BJP MLC Vishwanath alleges Rs 21,473 crore tender ‘scam’, targets Karnataka CM’s son

Disgruntled BJP legislator A H Vishwanath, who has been demanding that Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa get replaced, on Friday alleged the Irrigation Division has readied a Rs 21,473 crore tender in a rush and with out monetary approval, and termed it a “rip-off”.

He accused Yediyurappa’s son and BJP state unit vice-president B Y Vijayendra of interfering within the functioning of the federal government.

“The tender of over Rs 20,000 crore is prepared within the Irrigation division, which pertains to Bhadra Higher canal undertaking and Cauvery irrigation undertaking. No monetary clearance (from the Finance Division) has been sought, no board assembly happened. It was achieved in a rush,” Vishwanath alleged at a press convention.

He alleged that the intention was to take “kickbacks” from contractors.

“Is that this a contractor-oriented authorities?”

The BJP MLC, who had switched his loyalty from JD(S) to BJP two years in the past, alleged that the “complete state” together with Ministers, had been speaking about Vijayendra’s interference within the administration.

“Which minister is content material right this moment? His (Vijayendra’s) interference is in all of the departments,” Vishwanath charged.

Vishwanath’s assault got here within the midst of a three-day go to of the BJP nationwide normal secretary and Karnataka in cost Arun Singh to the state to carry discussions with MLAs within the backdrop of some legislators searching for Yediyurappa’s substitute.

Singh is collaborating in a gathering of the get together’s core committee on Friday earlier than winding up his go to.

Vishwanath additionally recalled that the Rural Growth and Panchayat Raj Minister Ok S Eshwarappa had earlier this yr approached Governor Vajubhai Vala towards the alleged interference by the Chief Minister within the affairs of his division.

The MLC mentioned Yediyurappa had been to “jail previously resulting from his household”.

“Is it not true that Yediyurappa had been to jail due to his kids? We’re afraid that this time once more he’ll land in jail,” Vishwanath mentioned.

After assembly Singh on Thursday, Vishwanath had demanded that the 78-year previous Yediyurappa get replaced, contemplating his age and alleged interference by his son.

Reacting to the allegations made by Vishwanath on the “rip-off” within the Irrigation division, JD(S) chief and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy instructed reporters in Kolar that “this can be a authorities which believes in loot”.

“This isn’t restricted solely to the Irrigation division. It’s a authorities which believes in loot. I’ve stopped talking about it as a result of in 2008 additionally I had raised the matter with proof however the case couldn’t attain the logical finish”, Kumaraswamy mentioned.

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