PM at­tacks K’taka govt over cor­rup­tion

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Nation - Vikram Gopal vikram.gopal@hin­dus­tan­

DAVANAGERE: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Tues­day called the Sid­dara­ma­iah-led state gov­ern­ment a “seedha rupaiya sarkar”, say­ing noth­ing moved in the state with­out pay­ing com­mis­sion.

The Prime Min­is­ter was ad­dress­ing a farm­ers’ con­ven­tion to mark the 75th birth an­niver­sary of for­mer chief min­is­ter and state BJP pres­i­dent BS Yed­dyu­rappa, who has been named the party’s chief min­is­te­rial can­di­date in the up­com­ing state polls, sched­uled to be held in May.

“This gov­ern­ment might be called the Sid­dara­ma­iah gov­ern­ment, but in re­al­ity it is a seedha rupaiya (cash up­front) sarkar where ev­ery­thing is done with seedha rupaiya,” Modi said.

Modi said the state gov­ern­ment was only in­ter­ested in keep­ing its lead­ers in New Delhi happy and giv­ing crumbs to those who were un­happy.

“No sit­ting min­is­ter has been raided be­fore. Bun­dles of notes and di­aries are found. What is this if not seedha rupaiya sarkar? This gov­ern­ment should not be al­lowed to con­tinue for a sin­gle minute,” he added.

Modi also at­tacked the gov­ern­ment for not us­ing cen­tral funds and said all the money re­leased by the Cen­tre was mak­ing its way to Congress party func­tionar­ies. “Every per­son is an­gry with it (the state gov­ern­ment). This is prob­a­bly the most anger any gov­ern­ment has faced,” Modi said.

On the oc­ca­sion, the BJP also launched a new pro­gramme called the ‘Mushti Dhanya Ab­hiyana’, un­der which a fist­ful of rice will be col­lected from farm­ers and a feast will be held at the taluk level for their fam­i­lies.

As the PM launched a blis­ter­ing at­tack on Sid­dara­ma­iah and the Kar­nataka gov­ern­ment over cor­rup­tion, Ran­deep Singh Sur­je­w­ala, com­mu­ni­ca­tions chief of the Congress, hit back at the BJP over the PNB fraud.

“Who is re­spon­si­ble for this pub­lic loot of money? We want to ask the PM on be­half of the coun­try to break his maun vrat, to break his si­lence and speak out, an­swer ques­tions of the peo­ple of the coun­try,” he told at a press con­fer­ence in Ben­galuru.

State law min­is­ter TB Jay­achan­dra also crit­i­cised PM’s choice of words.

“This is a base­less, clue­less al­le­ga­tion,” he said. re­al­ity it is a seedha rupaiya (cash up­front) sarkar where ev­ery­thing is done with seedha rupaiya. NAREN­DRA MODI, prime min­is­ter

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