Retaining BSY is BJP`s "double-speak": CPI (M)
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:19
New Delhi: The CPI(M) Thursday accused BJP of double-speak and opportunism for retaining B S Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister despite corruption charges against him, saying its anti-graft crusade in Parliament has been "thrown to the wind".

"In a classic case of double-speak and political opportunism sans any sense of guilt, the BJP has decided to retain its Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, despite the mounting charges of corruption and nepotism against him," party's Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said.

"Clearly, political morality and the ostensible crusade against corruption in Parliament were thrown to the wind in order to save its state government purely on caste considerations," he said in an editorial titled 'Double Speak, Thy Name is BJP' in the forthcoming issue of CPI(M) organ 'People's Democracy'.

"It is, thus, clear that on the issue of large-scale corruption, the colossal loot of India, there is little difference between the Congress-led UPA and the BJP," he said.

With BJP participating in protests in Parliament to demand joint parliamentary committee probe into 2G spectrum allocation scam, he said its decision in Karnataka was based on the prime consideration that it should not lose its only government in South India.

BJP was also trying to take "totally undeserved credit" for Bihar election results by claiming that 'development agenda' was placed over caste considerations.

The saffron party's decision on Karnataka was "based purely on caste considerations", he said, adding Yeddyurappa had mobilised the "powerful Lingayat community" behind him when he was faced with the probability of ouster.

He said BJP's decision to have a judicial inquiry into Karnataka land scam was "an eyewash" since a judicial inquiry had no power to prosecute the culprits.

Maintaining that BJP has been "hit another morality crisis" in Uttarakhand, he said many of its top leaders were mounting pressure for removal of Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriya Nishank in the wake of charges of scams against him.

Two alleged scandals Uttarakhand are irregularities in 56 hydro-electric projects and changing the land use of a 15 acre industrial plot worth Rs 400 crores and handing it over to real estate developers for a mere Rs three crore at Rishikesh, the CPI(M) leader said.

"In the interests of the country and its people, it is imperative to stop this loot and, instead, use these resources for improving the people's livelihood standards and, thus, in creating a better India," he said.


First Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:19

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