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CM’s political secretary involved in corruption: Cong leader M Lakshman

Mysuru, July 16:- “Corruption is rampant in the present BJP government in the state. In the name of coronavirus pandemic treatment, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s political secretary S R Vishwanath is accused of indulging in corrupt practices in the purchase of beds, pillows, bedsheets and medical equipment,” said Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) spokesperson M Lakshman at a press meet held at the Congress office on JLB Road here on Thursday (July 16).

“Dr Manjunath, who is a relative of Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, is also corrupt. Money spent on the purchase of medical equipment is much more than what should have been spent. It is a bigger scam than Rs 240 crore that has been spent on beds, pillows and bedsheets for 100 days. The tender was given to four contractors. The relatives of ministers have minted money. There is corruption in the name of coronavirus. Though Congress is making serious allegations, BJP leaders seem to be least bothered,” he alleged.

“The government has allowed infected people to roam around and spread the virus in rural areas. Government has no courtesy to listen to Opposition parties and experts. Those who run the government have no common sense. Revenue Minister R Ashoka says the government has spent only Rs 550 crore. He knows how to lie. District in-charge Minister S T Somashekar says the government is ready for a discussion but nothing has happened so far,” he said.

“Government has already released gazette notification on Land Reforms Act amendment. This is a death knell for our farmers. Yediyurappa who took oath in the name of farmers is out to finish them.  With this amendment, one family can own up to 216 acres of land. For industries, it is limitless. When we question this, the chief minister says this amendment is made to help new graduates.  What happened to two crore jobs promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP has done nothing but spreading lies,” he added.

City Congress president R Murthy, KPCC spokesperson Manjula Manasa, Congress leader Chandrashekar and others were present. (MR/KS)

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