Passport or Visa from BJP Not Needed to Meet Guv, Says Moily

By Team Mangalorean
Karkala, Dec 28(10.00a.m)
: Union minister of law and justice M Veerappa Moily said here on Monday that he needed no passport or visa from BJP leaders to meet the state governor. He was reacting to the criticism over his recent meeting with the governor in Bangalore, while speaking to newsmen here.
Moily is on a visit to his old constituency to canvas votes for Congress in the ensuing ZP-TP elections, in Nitte, Edu, Miyar, Bajagoli and other places.
Moily clarified that in the capacity of a union minister he could meet a state governor any time and he had met the latter as part of routine and not to conspire. He said that state BJP president Eshwarappa had lost control over his tongue. Eshwarappa might expect the governor to obey his party's orders but there was no scope in the Constitution for anything of that sort, Moily said.
It is the duty of everyone to respect the Constitutional offices. Eshwarappa, crossing all limits of democracy has been giving irresponsible statements against the governor. He should first learn the basic lesson on the constitution, Moily added.
Moily further said the state exchequer was teeming with funds from the union government. Up to 99% of funds utilized in the state had flown from the centre. About Rs 4,000 crore had been sanctioned to the state under the Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojana, out of which only Rs 400 crore had been used.
Out of Rs 4,600 crore released under Mahatma Gandhi Rashtriya Udyog Khatri Yojana only Rs 450 crore had been used. This was a clear case of BJP's maladministration. If the BJP lost power in the state, 99% of present minister were sure to end up behind bars, he further said.
He also said that by holding a global investors' meet some time ago, about 15 BJP ministers had made personal investment to the tune of Rs 45,000 crore.
MLA Gopal Bhandary, Congress leaders Nemiraj Rai, Mohammed Sharif, Sudhakar Kotian, Supreet Shetty, Shekhar Salian, Shekhar Madivala and others were present on the occasion.
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