BJP leaders 'looting' govt funds: Siddaramaiah

Speaking at a Congress party meeting in the city, he alleged that the ruling BJP was "steeped in corruption" and the fact that the BJP central leadership was "helpless and a mute spectator" to this, had shown their "collusion in the act".

Lashing out at Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa for "using every trick to save his chair", Siddaramaiah claimed, "the Chief Minister may soon have to go to jail for his acts".

The Congress leader charged the opposition JD-S of "hobnobbing" with BJP and alleged that the former Prime Minister H D Devegowda-led party had "joined hands" with the Reddy brothers who have been accused of amassing wealth from illegal mining in Bellary district.

"JD-S can do no better than indulging in family politics. People cannot expect the party to bring any good to the state. Congress deserves all support of the people battered by the corrupt BJP government and the selfish JD-S in the coming by-elections to the three assembly seats," he added.

The three Assembly constituencies of Chennapatna, Jagalur and Bangarpet will go to polls on April nine. Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Ayyanur Manjunath slammed Siddaramaiah for his "street level" remarks on Yeddyurappa and the BJP central leadership.

"Siddaramaiah is the leader of opposition in the Assembly but with his below the belt remarks, he has failed to keep up with the stature of his post," he said.

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