Bommai rejects opposition’s demand for resignation
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday rejected the Congress demand for his resignation. The opposition party had demanded the chief minister’s resignation following the recovery of Rs 8.23 crore from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Madal Veerupakshappa’s son Prashant Kumar MV. Bommai said the Congress had no work to do but seek his resignation. Hitting out at former chief minister Siddaramaiah, Bommai said there were 59 corruption cases which could not be investigated as he had weakened the institution of Lokayukta by dividing it and created the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
Talking to reporters here, he said his government has given independence to the Lokayukta which has made a fair investigation possible. The Chief Minister said, “The opposition has no other work to do other than demanding my resignation. I would like to ask Siddaramaiah whether he resigned from the post of chief minister when a minister took a bribe of Rs 2 lakh.” He also said that if there was a strong Lokayukta in the state then that minister would have been arrested. Bommai said his government has waged a war against corruption and no one will be spared, irrespective of political party affiliation.