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Seer alleges Karnataka BJP govt takes 30% commission from mutts for grants

Prime News, Karnataka, Religion, Corruption, Politics, Bengaluru, April 19:- Stirring up a controversy, a Lingayat seer on Monday ( April 18), alleged that mutts (monasteries) in Karnataka are equally affected due to rampant corruption prevailing in the State as they too have to pay a commission of 30% to get the sanctioned grants released for them.

Reacting to the statements, Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai said his government considers the seer’s allegations “very seriously.”

“If a grant is sanctioned for a swami (seer), it reaches the mutt after a 30% deduction. This is the plain truth. Officials clearly tell you that unless the amount is deducted, your project will not start,” Dingaleshwar Swamiji of Balehosur Mutt in Shirahatti taluk of Gadag said during a rally organised in Badagandi village in Bagalkote district.

The accusation comes close on the heels of BJP leader K S Eshwarappa resigning from his ministerial position on Saturday (April 16) after a contractor was found dead in a hotel room in Udupi on April 12. The contractor, in a purported WhatsApp message, had alleged that he was compelled to take the extreme step because he was unable to meet Eshwarappa’s demand of a 40% cut in a public work taken up in Hindalga village of Belagavi district in 2021.

The seer also alleged that none of the government programmes is happening properly in the State. “There is a pathetic situation of paying 30% commission. The work starts only after paying 30%. Many contractors have stopped their work. There are only talks but no development is happening. Many MLAs fix the rate first before starting the work,” the Swamiji claimed.

He added that this was not just his accusation but that of the people of the State and demanded that corruption must stop. “There is big injustice happening to northern Karnataka. There is no system in place in northern Karnataka. Roads, bus services, education, and schools are in bad shape. There is a shortage of teachers here. Irrigation works are pathetic,” the seer said

Commenting on the allegations made by the Lingayat seer,  Bommai said, “He (the seer) is a great swamiji with a great track record. The entire state knows it. I only request His Holiness to give the entire details as to who paid, for what purpose it was paid and to whom it was paid to. We will certainly inquire and go into the depth of the case. We consider his allegation very seriously.”

The seer’s charge, though, gave the opposition Congress ammunition to target the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

“It is a matter of shame that the BJP, which calls itself as a saviour of dharma (righteousness), is eating 30% commission into the grants sanctioned for monasteries and temples,” former chief minister Siddaramaiah said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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