The BJP in Karnataka has despatched authorized notices to Congress leaders DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah on Friday over what the occasion stated have been “baseless” allegations of corruption within the procurement of medical provides wanted to combat the COVID-19 outbreak within the state.
The BJP has additionally demanded an unconditional apology from Mr Shivakumar, who’s chief of the state unit of the Congress, and Mr Siddaramaiah, who’s Chief of the Opposition and a former Chief Minister.
If an apology, and withdrawal of all allegations, isn’t forthcoming, the BJP discover additional declared, “acceptable authorized motion” can be instituted in opposition to each Congress leaders.
“On one aspect Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah say the federal government was not sharing info regardless of writing twenty letters. When the federal government didn’t share info, the place did you get this determine? Who gave you?” BJP Common Secretary N Ravi Kumar, who filed each notices, demanded of the Congress, in keeping with information company PTI.
“How did they are saying that Rs 4,167 crore has been spent? Our authorities, ministers and Chief Minister have all stated that a lot quantity has not been spent,” N Ravi Kumar stated.
“The allegations are most baseless, irresponsible and much from the reality,” he added, declaring that they had been made with the intention to mislead the folks and malign the picture of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and his authorities.
Mr Shivakumar and Mr Siddaramaiah have been given 15 days to answer the notices.
Final week Mr Siddaramaiah alleged the whole COVID-19-related expenditure of the BJP authorities in Karnataka was Rs 4,167 crore, of which a minimum of Rs 2,000 had been “pocketed” by ministers and officers.
“Misappropriation by Chief Minister of Karnataka and his minsters is greater than Rs 2,000 crore. Inhumane act at a time of pandemic misery. There ought to a judicial enquiry by a sitting excessive courtroom decide and there ought to a dialogue within the meeting,” he wrote in a tweet.
Misappropriation by @CMofKarnataka & his minsters is greater than ₹2,000 Cr. Inhumane act at a time of pandemic misery.
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) July 23, 2020
“Prime Minister’s Workplace has procured ventilators at Rs Four lakh per unit below PM Cares. However solely in our state, the ventilators are procured at Rs 12-Rs 18 lakh per unit. Why can we see such an enormous distinction in worth?” the 71-year-old politician requested.
In response as many as 5 Karnataka ministers stated the general expenditure was solely Rs 2,118 crore, with Rs 1,611 crore meant for reduction measures and Rs 506 crore for buy of medical tools.
Well being Minister B Sriramulu instructed reporters that if corruption was proved “I cannot sit on this chair for even one second – I’ll resign… You (Mr Siddaramiah) will a minimum of inform a lie folks can consider.”
The COVID-19 disaster in Karnataka has been rising extra worrisome over the previous weeks, with 6,128 circumstances reported on Thursday – the most important single-day spike. The earlier largest single-day spike was 5,536 circumstances on July 28. General the state has over 1.18 lakh circumstances, of which 2,230 are deaths and practically 70,000 are energetic infections.
State capital Bengaluru is quickly rising as one of many worst-affected metro cities; of Thursday’s circumstances over 2,200 have been from the city district of town, taking the whole circumstances to just about 54,000.
With enter from PTI