JDS slams BJP`s `double standards` on corruption issue

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
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

"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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