'Cong, BJP have no right to speak on corruption'

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HD-Kumaraswamy
Hubli, Oct 20: JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said on Friday that neither Congress nor BJP have any moral right to speak on fighting corruption as leaders from both sides were facing corruption charges.

The former Chief Minister of Karnataka said UPA chairperson and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who slammed the state government for rampant corruption during her visit to the state on Thursday, seemed to have forgotten that most states were reeling under severe drought conditions and waiting for relief from the Centre.

He said Sonia Gandhi did not speak on how to mitigate the farmers' plight and was only concerned about the corruption in the state. He also accused the UPA government of supporting BJP's unconstitutional activities in the state and said both the national parties were exploiting the country.

Kumaraswamy also took a dig at current Karnataka CM Jagadish Shettar, the third incumbent since the BJP came to power in 2008, over the latter's words that any harsh word used by former CM BS Yeddyurappa against him was like a blessing to him. He said Shettar should try to win the blessing of the people and not Yeddyurappa.

The JD(S) leader appealed to the state government to probe the alleged Rs 600 crore scam in MGNREGA when Shettar was the minister of RDPR and also irregularities in the construction of Suvarna Vidhan Soudha in Belgaum.

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