Corruption Charges Rock Karnataka Government: H D Kumaraswamy Accuses Congress Of Graft

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Bengaluru, India, 6th August 2023: Accusing the Congress government once again, JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy made strong claims on Saturday regarding corruption in Karnataka’s administration. He alleged that the “transfer-posting business” of officials in the state has been marred by corruption, amounting to over Rs 1,000 crore.

Kumaraswamy, the former chief minister, stated that he possesses documents supporting allegations of irregularities in the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project, which is overseen by Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE). He plans to personally submit these documents to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

According to him, the scale of corruption is difficult to quantify as there have been multiple transfers and posting orders to the same position, leading to significant sums being exchanged. Kumaraswamy emphasized that even officers on the ground have confirmed such corrupt practices.

One surprising revelation he made was that a minister, despite having significant wealth, allegedly demanded Rs 10 to 15 lakh for postings in a department, which shocked Kumaraswamy.

Regarding the NICE issue, the JD(S) leader expressed his intention to seek an appointment with the Prime Minister to present evidence of illegal activities associated with the project.

Kumaraswamy responded to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s labelling of him as a “hit-and-run” personality by clarifying that he raises issues with sincerity and purpose. He asserted that the Congress party has been the one indulging in “hit-and-run” tactics in the state, citing their previous accusations against the BJP government without providing any evidence.

On the previous day, Kumaraswamy had accused the Congress government of widespread corruption, with a minister allegedly demanding a certain percentage from contractors in his department. He also mentioned that officers in the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) were instructed to collect a massive sum of Rs 250 crore to be delivered to Delhi.

Recently, Kumaraswamy and BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai had jointly urged the Congress government to take over the NICE project and initiate a judicial inquiry into the matter, alleging violations of the “framework agreement” by NICE during the implementation of the BMIC project.