‘The BJP has no guts to act against Yeddyurappa’

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy tells KUNAL MAJUMDER that all ministers in the Karnataka Cabinet are only after money

In the past few months, many cases of alleged corruption have surfaced against Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa. Yet, nothing seems to bother him or the BJP. Have you failed as an Opposition to pressurise the government?
As the main Opposition party, we have always exposed the illegalities of Yeddyurappa and his office, even the brazen collection of crores of rupees through cheques. Our duty is to expose with documented proof that mischief was done by the government and we have successfully done that. I don’t want to comment about our law department or high court because I may be charged with contempt. The way in which all government institutions, including the Constitutional institutions, are behaving is appalling. What can one do in that case? Where can we go with our appeal? From whom can we expect proper action and justice? This is the problem in Karnataka. The BJP high command has no guts to take action against Yeddyurappa. He has become the super high command. We are doing our job as a responsible Opposition party.
Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily has said that Lokayukta Santosh Hegde could have done more on tackling corruption in Karnataka. He later withdrew the statement. Do you think he was right in criticising a Constitutional figure?
Instead of commenting on Hegde’s role, I request the law minister to collect proper information about Yeddyurappa from the institutions working under his department.

Read rest of the interview in Tehelka dated April 02, 2011

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