Corruption rampant, don’t know where to begin clean-up: Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy

The 58-year-old said he was scared that he would earn a bad name by running a government that is steeped in corruption.

Published: 12th June 2018 04:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2018 06:34 AM   |  A+A-

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy (File | EPS)

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday acknowledged that corruption was rampant in the state administration and if he tried to cleanse the system at once, he won’t be allowed to be in power. “The rot in the system is so deep that I shudder at the thought of a clean-up and don’t know where to begin,” he said addressing a gathering of Gandhians, which included 100-year-old freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, at Gandhi Bhavan in Bengaluru.

Kumaraswamy said middlemen walked the corridors of Vidhana Soudha and that corruption ruled all three floors of the state secretariat.

Incidentally, his speech on fighting corruption was directed at officials, not the political class. “I will tell officials that there has been enough loot so far. I won’t ask them about how much has been swindled till date but from now on, they should realise the problems that the state and its people are facing,” Kumaraswamy said.

The Chief Minister’s statement on corruption comes days after he remained non-committal on disbanding the Anti-Corruption Bureau, the agency set up by the previous government and blamed for weakening of the Lokayukta, citing compulsions of a coalition arrangement government and the need for discussion with “other members”.

Kumaraswamy said he confided in his father, former Prime Minister Deve Gowda, his fear of running the government. The 58-year-old said he was scared that he would earn a bad name by running a government that is steeped in corruption.

“If I try to uproot it immediately, I won’t be allowed to remain in power even for 2 minutes,” Kumaraswamy said, alleging that transfer of officials is where corruption begins. Throughout his speech, Kumaraswamy spoke about the need to curb corruption and imbibe Gandhian values in governance but spoke nothing of corruption charges against the political class.

Kumaraswamy claimed that land acquisition had been completed in all 30 districts to construct Gandhi Bhavans to promote Gandhian values, a project undertaken by the Siddaramaiah government.

Congress forced CM post on me, says HDK  

Calling himself a “Chief Minister of circumstances”, Kumaraswamy said he never wanted the post but was forced by the Congress to lead the coalition. “I did not want to become Chief Minister. My father also told the Congress, including its central leadership, that I have undergone two heart surgeries. He suggested that someone from their party should be made the CM but the Congress was insistent and forced me to become the Chief Minister,” he said.

Flaying the media for speculating on the stability of the coalition government, Kumaraswamy asked it not to “make up stories”. “There is neither instability nor has governance come to a standstill. As the Chief Minister of the coalition government, I have the capacity to take all MLAs of the Congress into confidence,” he said.

The statement comes in the wake of his meeting with M B Patil, one of the senior Congress leaders miffed over not being accommodated in the cabinet.

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  • Kkp shivan

    Where is the question of you talk about corruption your finger set right first andyou are running govt with congress help indirectly you are commenting on congress if you really want state should be free of corruption you need to follow modiji best prime minister ever produced in india he has vision for his country pl take his advise and proceed
    8 months ago reply
  • Brastachari D. Gouda

    What about the money paid to coalition MLA (especially Congress) to not rock the boat and support the coalition alliance without fail? Also what about the alleged payment of an EMD to get a JD(S) MLA ticket? HDK is no innocent person. He should first start by stopping alleged corruption and bribery in JD(S) and JD(S) elected members of assembly and those who have become ministers.
    8 months ago reply
  • sujan kar

    Kumar swamy has not done corrupution in before 3 years as cm??? oh my god--who has looted Mines and land and all--people did not know?????? congress and and Jds has been looting banglaore in BBMP last 5 years --people did not know??????????????His father when pm only for 6 month but has allocated so many petrol pump of own family people only.
    8 months ago reply
  • KJ Srinivasan

    As a CM he should not have said that I could not control at once and if it was done he will be thrown out. No body can bring corruption level to zero at once. He should be strict enough to do som
    8 months ago reply
  • badri poondi

    Are you pretending to be innocent CMji? It's your political fraternity who had spent a wealth on elections who are the root cause of perpetual corruption in connivance with the equally greedy officials! Your MLAs have to earn the expenses made on their electios besides the greeds of their families and the need for the future election expenses. You will never wipe out corruption through the machinery of corrupt officials and the party men behind them!
    8 months ago reply
  • Keshav Narayan Murthy

    Forget political differences. If you really want to set right things in state Take Modiji's help. Only Modi can guide you on this. No body other than him can help you on this.
    8 months ago reply

    Make every thing online (Digitalisation) and leave little space for officers and minsters to make rooms there
    8 months ago reply
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