Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Sitaram Yechury, a member of the CPI-M Polit Bureau said, “It"s a very serious indictment and I think during this serious indictment the Chief Minister should not continue in his office."
He added, “We have been saying this earlier, and now our apprehensions have been proved by the Lokayukta"s report. I think there is no moral authority left in the Karnataka Chief Minister to continue in his office."
The Rajya Sabha member put the onus on BJP to clear the mess and said, “We hope the BJP will take this decision, because otherwise its credibility in the fight against corruption is also very severely compromised."
Earlier on Jul 21, Santosh Hegde, the Lokayukta of Karnataka, said he has given “substantive" and “voluminous" evidence against Yeddyurappa in the illegal mining scam which has cost the state exchequer a whopping Rs 1,800 crore in a span of 14 months.
Hegde said, “In the time period of 14 months, it is more than Rs. 1,800 crore. The time period is between March 2009 and May 2010. It is loss to the state exchequer".