BJP govt tainted, says Singhvi

A day after Hartal Halappa resigned as Food and Civil Supplies Minister for allegedly sexually abusing a woman, the Congress on Monday questioned the inaction of the Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa against his other Cabinet colleagues facing serious charges.

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesman and Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Singhvi said that the BJP was running its first government in the country’s southern part with tainted persons like Revenue Minister Karunakar Reddy, Tourism Minister Janardhan Reddy, Social Welfare minister B Sudhakar, Excise Minister Renukacharya, Fisheries Minister Anand Asnotikar and Industry Minister Murugesh Nirani.

Singhvi alleged that while the Reddys had several criminal charges against them, Sudhakar was allegedly involved in a bank fraud case and Renukacharya was accused of extortion and even harassing a woman. Asnotikar had allegedly been involved in a murder case while Nirani was accused of power-theft. “Does the BJP’s yardstick for morality in Bangalore differ from that in Delhi?” Singhvi wondered.

That the tainted ministers of Karnataka were allowed to continue in office exposed the greed for power within the BJP, he added and accused the saffron party of practicing hypocrisy and maintaining double-standards.  “The BJP always try to preach what it does not practice. They need to explain to whom they are accountable,” Singhvi added.

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