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Rahul tears into Karnataka govt on graft issue

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Rahul tears into Karnataka govt on graft issue
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Congress’s Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi addressed a public rally at Bellary in Karnataka as part of Bharat Jodo Yatra which has so far completed 1,000km.

Bellary (Karnataka): Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi addressed a public rally after completing 1,000 km of 3, 3500-km of Bharat Jodo Yatra in Bellary, Karnataka, on Saturday. The Congress leader tore into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led regime in Karnataka and called it anti-Dali and alleged it is a “40% commission” government.

Rahul Gandhi alleged that there had been a 50% rise in atrocities against Dalits. Thousands of party workers and people gathered at the municipal ground where the rally was held. Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai and the BJP leadership have, however, dismissed such allegations of bribery.

The Congress has made corruption in Karnataka an election issue. A contractor Santosh Patil committed suicide accusing the then rural development and Panchayat Raj Minister K Eshwarappa that he had demanded 40% commission. In the aftermath of charges of corruption, the minister resigned from the post. The Congress also launched a “Pay CM campaign.”

Rahul Gandhi also alleged that a sum of Rs 8,000 crore meant for launching welfare schemes of Dalits had been diverted. The Congress also referred to the irregularities in recruitment of police sub-inspectors. Many people were arrested in connection with the scam and the examination was cancelled after the scam had come to light. This is the reason that the Karnataka government is called 40% commission government, Rahul Gandhi said, adding that there had been graft in the cooperative banks and in appointment of assistant professors.

According to Rahul Gandhi, the BJP did not wish to give special status to the former Hyderabad-Karnataka region, which is known as Kalyana Karnataka.

Nevertheless, the Congress government gave special status to the region under the 371-J of the Constitution, he said, adding that the youth got jobs and admission in institutions, including medical and engineering colleges, imparting professional education.

He said that the people had been caught between rising prices and unemployment and the government was keeping a stoic silence on both these issues.

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