Siddaramaiah: People want Karnataka CM to step down, says Congress leader Siddaramaiah | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Opposition leader Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said the people of Karnataka want chief minister B S Yediyurappa to step down from his post after his name has featured in the denotification case and Supreme Court has allowed the investigations to continue.
Speaking on the motion to submit the vote of thanks to the governor Vajubhai Vala, Siddaramaiah raised the issue of Karnataka’s CM being named in the 26 acres industrial land denotification case of 2011 along with mines and geology minister Murugesh Nirani.
“When the state CM, B S Yediyurappa and Karnataka minister Murugesh Nirani are named in a denotification case, as accused number 2 and accused number 1 respectively, and no stay has been given for the investigation against them, people would expect them to take moral responsibility and step down,” said Siddaramaiah.
With Yediyurappa himself not in the house, having participated in the Aero Show at Yelahanka, law and parliamentary affairs minister Basavaraj Bommai defended the CM and said there was no need for the Congress to raise an issue that is sub-judice and pending investigation.
“The opposition leader is digressing into the details of the case and it is best that he avoid it. Further, the case against the CM is only a private complaint and most of us MLAs in public life face such a situation one time or the other. As in the opinion of former prime minister Manmohan Singh, while taking administrative decisions to run the nation or state, such complaints against public representatives have become a norm rather than an exception,” said Bommai.
However, adding sarcasm to their demand, Siddaramaiah and Congress senior leader Ramesh Kumar said they were the well wishers of CM Yediyurappa and truly wanted him to continue at the helm for the remainder of his tenure.
“However, the people of the state are questioning the morality behind remaining as CM when even the SC has found merit in allowing investigations to continue against him,” said Siddaramaiah.
Speaker Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri then decided to intervene and urged Siddaramaiah to continue with the rest of his speech rather than focus only on the court case against the CM.
Earlier, Siddaramaiah criticised Yediyuappa and the BJP government for breaking promises.
“It is an inherent quality of the BJP to break their promises. Time and again this has been proved with none of its manifesto promises being implemented in the last two years of them coming to power illegally,” said Siddaramaiah adding that Yediyurappa and the BJP were busy collecting money to buy the MLAs to come to power and having none to spare for administration.

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