Bengaluru: Close on the heels of the BJP, which has been targeting the Siddaramaiah government for its “scams,” the Janata Dal (S) came out guns firing on Monday, alleging it was illegally transferring funds meant for the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) department to individual accounts for use in the coming elections.
Speaking to reporters here, state JD(S) president H.D. Kumaraswamy, claimed a similar transfer of funds had taken place during the BJP rule and the swindled money was used in elections then too.
“Now the Congress government has transferred Rs 55 crore to an account belonging to M/s Shaw Exports, Koramangala and in August, Rs 20 crore and Rs 35 crore were transferred from the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL) to the Indian Oversees Bank, Mangaluru. The money was later put into a non- transacting account of Vijaya Bank and then into a private account,” he charged.
“When I first said that thousands of crores were illegally transferred, no one believed me. Later, RDPR Minister, H K Patil himself admitted there was a transfer of funds and promised to investigate the matter. But he has not revealed what action has been taken since,” Mr Kumaraswamy deplored.
Earlier, Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda announced that former Minister, P.G.R. Sindhia would soon become active in the party organisation.
“Our aim is to bring back the party to power in Karnataka and Sindhia and I will later work on the Parliamentary elections,'' he said.
While Mr Sindhia claimed he had not returned to active politics to contest the coming elections, he did not rule out the possibility either, saying he was being offered eight to 10 constituencies to contest the polls from.