Mangalore, Dec 8, 2010: Remarking that the full form of BJP is not Bharatiya Janatha Party, but Brashta Janara Paksha (party of corrupt people), MLA B. Ramanath Rai said that BJP MLAs are throwing hurdles in the way of the Lokayukta investigation into the recently unearthed land scams. He was delivering a protest speech against BJP atrocities in front of the DC’s office on Dec 8, Wednesday.
Commenting on the Naidu issue, he said that a lot of land has been registered in the names of Naidu’s wife and son, adding that BJP members are involved in making as much money as possible because they are not sure of getting elected next term. Declaring that every MLA in Bangalore owns houses, he said that these corrupt ministers protest against the Lokayukta investigation alleging that Justice Santhosh Hegde is working for the Opposition. Listing out the BJP’s sins, he said that the party’s major sins include accepting commissions for sarees, murding Raghupathi Bhat’s wife, the Halappa case, and the Katta Subramanya Naidu case, including many more. The future will reveal many more unsavory details, he added.
Harikrishna Bantwal said in his address that the BJP, which had promised to give people corruption-free governance, has turned out to be the most corrupt party in the history of Karnataka. He added that the BJP-led state government is the worst of all governments and that the people can never expect anything good from it.
Congress spokesperson M. G. Hegde said that sincere people such as Justice Santhosh Hegde have not been born in the past and will not be born in future too. Urging religious leaders not to support corrupt leaders such as B. S. Yeddyurappa, he said that the duty of religious leaders is to stay away from politics and promote harmony and dharma.
Despite the Congress leaders’ strong statements against corrupt BJP leaders, they seemed to be more interested in publicity and posing for photographs than in fighting against corruption. The protest was scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., but was delayed by almost one hour because the president of the district Congress did not arrive on time. It was also worth noting that those who had arrived for the protest meet appeared discontented and disillusioned, complaining about the poor seating arrangement and the availability of more than 100 chairs on the dais. Ironically, the protest was held under shamiyana.
Congress leader Ivan D’Souza delivered the welcome address. Congress activists such as Vijay Kumar Shetty and MLA Abhayachandra Jain also participated in the protest.