Purported claim by ex-minister raises political storm


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Bangalore, Mar 13 (PTI) A video footage in which former minister B Sreeramulu purportedly claimed to have spent Rs 200 crore for forming the first ever BJP government in the south in Karnataka has surfaced, raising a political storm with opposition Congress and JDS demanding a probe into the issue. In the footage, telecast by regional news channels, Sreeramulu, who has since quit the BJP, is seen conversing with a Mutt head claiming he had also spent Rs 6-10 crore for six months in a row to strengthen BJP party allegedly on then chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s request.

BJP leaders were unavailable for comment, but Sreeramulu, a close associate of mining barons and Bellary brothers G Janardhana Reddy and G Karunakara Reddy, denied discussing money with the pontiff. "I visited the swamiji to extend an invitation. Can I discuss money with the pontiff?" said Sreeramulu, who launched a two-day fast in Gadag demanding replies from the BJP government on the reasons for backwardness of north Karnataka region.

However, Opposition leaders pressed for a CBI inquiry into the issue. State JDS President H D Kumaraswamy demanded CBI probe and accused Yeddyurappa of encouraging illegal mining by accepting money from Bellary mining barons.

Making a similar demand, veteran Congress leader C K Jaffer Sherif said the court and people should take note of the conversation and act accordingly. Union Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily said the video footage had exposed BJP’s "corruption" and demanded a probe into the issue. Former KPCC President R V Deshpande also demanded that Sreeramulu throw light on the money trail.


Comments on this Article
Oswine, Dubai Wed, March-14-2012, 7:38
Excellent comment by Jossey, hope people will follow this
Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/ Mumbai Wed, March-14-2012, 7:16
We the educated can read, write and understand who is corrupt but what about the 70% illiterate population of Karnataka who will still vote looking at pictures of their leaders giving millions of these looted funds to temples and shrines. My humble appeal to all – Please vote but remember to take along with you all your family, friends, enemies and neighbors, to the polling booth. Let’s make our Karnataka COMMUNAL FREE.
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