Revanna rebuts CM, says ready for probe

Demands CM to bring MLAs, ministers under the ambit of Lokayukta

The war of words between the JD(S) and the Congress continued, with JD(S) MLA H D Revanna saying that he was ready for any probe, regarding his wealth. “I will also convince former prime minister H D Deve Gowda to agree for a probe, regarding the properties owned by the family members,” he said.

Addressing a press meet, here, on Sunday, he was responding to the statements issued by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, about initiating a probe into the wealth of Hassan MP Deve Gowda’s family.

Stating that he was ready for a CBI probe into his wealth, he demanded Siddaramaiah to enact a legislation to bring MLAs and ministers under the ambit of the Lokayukta. “Deve Gowda has faced several investigations during his lifetime and is not afraid of any new probe,” he said.

Raising objections over the ‘language’ used by Energy Minister D K Shivakumar, he said, such language was not a sign of a cultured man. “While Shivakumar was using such language, Siddaramaiah, who was also present at the venue did not object to it. People of the district are closely watching such issues and will provide an appropriate reply in the elections,” he said.

Responding to allegations by Shivakumar that Revanna was luring voters by distributing cash, he said, it was not necessary for the JD(S) to ‘buy’ votes. “But, money is being brought into the district in ambulances and police vehicles. Election officials must take note of these issues,” he said.
“Congress leaders are now speaking about irrigation in the State. They must take a look into the amount of money sanctioned for Krishna Upper Project when Deve Gowda became the Chief Minister,” he said.

‘Deve Gowda to win’

JD(S) leader T C Ananthasubbaraya, speaking at a press meet, expressed confidence that former Prime Minister Deve Gowda will be re-elected as MP from Hassan constituency.

“Congress leaders are under the illusion that they can secure a few more votes by defaming Deve Gowda. However, such statements will only increase the chances of victory for Deve Gowda,” he  said.

While Deve Gowda had won by a margin of 16,000 votes in the past election, he will win by a margin of over 20,000 votes, in the election scheduled to be held on April 17, he said.

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