BANGALORE: Accusing the state government of indulging in ‘give and take’ favours, Union Minister for Corporate Affairs M Veerappa Moily alleged that the BJP was trying to obtain the support of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK by helping her.
Commenting on the resignation of Advocate General B V Acharya, who was also the special public prosecutor (SPP) dealing with the disproportionate assets case of Jayalalithaa, he said, “This means tha there is a quid pro quo between Jayalalithaa and the BJP.” Acharya had allegedly quit due to pressure from the state government, after he was alleged to have held two positions.
“The BJP was doing its maximum to ensure that Acharya did not continue as SPP,” Moily said, while praising Acharya for retaining the post of SPP and wanting to carry forward the case.
Branding the BJP as “shameless” he said that such interference should be condemned. He, however, clarified that it was upto the courts to look into the matter. Moily added that the BJP had shown no interest in appointing a Lokayukta for the state. He accused them of posting police officers “who oblige corruption”, and will give a clean chit to corruption. “It is good that Justice Bannurmath withdrew his nomination for the post.”
On the BJP’s delaying tactics to appoint a chief justice for the post, Moily countered: “They sabotaged the Lokpal Bill in Parliament as well.”
‘Leaders Become Politicians’
Commenting on the Election Commission’s notice to Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid over his announcement of sub-quotas during an election rally in Uttar Pradesh, Moily said, “Some times as political leaders we give statements as politicians and not leaders (ministers).” He added that Khurshid would reply appropriately to the notice.