Congress party in Karnataka has alleged that BJP is involved in corruption and is running a “40 percent commission” government. Congress released a “rate card” in local newspapers advertising BJP’s alleged corruption in Karnataka. The rate card has figures for “Appointment and Transfer Rates”, “Job Rates”, and the alleged commission for government deals. Congress also claimed that the Chief Minister’s post was available for a price of Rs 2500 crores and the rate of ministerial posts was Rs 500 crores. In response to the accusations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Congress of being an “85 per cent commission” party. The Karnataka Assembly elections are scheduled to take place on May 10 and the votes will be counted on May 13. Congress has made several poll promises, including 200 units of free electricity, Rs 2,000 per month to every woman head of the family, and a ban on Bajrang Dal and PFI. Congress’s decision to ban the Bajrang Dal was later retracted by M Veerappa Moily, a senior Congress leader.
Congress alleges BJP corruption in Karnataka
The Congress has launched a fresh attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), alleging corruption in the Karnataka government. The party has accused the BJP of running a “40 per cent commission” government and claimed that the Chief Minister’s post is up for grabs for Rs 2500 crores ($333 million USD), with ministerial posts costing Rs 500 crores ($67 million USD).
Congress releases ‘Corruption Rate Card’
To support its claims, the Congress released a ‘Corruption Rate Card’ in local newspapers in Karnataka. The rate card lists figures for “Appointment and Transfer Rates,” “Job Rates,” and alleged commission for government deals. The Congress has been targeting the BJP on the issue of corruption ahead of the Karnataka assembly elections, which are due to be held on May 10, 2023.
Congress mocks BJP as ‘40% Commission’ government
The Congress has been using the term “40 per cent commission” to describe the BJP government in Karnataka. During a rally, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the people of Karnataka coined the term and not the Congress party. The Congress has been critical of the BJP’s governance record in the state, accusing it of failing to deliver on its promises.
BJP and Congress trade accusations of corruption
In response to the Congress’ allegations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress of being an “85 per cent commission” party. The BJP has also accused the Congress of being corrupt and failing to deliver on its promises during its previous stint in power in Karnataka. With the assembly elections just around the corner, the allegations and counter-allegations are likely to intensify in the coming days.
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