The Congress wants to come back to power only to cover up cases of corruption involving its leaders, said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
Speaking to presspersons at Balehonnur in N.R. Pura taluk of Chikkamagaluru district, Mr. Bommai said the Congress had been staging protests and demanding his resignation as part of their efforts to assume power and cover up their cases. “The people have not forgotten the crimes and corruption the Congress leaders were involved in. As many as 59 cases related to the previous Congress government have been referred to the Lokayukta, and the truth will come out,” he said.
Reacting to the Congress party’s demand for his resignation over the arrest of BJP MLA Madal Virupakshappa’s son by the Lokayukta police, Bommai wanted to know whether Siddaramaiah had resigned when Puttarangashetty, then minister, was caught with a bribe of ₹25 lakhs in Vidhana Soudha. “If a strong Lokayukta existed then, the minister would have been arrested. They weakened the Lokayukta institution to cover up such cases,” he said.
Asked about the inauguration of Shivaji statue at Raigad by Congress leaders, Mr. Bommai said the statue was installed by the government and had been formally inaugurated. “After the formal inauguration, anyone can visit the place. If they inaugurate it again, it shows their hunger for power and frustration,” he said.
The CM was in Balehonnur to take part in the Renukacharya Jayanti programme at Rambhapuri Mutt. Former Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa was honoured with Renukacharya Prashasti on the occasion.