Cartoon of the Day: Yeddyurappa demands Siddaramaiah to dismantle ACB

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Bengaluru, April 11: Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa who earlier parted ways with the BJP, was on Friday, April 8 appointed as the chief of the state BJP, raising many eyebrows.

On Thursday, April 7, 73-year-old BJP's national vice president Yeddyurappa said that Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will invite more trouble and find himself in a situation where he will be compelled to quit if he refuses to disband the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB).

Cartoonist: Satish Acharya

Yeddyurappa has been leading the BJP's signature campaign against the ACB. On the other hand, Siddaramaiah has undermined the power of the anti-corruption agency--the
Lokayukta.

[No question of withdrawing Anti-Corruption Bureau: Siddaramaiah]

He was quoted saying as to the TNIE, "The BJP will continue the agitation against the ACB and Siddaramaiah will pay a heavy price for his adamant attitude."

The Congress-ruled state government's move of setting up ACB left the Lokayukta as toothless and powerless. [BJP slams Karnataka govt over creation of Anti-Corruption Bureau]

For this, Siddaramaiah was not only slammed by the former Lokayukta justice Santosh Hegde, who termed it a "dangerous trend", but also by senior Congress leader SM Krishna, who slammed the CM.

Although Yeddyurappa, who was embroiled in corruption cases is after Siddaramaiah in dissolving the ACB, the adamant Siddaramaiah has given a loud and clear message to the state legislature that there was no question of dismantling the ACB.

Both BJP and JDS allege that the ACB was an attempt to protect the corrupt and "destabilise" the Lokayukta, set up in Karnataka in 1984 during Ramakrishna Hegde's Chief ministership which is considered an exemplary model.

Announcing the creation of ACB recently, the state government had said that with this new institution, the bureau will be the statutory authority to investigate Prevention of Corruption Act offences.

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