New Delhi, Nov 12: Lashing out at the BJP over the transfer of a senior Lokayukta official in Karnataka who was probing cases against former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, Congress on Friday asked it why there was a huge gap between “what they preach and what they implement”.
“The probe that is taking place was not only against Yeddyurappa and his family members but against a number of other ministers as well. The BJP government in Karnataka is trying to subvert and derail the investigation,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.
“BJP has to answer why there is such a huge gap between what they preach and what they implement,” he added.
Tewari was reacting to Karnataka government's decision yesterday transferring Jeevan Kumar V Gaonkar, who was serving as Additional Director General of Police, state Lokayukta. Taunting the BJP for “chasm” in its words and action on corruption, the Congress spokesperson said that while on one hand is Advani's “sanctimonious” yatra against corruption, on the other hand “embarrassing” incidents are happening in every BJP-ruled state.
Karnataka is not the isolated case and corruption also took place in BJP-ruled Uttarakhand and Akali Dal-BJP ruled Punjab, where a senior police officer was summarily transferred under similar circumstances, he alleged. Tewari also dismissed BJP's criticism of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calling his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani as a “man of peace” saying “consistent” attempts had been made by India during the period of former Prime Ministers I K Gujral, Atal Behari Vajpayee and now under Manmohan Singh to engage Pakistan.
He said Singh's hailing the Pakistani Premier does not mean the UPA government and Congress have retracted from the stand that it is Pakistan's responsibility to ensure punishment to conspirators of Mumbai attacks.