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4 senior ministers may have to quit soon over graft: Yeddyurappa

3:52 PM, Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
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B S YeddyurappaShivamogga: State BJP president B S Yeddyurappa said on Monday that three to four senior ministers might have to resign over the next 15 days for their involvement in the steel bridge, Yettinahole project and money laundering scams, totally worth Rs around 5,000 crore.

Speaking to journalists at the party office here, he said S C Jayachandra, chief project officer of State Highways Project, now in the custody of Enforcement Directorate, had revealed that he had given crores of rupees to a senior minister, who is a close aide of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Public Works Minister H C Mahadevappa is preparing to seek anticipatory bail on December 13, the former chief minister said.

“It is the duty of the chief minister to inform people about the money received by the minister. But, Siddaramaiah is trying to shield the corrupt ministers,” he said.

Referring to the steel flyover project in Bengaluru, Yeddyurappa said that the L&T company contractor had admitted during investigation that he had given a kickback of Rs 500 crore to a close aide of the chief minister.

“Who is the minster? Siddaramaiah should clarify this,” Yeddyurappa said.

He said the government had released Rs 14,000 crore for the implementation of the controversial Yettinahole project. “Even before the commencement of the work, pipes have been purchased in a haste.

“The contractor concerned has admitted that he had given a huge sum of money to a
senior minister. The chief minister may also have received his share in the kickback. If Siddaramaiah is honest, he should reveal the names of the corrupt ministers,” he said.

K S Eshwarappa’s participation in the Sangolli Rayanna Brigade convention, he said the party’s central leaders would take action against him.

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