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Mysuru: State most corrupt in country, says Siddu

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Mysuru: Continuing his tirade against the State BJP Government, senior Congress Leader and Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the CM Basavaraj Bommai Government is the most corrupt in the country.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday August 26 he said that you need a mirror to see the wound on your hand. The whole world knows the BJP Government is corrupt. If the Government has the guts, it should order a CBI probe.”

Siddaramaiah said “If there are charges against me, I am game for a probe. Now that they are cornered, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are trying to pass the buck. They promised waiver of farm loans in the manifesto and nothing has been done so far. They had promised to do away with Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) then, but it is still in the freezer. 90 per cent of the promises have not been met.”

Siddaramaiah said “The Contractors’ Association has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the corruption menace, but no action has been taken. Some of the contractors met and expressed their problems. Minister Munirathna is also facing corruption charges.”

On police sub-inspectors (PSI) recruitment exam, the Congress leader, “Home Minister Araga Jnanendra is conveniently saying there is corruption but it is not the case. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai says the accused officials will face the music. The reality is all the ministers are involved in scams.”

“Since independence, the total debt of Karnataka at the time of presentation of the 2018 budget was Rs. 2,42,000 Crore. It was increased to Rs. 5, 40,000 Crore by the end of this year. Rs. 14,000 Crore principal and Rs. 29,000 Crore interest including 43 thousand crore rupees have to be paid. This money is not available for development works. All these are committed expenses. Therefore, there has been a revenue deficit for the last three years. Expenditure is higher than revenue collection. Earlier we used to borrow Rs. 20 to Rs. 22,000 Crore. He explained that the Government has borrowed Rs. 80,000 Crore this year, he said.

Ridiculing Mysuru – Kodagu MP Pratap Simha, he said, “I don’t know if Pratap Simha is telling the truth, he is a common politician. Many have challenged him, including Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson M. Laxman. Let’s discuss with them. What have I done for Mysuru City in 5 years as Chief Minister? Let us debate what Pratap Singh has done as an MP. During my regime as Chief Minister Maharani College, District Hospital, Jayadeva Hospital, Maternity Hospital was developed and Jayachamarajendra Statue was erected in Mysuru. Let Pratap Simha first debate with Lakshman and then come to me.”

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