BJP got mutts’ blessings, now takes bribes from them: Congress

Governance Karnataka politics

KPCC general secretary S. Manohar on April 25 accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of corruption and asked him to disclose the amount of bribe collected in the 30 per cent and 40 per cent scams under the BJP government.

Participating in a protest against BJP at Congress Bhavan, he said: “The same government that got blessings from mutts before coming to power is now asking a 30 per cent commission from the mutts for grants to be passed.”

He called the BJP government in Karnataka dead and said it was time it went. The police sub-inspector examination scam should bring the end of the government.

The protest saw a group of 25 Congress workers sitting in front of the Gandhi statue at Congress Bhavan, chanting “BJP should go down, corruption-filled BJP should go down”.

They held colourful placards that said: “In the illegal appointment under the PSI scam, home minister, are you a part?” and “Having taken money from mutts, the BJP government has cheated them”. Another set of placards said: “BJP government should be immediately dismissed, corruption in even releasing funds for mutts and religious centres”.

Two men in the front row donned don masks resembling Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Home Minister Araga Jnanendra.

K.P Naveen Chandra, KPCC Coordinator, said: “One reason behind today’s protest is the PSI scam in which the home minister is involved. Another reason is that the government is demanding a 30 per cent commission from mutts to pass grants for them. In the Santosh Patil case, they asked for a 44 per cent commission which made him commit suicide.”    

The BJP government has been collecting as much money as possible by taking commissions, he alleged.          

Regarding the alleged PSI scam, J. Puktaraju, a Congress activist, said: “In the sub- inspector exam, those who scored 90-100 marks haven’t got jobs but those with 20 marks got jobs by paying money. BJP leader Divya Hagaragi is responsible for the scam; her husband Rajesh Hagaragi has been arrested in connection with the scam.”    

The CID is currently probing the PSI exam scam.

Divya Hagaragi, the BJP women’s wing leader wanted in the case, is untraceable. She is the President of the Jnana Jyothi English Medium School, one of the exam centres where irregularities were reported.    


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