Bengaluru: Hitting back harshly at BJP national president Amit Shah’s recent statements during his visit to the city, chief minister Siddaramaiah said here on Sunday that there was no necessity to take lessons of morality from a person who had criminal cases filed against him and gone to jail but had received a clean chit from the CBI only by courtesy of the Union government.
Shah during his visit had spoken of bringing about a Congress-free Karnataka and also accused that the state government was in steep corruption and that there was no proper coordination among the ministers. Siddaramaiah termed Shah’s statements as a case of ‘the devil quoting scriptures’.
Siddaramaiah, who spoke to mediapersons on the sidelines of the inauguration of ‘Chitra Sante’ art exhibition, asserted that the situation in the state was much in contrast to the picture that Shah had painted. His government, said he, had given a better administration than his predecessor.
Some ministers and legislators during the earlier regime had gone to jail. A few of them were still behind the bars, but the BJP had not yet learnt its lesson, he pointed out. He recalled that the BJP had lost power in the state solely because of the corruption it had indulged in, he also said.
He further said that the BJP was not an exception when it came to corruption. Not a single scam had taken place during the current government’s tenure. Still the BJP had not given up its old habit of passing the blame to Congress, he added. Neither was any need for Congress to take lessons from the BJP nor did the BJP have any moral right to speak on corruption, while its own record was known to everyone, he said.