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Congress slams Advani over support to Yeddyurappa


October 24, 2011 - New Delhi

The Congress Party on Monday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani over his statement in which he cautioned former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa.

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said that Advani's statement only affirms the fact that senior BJP leadership was aware of Yeddyurappa's misdoings. "It is unfortunate, that on one side Mr. Advani is taking out a chariot procession against corruption and on the other side he is saying that he had advised Yeddyurappa to be extremely cautious. What does this mean? Why did he not take any action? What kind of advise was he giving to Yeddyurappa, in which he asked the former state chief to be so cautious? What kind of battle is it against corruption?" he said.

Advani had earlier said Yeddyurappa had to lose his chair because he did not heed to cautions.

Yeddyurappa was arrested after a special Lokayukta Court rejected his anticipatory bail on October 15 and issued an arrest warrant against him.

The Lokayukta court had on October 15 remanded Yeddyurappa to judicial custody till October 22 in cases relating to alleged irregularities in denotification of government lands.

Former Lokayukta Santosh Hegde's independent inquiry into mining graft in Karnataka, accused Yeddyurappa and other key officials for causing a loss of at least 160 billion rupees to the state exchequer between 2006 and 2010 from illegal mining and a series of abuses. Alvi also mocked at the supposed infighting and commotion inside the BJP over the party's next prime ministerial candidate. "There is no sense in such comments made by Mr. Advani. In times, when there is not even a remote chance of coming to power despite that there is infighting as to who would be the party's next prime ministerial candidate; it does not really matter who is number two or three," said Alvi. Alvi also commented on the alleged rape and assault cases of women in Uttar Pradesh's Bhatta Parsaul village, the issue earlier raised by Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi. "This is the same battle that Rahul Gandhi has fought in Bhatta Parsaul and when Rahulji had said that women had been assaulted then many political parties got perturbed. Today the court has today only justified that statement made by Rahulji," said Alvi.

Seven women had complained of police atrocities, including rape, when the police raided their village after a clash between the district administration and the villagers over land acquisition on May 7. In May this year, the twin villages of Bhatta-Parsaul witnessed violent clashes between the police and farmers, who protested against the land acquisition policies of the Uttar Pradesh Government.

ANI

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