Cong, JD (S) sue BJP government over death of contractor in K’taka | Bengaluru

Hours after the body of a contractor – who had previously accused the Minister of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) KS Eshwarappa of demanding bribes for the road works he had done – was found in a lodge in the Udupi- district, erupted into a major political quarrel in the state with the opposition parties demanding the dismissal of the minister, calling the case a “murder” and not a “suicide”.

In response to the death, the chairman of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) DK Shivakumar said on Tuesday in a Twitter post that “it is a murder, not a suicide.” He went on to say: “If the BJP is ashamed, they will arrest the minister immediately.”

In his obituary, the victim had shared a WhatsApp message that the minister held responsible for his death. HT has seen a photo of this post but could not verify its authenticity independently.

The Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) or JD (S) also intensified their attack on the Basavaraj Bommai-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government which was accused of raising commissions or bribes up to 40% of the total value of the project to receive final payments for public works.

Shivakumar said widespread corruption and polarization also affected investor sentiment, and directly affected employment and wealth creation in the state.

I demand a direct time-bound forensic investigation into the alleged “suicide”. A businessman who publicly claimed that BJP leaders and ministers were asking for bribes has been found dead dead. board, “he added.

“The ease of doing business in Karnataka is such that private companies do not want to invest in the state. This is one of the reasons why we have high unemployment. Job creators are overwhelmed by the BJP demands for corruption,” he added. in a series of tweets.

“He was a BJP worker. He got a job doing road work from the RDPR department. He died by suicide and said in a WhatsApp message that Eswarappa is directly responsible for his death. After doing so “It is an indictment. What more evidence is needed? He said Eshwarappa was immediately responsible and died,” said opposition leader Siddaramaiah on Tuesday. He added that a case under 302 (murder) is being laid against Eshwarappa and that the minister is being dismissed and arrested.

Congress has even demanded the dismissal of Bommai. While Bommai said the police would conduct an in-depth and transparent investigation, a defiant KS Eswarappa refused to resign from the cabinet, insisting that he was not at fault and that he himself had filed a defamation suit against the deceased after claiming that the RDPR had demanded 40% commission for some works.

“Earlier when an officer took his own life, did Siddaramaiah resign?” Bommai countered while talking to the media in Mangaluru.

Bommai referred to a deputy police superintendent who died by suicide on July 7, 2017, hours after he appeared on a local Kannada TV news channel, accusing then-Interior Minister KJ George and two other senior police officers of overloading and holding them. responsible for his death His suicide had led to widespread protests by the BJP, then the main opposition party, against the congressional government under Siddaramaiah.

Siddaramaiah had initially defended his cabinet colleague, but was later forced to resign after an FIR was submitted by the deceased family. The case was later handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) – an agency under the state government – which provoked sharp reactions from the public and political parties. Three months on (September 25, 2016), George was re-elected to the Cabinet after the CID gave him and the two senior police officials a clear voice in their report, drawing sharp criticism from civic groups and political parties.

“I just know he (the contractor) died by suicide, but I do not know why he took such an extreme step. It is said that he wrote a letter with the name of a minister, but the truth of this matter would “Whether it’s a team from within the BJP to finish Eshwarappa or who really has a role to play in this. The truth must come out,” said former Prime Minister HD Kumaraswamy. “I had read in a newspaper that he was a BJP worker. If they (government) can not protect their own workers, then who else can protect them,” the JD (S) leader said.

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