HUBLI: BJP national general secretary and MP Ananth Kumar said that his party deals with corruption charges with utmost seriousness. Anybody facing corruption charges, whoever he/she may be, will not hold any post till absolved of all the charges, he stated.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his visit to Hubli on Sunday, Ananth Kumar claimed that there has not been any example of a person holding party posts despite being charged of corruption. “Former party president Bangaru Laxman, who had been accused of corruption, resigned immediately from his post. Even Yeddyurappa’s case was akin to that. He had to resign following charges against him. The high command will decide once the former CM is acquitted of all charges,” the MP said.
Referring to Sonia’s visit on Saturday, he said that Mrs Gandhi visited the state with the intention of reviving the state Congress. “Drought was just a pretext for her to visit the state. She would have announced respite in the form of assistance to the state, if she was really concerned over the plight of the people here,” said Ananth Kumar. However, he was of the opinion that the state Congress will not benefit from Sonia’s visit.
Answering to a query on reported differences among party leaders, the MP said, “There are no differences among the leaders. In case if there are any, the matter will be looked into by the senior leaders in the party,” he said.
Praising the state government led by CM D V Sadananda Gowda, he said that the government was doing extremely well on all fronts. But, the Centre has been showing step-motherly attitude towards the state and has failed in extending helping hand in the wake of drought in the state, he alleged.
An all-party delegation scheduled to visit Delhi on May 2, will meet the Prime Minister to explain the drought condition in the state, he said.