BJP government to file defamation case against Kumaraswamy

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Bangalore, Sep 30 (UNI) The BJP government in Karnataka will file a defamation case against its former coalition partner and former Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy, for making 'baseless' corruption charges against Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

Addressing a hurriedly convened a joint press conference, Ministers K S Eswarappa, Aravinda Limbavali, Basavaraja Bommai, R Ashok and Katta Subramanya Naidu refuting the charge made by the JD(S), said nobody in the State Government have received 'kickbacks' for awarding the tender for construction of Housing Complex for Economically Weaker Sections to a private agency as alleged by Mr Kumaraswamy.

Mr Kumaraswamy, speaking at a public meeting had alleged that Mr Yedyurappa had accepted a 'bribe' of Rs 50-crore to allot the tender.

Mr Ashok, who is the Transport minister, strongly defending the state government's decision in awarding multi-crore Housing Complex saying that it was taken on the 'merit' and the allegation made by the former Chief Minsiter, and also the Congress party, was baseless.

He said that BJP Government had taken very serious note of the allegation made by Mr Kumaraswamy, which was aimed to tarnish the image of the BJP government. It was made with malicious intentions, he said.

"The state government has decided to file a defamation suit against the JD(S) leader for his alleged remarks. We have appointed a special public prosecutor to pursue the case," he added.

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