CM's probe panel promise irks BSY

KJP president B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday accused Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of indulging in “vote bank politics” by promising to set up a commission headed by a High Court judge to probe ‘false cases’ foisted against people from the minority communities.

“The innocent are innocent. Why are you only considering minorities? You are only trying to appease minorities ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and indulging in vote bank politics,” Yeddyurappa said, while participating in a discussion on budget proposals in the Assembly.
Siddaramaiah had reportedly made the announcement of setting up the commission at a function on Tuesday.

“Does that mean you have no faith in the judiciary and the police,” Yeddyurappa asked.
He said that Siddaramaiah should behave responsibly and should refrain from making such statements.

Yeddyurappa accused Siddaramaiah of misleading the people by giving a distorted version of the State’s financial position during the previous regime.

He said the government should earmark Rs 1,000 crore for completing ongoing and starting new Railway projects, slash sales tax on petrol and diesel, release pending grants for crop loan waiver scheme and arrears to dairy farmers.

The chief minister was not present when Yeddyurappa made the allegations.

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