Bengaluru: Corona procurement irregularities – Siddaramaiah vows to take on government
Daijiworld Media Network – Bengaluru (SP)
Bengaluru, Aug 3: Former chief minister and leader of the opposition in the assembly, Siddaramaiah, said that the BJP has made his task easy by serving legal notice through the lawyer, for his action in questioning the scandal involving acquisition of health equipment relating to coronavirus treatment.
In a series of tweets, he said that he and other leaders were thinking of approaching the court on the above issue. He said that before they could act, the BJP sent legal notices to them. Therefore, he reasoned that the government will have to provide all documents relating medical equipment purchase. He challenged the BJP to face them in the court.
“I had openly raised the irregularities relating to COVID-19. Thereafter, there was some reduction in the daylight robbery, and the government withheld orders running into crores of rupees relating to COVID-19. The BJP leaders are aggrieved at the fact that I stopped them from indulging in more irregularities. Therefore they are making unsubstantiated allegations against me,” he reasoned.
He recalled that it has been 24 days since the government said that it would deliver at his doorsteps all documents relating to the procurement of coronavirus treatment equipment within 24 hours. “I have not received not even any small information. If the processes were transparent, there was no need for hesitation to provide documents. Compared to other states, coronavirus infection was in control in Karnataka. But now Karnataka appears to be overtaking Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu and aiming to reach the top spot in the infection. If we remain quiet now, it will tantamount to betrayal of the people,” he said.
He noted that when he questions the wrongs, the BJP leaders seek information. “When documents are released, they dismiss them as fake. When they are asked to investigate, they refuse, saying that falsehood need not be investigated. Therefore we plan to alert the people about their wrongs,” he stated.