New Delhi, April 10: The Congress party on Saturday criticised Bhartiya Janata Party for appointing new chiefs for states like Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Senior Congress leader Manish Tiwari today made a scathing remark on Bhartiya Janata Party senior leadership for appointing “tainted leaders” as state party chiefs. Tiwari said, “Yedurappa ji was jailed and then sacked for corruption when he was Karnataka state Chief Minister. The Lokayukta held him guilty but he has been now promoted as BJP chief of Karnataka”.Also Read - 'Thappad se Darr Nahi Lagta', Uddhav Thackeray on BJP MLC’s Remark Against Shiv Sena Bhavan
Yedurappa, a former Chief Minister will lead BJP in 2018 Karnataka Assembly elections. On Friday BJP, appointyed new chief for Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, which are politically crucial states and where elections are to be held next year. A former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pracharak, Keshav Prasad Maurya, who now represents the Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency will lead BJP in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - Babul Supriyo Says Won't Join Any Party After Exit From BJP; Edits it Out Later
Maurya, a backward leader himself is elevated to reach out to the OBC groups who aree 30 per cent of Uttar Pradesh’s total population. According to Tiwari, Maurya faces 10 criminal cases including charges of murder are levied upon him. Meanwhile the BJP leaders not only defended their decision but also accused Congress of doublespeak. (Also Read: Congress targets BJP over B S Yeddyurappa, Keshav Prasad Maurya) Also Read - Babul Supriyo Quits Politics With 'Alvida' to Focus on Social Work
BJP officials said that the party whose leadership is out on bail in a case of alleged fraud and ran a “corrupt” regime for ten years has no moral right to talk of corruption. The party claimed that the court has given a clean chit to former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and Congress should not make “baseless” allegations. BJP also asserted that there was probity in its government and it was transparent. Refuting allegations that BJP is trying to bring down Congress governments, party national secretary Shrikant Sharma said Congress is losing its base across the country under Sonia Gandhi and is facing a leadership crisis.
Its governments are falling due to internal crisis and ‘revolts’ within, he claimed. “The party whose President and Vice President are out on bail in a Rs 5,000 crore fraud case, those who ran a corrupt government for the last ten years have no moral right to talk on corruption,” he claimed. On Yeddyurappa, Sharma said, “The court has given a clean chit to B S Yeddyurappa and Congress is trying to make baseless charges.” The BJP leader also said that Congress should stop blaming the BJP for bringing down its governments in states as it was due to problems within that party. “There is a leadership crisis in Congress under Sonia Gandhi as it is losing its base everywhere.