Insight Online News
Bengaluru, Nov 26 : Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said the state government will also probe irregularities in tender processing that took place during the Congress rule.
This statement comes in the wake of Karnataka Cabinet deciding to constitute a committee headed by a retired judge into the tender irregularities. The decision was taken earlier this month.
Subsequent to this, an association of contractors had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that they are made to give around 25-30 percent of the tender amount to elected representatives and others before starting work.
Reacting to it, Bommai said though the letter does not mention any specifics, the government has decided to initiate a probe into their allegations.
He also ridiculed a Congress delegation, led by senior leaders Siddaramaiah and the party’s state chief DK Shivakumar, meeting Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot and urging him to invoke Article 356 and impose President’s rule in the state over “rampant corruption in the state.”
“The Congress demand is ludicrous because all contractors know that it is this party which has good experience in receiving kickbacks for granting contracts. This was also exposed in a recent chat between Congress leaders, a video of which had gone viral on social media,” he said.
In its petition, the Congress said rampant corruption in the state has caused loss of several thousand crores to exchequer and the same has been misused by some ministers, MLAs, MPs and officials.
It also accused the Prime Minister for maintaining silence over rampant corruption amounting to several thousand crores and not taking any action against the Karnataka government.