Indian Congress attacks BJP over corruption in Karnataka

08:02, May 30, 2011      

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The Indian Congress party Sunday attacked the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over their leader Sushma Swaraj washing her hands off induction of mining czars, Reddy brothers, of Karnataka as ministers.

"The Neros of Bharatiya Janata Party fiddle in New Delhi while Karnataka burns," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.

The Reddy brothers are involved in several criminal cases in Bellary in Karnataka.

"Sushma Swaraj's assertions once again underscore the fundamental reality of BJP that money talks and Karnataka Chief Minister Yeddyurappa and Reddy brothers walk," he stated.

"While Karnataka burns with corruption, the Neros of BJP fiddle in Delhi. It does not require any imagination to find out from where the fiddle came. It definitely came from Karnataka where the Bellary brothers rule," he added in reference to the historical story of Roman Emperor Nero playing harp while Rome burnt.

Meanwhile, Swaraj has maintained that the decision to give cabinet berths to Janardhan and Karunakar Reddy was taken by BJP leader Arun Jaitley, in his capacity as Karnataka party in-charge, and senior leaders M. Venkaiah Naidu and Ananth Kumar.

She maintained that she had not acted as the protector of the Reddy brothers and had "no role in the political making" of the mining barons.

She emphasized that she was opposed to three members of a family finding berths in the cabinet.

The third Reddy brother Somashekhar has a ministerial status.

Source: Xinhua
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