not only ridiculous but also exposes the double standards of the saffron party as it pretends to wage an a war against corruption," JD(S) president H D Deve Gowda said here.

Speaking to reporters he said, "what has shocked me is the presence of the former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in the delegation that met the President. Not long back, it was Advani who persuaded the Karnataka Lokayukta to continue in office after the latter resigned protesting against the Yeddyurappa government's inaction on corruption cases".

"... The same Lokayukta has endorsed the sanction accorded by the Governor for the prosecution of the Chief Minister. That a leader of Advani's stature, who is crusading to bring back Indian black money deposited in foreign banks now seems to be defending the nefarious deeds of a scam tainted Chief Minister."

The former Deputy Prime Minister should know that Bhardwaj accorded the sanction in his capacity as the presiding authority under Section 19 (1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the JD(S) president added.

He told the BJP to set its own house (Karnata) right before planning to stall the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament in its demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam.

"Ahead of the upcoming Budget session and before taking a moral high on the corruption issue, the BJP should set its own house in order by sacking the most corrupt Chief Minister in the nation's history," Gowda, whose party has been vigorously exposing land deals involving Yeddyurappa's kin in Karnataka, said.

Citing examples of other political parties taking action against corruption, he said the UPA had taken quick steps in the Volcker case, Adarsh housing scam and CWG case, while, UP Chief Minister Mayawati recently acted against a party MLA in a rape case.


First Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 23:00

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