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Karnataka Cong brings charge sheet against BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

In a counter-attack against the ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections, the ruling in today brought out a 'charge sheet' against the saffron party under the title 'NAmage MOsa' (We have been cheated). In the charge sheet, the accused its principal rival of 'betrayal' on 10 counts, the foremost being giving a Rajya Sabhaticket to Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who it said was an 'outsider', hailing from "The has repeatedly nominated non-Kannadigas as Rajya Sabha representatives from Karnataka,the latest being Chandrasekhar. Can they reallyrepresent Karnataka's best interests in Parliament? Aren't there people from for to choose from?" the party asked. Chandrasekhar, an independent Rajya Sabha member, joined the yesterday, a day after the party nominated him to the of Parliament. The charge sheet also wanted to know why the Centre was not convening a meeting of chief ministers of the three riparian states, including Maharashtra, to resolve the Mahadayi water sharing row between and It also questioned the Centre's "silence" on the Cauvery water row with The asked why the Indian Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) exams were not conducted in Kannada. The charge sheet comes amid the BJP's sustained attack on the government over various issues, including corruption, ahead of the Assembly elections expected to be held in the next few months. Addressing a farmers' rally at Davangere last month, had dubbed the government a "seedha rupaiya (money first) sarkar", a reference to corruption, and said it should not be allowed to continue "even for a minute". Taking exception to this, the state has redefined NaMo (Narendra Modi) as 'NAmage MOsa' which means "we have been cheated" in Kannada and the charge sheet had been unveiled under this. The other points raised by the in the charge sheet are allocation of lesser relief for last year's drought, shifting of the from Taralu in the state to and an alleged imposition of Hindi. The also sought to know why the did not like the proposed flag unveiled by the It questioned the BJP-led central government why it gave the offset contract related to fighter jets to Anil Ambani's firm instead of the state-owned Hindustan Raising these questions, the tweeted, "has consistently acted against Karnataka's interests. This is a Chargesheet with the 10 most prominent betrayals by the " retweeted it and wrote, "Will the @BJP4Karnataka leaders muster the courage to answer real issues that affect the Kannadigas? Will they respect our right to Language, Culture & Water? Not likely. They are busy spreading rumours to polarise to win an election." Taking a jibe at Siddaramaiah, the tweeted, "Sir, we gave a rebuttal to all the charges in real time.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 22:00 IST