Kumaraswamy dares Congress to 'unearth' lapses

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Bangalore, Dec 16 (UNI) Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today challenged the Congress to bring out lapses, if any, during his 20-month-rule in the state.

Addressing newspersons here, Mr Kumaraswamy, who turned 49 today, asked the Congress to go by its promise and constitute a five-member 'fact-finding committee' to ''unearth'' the lapses during his regime.

''The Congress will not face any problem to access any information as the state is under the Governor's rule,'' he said.

Claiming that as a Chief Minister he had not taken any decision violating the rules and procedure, he said ''if the Congress leaders have any charges against his government, they should come out with proof and present it before the public immediately.'' Mr Kumaraswamy also took exception to the corruption charges levelled against him by the BJP leaders on the mining issue in Bellary district.

''If the JD(S) was corrupt, why did the BJP seek its support to form the government,'' he asked.

Condemning BJP MP Ananthkumar's statement that the JD(S) leaders had no ''face'' to face the people, he said ''he will answer his doubts when the JD(S) begins its 'meet the people' programme in Bidar from January first.'' UNI MV RS SY HT1738

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