He says let Kumaraswamy contain corruption if it has come to his notice
A day after Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy spoke about rampant corruption in the Vidhana Soudha, the former Chief Minister and chairman of the coalition government’s coordination panel Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said the issue of corruption in the State Secretariat had not caught his eye.
He asked Mr. Kumaraswamy to take take steps to end corruption if he found it in the State Secretariat. “If it has come to the notice of Mr. Kumaraswamy, let him contain it,” said Mr. Siddaramaiah.
On Monday, while addressing a function at the Gandhi Bhavan in Bengaluru, Mr. Kumaraswamy said middlemen walk in the corridors of the Vidhana Soudha and corruption rules all three floors of the State Secretariat. “If I try to cleanse the system at once, I won’t be allowed to be in power,” the Chief Minister had said.
Mr. Siddaramaiah, who visited Mysuru for the first time after the Legislative Assembly election results, told reporters that he had not come across corruption, as mentioned by Mr. Kumaraswamy, in the Vidhana Soudha when he was at the helm of affairs. He said Mr. Kumaraswamy was now telling that he had come across corruption in the Vidhana Soudha. He (Mr. Kumaraswamy) has now the authority to eliminate it if at all he has seen it.
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Krishna Byre Gowda, apparently defending Mr. Kumaraswamy’s comment, said corruption was rampant at all levels of the administration. It was extremely difficult to eliminate corruption and provide corruption-free administration, he said.