Congress’s Siddaramaiah on Monday attacked the BJP government in the state surrounded by allegations of corruption in a new way. He criticized the proposed pledge by the state government to end the culture of alleged bribery in government offices. In fact, the Basavaraj Bommai government has received a proposal from a civic group that all government officials should have a board in their rooms to confirm their integrity.
Taking cognizance of this, the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister has written in a letter that the Citizen Inquiry Council has suggested that there should be a placard in the officers’ room with the words “Nobody needs to bribe me. I am a corrupt”. I will not become an officer”.
Don’t try to shift the blame on the bureaucrats & officers. The contractors have pointed towards the ministers & not the officers.
Initiate a judicial investigation on the 40% corruption allegation on the ministers, before staging the drama of putting the anti-graft boards.
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) September 26, 2022
Taking a jibe at this, Siddaramaiah tweeted that Chief Minister Bommai should first put up such a board in front of his house. “According to reports, the BJP government in the state will now ask every government offices to put up a board that says, “Nobody needs to bribe me. I will not become a corrupt officer.” In such a situation, CM Bommai should first put this board in front of his ministers and his house.
The government should not blame the bureaucrats and officials as the council has pointed to the ministers and not the officials, he said.
The former chief minister had warned that the party would intensify its anti-corruption campaign against the BJP as several Congress leaders were detained last week in connection with the PECM poster campaign. The state police had also arrested BR Naidu, former chief of Karnataka Congress’s social media team. One said with certainty that there would be no shortage in the campaign. “The campaign will continue across the state,” he told reporters.