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BJP is unable to raise money because virtually certainly lose 5 state elections: CM Siddaramaiah

Siddaramaiah claimed that after Madal Virupakshappa was arrested for accepting large payments and sentenced to prison, BJP officials carried him out of jail on their shoulders. But as a result of the money discovered at the home of a certain private contractor, they are now requesting our resignations. Has the BJP any moral principles?

Siddaramaiah, the chief minister of Karnataka, lashed out at the BJP on Wednesday, saying that the IT and ED raids are being carried out to use blackmail to extract money from wealthy businessmen and contractors because the party is unable to raise money as it once did and is almost certain to lose the upcoming five state elections. The CM alleged that the J P Nadda-led party is already searching for weak justifications to explain its crushing defeat in the approaching elections after the BJP and its leaders accused the Congress administration he led of corruption.

He was responding to the BJP’s claim that commission money was collected at the request of the ruling Congress in Karnataka to support the party for elections in five states, and that crores of rupees were retrieved from contractors during recent IT department searches.

“The BJP is not able to raise money as effectively as it formerly did because it is practically inevitable that they will lose both the forthcoming five state elections and the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Additionally, its greatest source of 40% commission in Karnataka has suddenly dried up. As a result, IT-ED attacks are carried out to extort money from wealthy contractors and businessmen, according to a post on ‘X’ by Siddaramaiah.

According to the CM, given recent political developments, the BJP is likely to lose the five state assemblies elections. The party is therefore already searching for weak justifications for why it lost. The BJP may issue a statement the day after the election claiming that the Congress party’s financial strength is the reason we lost.

The Chief Minister added that between March 2018 and January 2023, Rs 12,008 crore in electoral bonds were sold, of which Rs 5,272 crore belonged to the BJP. This information demonstrates which party is involved in stealing money for its electoral politics.

Was this money given voluntarily by the businessmen? Or, was it blackmail?” he questioned.

Siddaramaiah claimed that after Madal Virupakshappa was arrested for accepting large payments and sentenced to prison, BJP officials carried him out of jail on their shoulders. But as a result of the money discovered at the home of a certain private contractor, they are now requesting our resignations. Has the BJP any moral principles?

He claimed that the state’s history of corruption scandals is dominated by the images of BJP politicians.

A number of state-level BJP leaders, including former chief minister B S Yediyurappa, ministers G Janardhana Reddy, Katta Subrahmanya Naidu, and Krishnaiah Shetty, former legislator Sampangi, and leader Virupakshappa, have all been imprisoned on corruption-related accusations. The state’s citizens are aware of this and are making fun of those who accuse us of corruption, according to the chief minister.

Basavaraj Bommai, a former chief minister, and the state’s BJP president, Nalin Kumar Kateel, were allegedly involved in the Bitcoin scam, according to Siddaramaiah, who also claimed that former BJP ministers K S Eshwarappa, Muniratna, K Sudhakar, and B C Patil were accused of demanding 40% commission.

“BJP leaders Dr. Ashwath Narayan, B. Y. Vijayendra, and Araga Jnanendra are accused of taking part in the PSI recruiting scam. The election ticket fraud case names BJP leaders B L Santosh, Sunil Kumar, and C T Ravi. The fact that they are all accusing us of corruption is absurd, he remarked.

“It is amusing to see ex-minister Eshwarappa, who was allegedly the reason behind the suicide of a contractor, and Yediyurappa, who has been jailed over corruption allegations, pontificating on the issue of corruption now,” he said.

The CM stated that it is ironic that these BJP officials are discussing corruption today after having “looted money” from corporations and turning the nation over to “the king of corporate corruption Adani”.

“The total amount involved in each of tycoon Gautam Adani’s frauds exceeds lakhs of crores of rupees. The theft of tens of thousands of crores of rupees is not being held accountable. Even one of the innumerable queries posed by the Congress party in this regard has gone unanswered by the BJP leaders, particularly (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi.

 

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