The state Congress on Friday came to the defence of AICC general secretary K C Venugopal in the wake of the Opposition BJP demanding an explanation over the latter’s alleged involvement in the Kerala solar scam.
The Kerala government has ordered a vigilance probe against several Congress leaders in connection with the scam. This includes Venugopal, against whom Saritha S Nair, the prime accused in the solar scam, has levelled a sexual abuse charge. Venugopal has been in-charge of the party’s affairs in Karnataka since May.
“Venugopal had asked the lady to furnish proof to back her allegations, which she did not. Hence, this is just politically motivated,” Rao told reporters. “The scam created ripples in Kerala when it surfaced. Then, an enquiry committee was formed and it submitted its report. The matter is before the court now,” he added.
Rao also hit out at the BJP-led Centre over its plan to shift the CRPF centre in Taralu on the outskirts of Bengaluru to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s home district of Chandauli in Uttar Pradesh. The move, Rao said, was yet another example of “step-motherly treatment” towards Karnataka.
The state Congress on Friday expelled its Devara Hipparagi legislator A S Patil (Nadahalli) from the partys primary membership for indulging in anti-party activities.
Patil was, in April 2015, suspended from the Congress Legislature Party after he demanded statehood for north Karnataka. It is said that Patil was not on good terms with Water Resources Minister M B Patil — both hail from Vijayapura.
A S Patil is likely to join the JD(S).