Development Minister George's issue to heat up winter session
BENGALURU: Death of Dy SP MK Ganapathy is likely to rock the winter session of state legislature starting in Belagavi on November 13. Opposition BJP has decided to go aggressive on its demand for the resignation of Bengaluru Development minister KJ George in the backdrop of CBI filing an FIR against the minister in the case related to alleged suicide of Ganapathy.
“The issue would be raised during the first session itself and Siddaramaiah government would face the heat till the Chief Minister removes George from the ministry,” leader of the opposition in Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar said here on Friday. Ganapathy had expressed threat to his life from George, who was the Home Minister then and two senior police officers, before he allegedly committed suicide in a lodge in Madikeri.
“Ganapathy’s statement before his death should be considered as dying declaration and evidence against George’s role in the alleged suicide of Ganapathy,” Shettar demanded.Shettar asked Siddaramaiah to seek George’s resignation on moral grounds as the Supreme Court had ordered the CBI to register an FIR against George, who had earlier got a clean chit from CID. “Continuation of George in the ministry could hamper fair investigation as he could restrain police officers from furnishing necessary evidences,” Shettar said. He has also demanded Congress to recall AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal from his post as the party in-charge of Karnataka in the backdrop of his name figuring in Justice Sivarajan Commission report on Solar Scam in Kerala.
BJP rubbishes claims over investments in state
Minister for Industries and Commerce, RV Deshpande came under attack from Shettar for his claims of Karnataka topping the list of states in drawing investment proposals at `1.47 lakh crores between the period January and September 2017. “Out of the `1.47 lakh cores, only projects involving investment of just `8,934 crore has been approved, and so far not even one project has been implemented,” Shettar said.