* “BJP wants ACB to be Scrapped”.
* “Protest erupts across the State by Karnataka BJP demands Siddaramaiah’s resignation for ‘misusing’ ACB.
On Monday morning, senior BJP leaders led by Union Minister Ananth Kumar met Governor R.Vajubhai Vala and submitted a memorandum to him stating that chief minister Siddaramaih was trying to misuse the anti-corruption bureau.They marched from the Vidhana Soudha to the Raj Bhavan in a show of strength.
This comes couple of days after a senior KAS officer H Basavarajendra filed a complaint with the Governor that he was being pressurised to testify falsely against former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa in the Dr Shivarama Karanth Layout de-notification case.
In a letter to Governor Vajubhai Vala, the officer had alleged that the ACB was putting pressure on him to give a statement against Yeddyurappa.He had also claimed that he was named as an accused in the case because he refused to do so.
The ACB had recently filed FIRs against Yeddyurappa, accusing him of de-notifying 257 acres of land from a preliminary notification of 3,546 acres, meant for the formation of the Dr K Shivaram Karanth Layout, “bypassing” the de-notifying committee’s approval, when he was the chief minister between May, 2008 and July, 2011.
In a counter to his allegations, the ACB DGP, M N Reddi, had released a statement, saying it was a feeble attempt by Basavarajendra to build a false defence.
Meanwhile Several BJP leaders in Karnataka on Sunday protested at mysore bank circle and demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for “misusing” the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) by forcing it to file “false” cases against opposition leaders, including B S Yeddyurappa, the state unit chief of the saffron party.
Those who demanded the chief minister’s resignation included former deputy chief minister R Ashok and MP Shobha Karandlaje.
Union Minister Ananth kumar told media persons that they (government) has foisted a false case and charges on our leader, the state president and former CM.They have used the ACB to achieve this we have brought to the notice of the governor he added .
UNION MINISTER ANANTH KUMAR ALSO SAID.
1. Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has usurped the powers of the Lokayukta without any legal sanction.
2. BJP leaders are being targeted and physically attacked.
3. RSS and BJP leaders are being killed and there is no protection for them.
4. A ‘scare’ has been created in the state of Karnataka.
5. Law is not being allowed to take its due course.
Jagadish shettar, lop assembly, told media persons that I have a poser to the ACB.During the last one year,over 25 cases have been filed against the CM.In how many instances has the ACB quizzed the CM,filed the FIR and issued summons to the CM he added.
K S Eshwarappa Lop Council, told media persons that we had opposed the creation of the ACB.We had said that at point of time that the ACB would become an agent.This (ACB move) comes after raids were conducted at DK Shivakumar’s residence this is move to cover up he added.
Shobha Karandlaje BJP MP,told media persons that the CM fears losing control and his power.We (BJP)will not be cowed down by these.The public will ensure that we got a bigger mandate than last time and form the government in 2018.She also condemned the ACB for putting pressure on the then special land acquisition officer of the Bengaluru Development Authority, H Basavarajendra, to “frame” Yeddyurappa she added.
R.Ashoka said the officer’s complaint proved that the FIRs against Yeddyurappa were politically motivated he added.
Meanwhile Congress activist landed at the dollars colony resident of former CM and BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa and protested the cops attached to Sanjaynagar police station wizzed the activist away .
CM Siddaramaiah denies the allegation which hunt.
Siddaramaiah,Chief Minister told media persons that should we condone BSY’s mistakes?ACB probed the issue and registered FIR.Let them prove their innocence and produce supporting documents to the high Court he added.
Dinesh Gundu Rao,KPCC working president told in his statement that if we had indulge in revenge politics we could have done so long back.There is no doubt that we are seeking vendetta.We have not done anything like this for the last four and half years and much less ahead of the polls he added.
Yeddyurappa is the first chief minister in south India to step down while in office following corruption charges.He has recently been named as the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for the 2018 Karnataka Assembly polls.