Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused the BJP of “brazen corruption” in Karnataka and demanded the sacking of Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai to ensure a fair investigation in the police recruitment scam.
The former Congress president also took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his repeated assertion of not allowing corruption under his watch – “Na khaoonga, na khane dunga” – and asked why he has not taken any action against Mr Bommai.
“BJP’s brazen corruption and ‘Sale of Jobs’ destroyed the dreams of thousands of youth in Karnataka. The CM, who was then HM, must be sacked for any fair investigation,” Mr Gandhi said in a tweet.
“Why hasn’t the PM taken any action? Is this the BJP government’s ‘Sab Khaenge, Sabko Khilaenge’ moment,” he asked.
Mr Gandhi was referring to alleged irregularities in the recruitment of police sub-inspectors in Karnataka. A senior IPS officer has also been held in the scam and remanded in police custody for 10 days.
Chief Minister Bommai said on Monday the government has given a free hand to the CID which has taken action based on the evidence.
“I had already said that however mighty they are, we will take action. Because of our government, a senior officer was arrested,” Mr Bommai told reporters.
Congress general secretary in-charge for Karnataka Randeep Surjewala hit out at Mr Bommai.
“As layers of corruption in PSI scam get unearthed, only two questions need to be answered are – could PSI scam happen without connivance of political masters in BJP? Who was the Home Minister at the time of scam? Answer: Sh. Basavaraj Bommai.” “The responsibility for PSI scam lies at the doorstep of then Home Minister, Sh. Basavaraj Bommai, nothing more – nothing less. Arrest of ADGP is insufficient.
“‘A fair investigation can happen only when Sh. Bommai resigns or is sacked! Youth await justice,” Mr Surjewala said.
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