Karnataka: ‘Quitting Is Not Enough,’ Congress On Contractor Death Row

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The Indian National Congress (INC) leader in Karnataka, staged a protest, demanding the arrest of the former Karnataka State Minister Mr. K.S. Eshwarappa.

The protest came hours after Mr. K.S. Eshwarappa announced to tender his resignation.  Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP,)  Mr. D.K. Shivakumar, a senior INC leader said, “Resignation is not sufficient, and the BJP leader must be arrested immediately in connection with the suicide case of a civil contractor who held Eshwarappa directly responsible for his death”

It is to be noted, that controversy and political agitation erupted in Bengaluru, Karnataka, after a contractor named Mr. Santosh Patil committed suicide.  Mr. K.S. Eshwarappa is the reason behind the death of the contractor.  As per sources, Mr. K.S. Eshwarappa, the Minister for Rural Development, and Panchayat Raj allegedly asked for a 40% commission to pass his contracts and tortured her, following which the Belagavi-based civil contractor Mr. Santosh Patil allegedly committed suicide.  His body was found at a lodge on Tuesday.  After the incident, Santosh’s brother filed a case against the BJP Minister Mr. K.S. Eshwarappa.

Meanwhile, on the 14th of April, Thursday, Mr. K.S. Eshwarappa submitted his resignation and said, “I have worked as the RDPR minister till date under CM (Basavraj) Bommai’s leadership in the government.  I have taken the decision to tender my resignation on Friday evening.  I don’t want to cause embarrassment to my party and party leadership.” 

Mr. D.K. Shivakumar said, “Our struggle won’t stop with his resignation.  The FIR speaks many facts relating to corruption.  He must be booked under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and he must be arrested immediately.”

In addition, Mr. Randeep Singh Surjewala, the General Secretary and in charge for Karnataka, tweeted, “Minister Eshwarappa’s belated resignation is too little, too late. Eshwarappa has to be arrested. Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act must be added to the FIR. High Court-monitored SIT must investigate & file challan. Independent probe of 40% Commission Bommai Govt!”

The protest against the BJP Government demanded strict action against Mr. K.S.Eshwarappa is still continuing in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

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