news Monday, March 23, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | March 23, 2015 | 11.30 am IST Soon after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced the government’s decision to hand over the inquiry into the death of IAS officer DK Ravi, the opposition resumed the ruckus they began over a remark he had made earlier. While addressing the Assembly over the death of Ravi, Siddaramaiah said that he had the government had faith in the CID, which is a state police agency. He said that the government was “not interested in exerting pressure on government officials”. During his speech, he accused the opposition of “playing politics over death”. “Neither we (the government) nor the Opposition, should play politics over death,” Siddaramaiah said. This remark was followed by loud protests from the opposition who demanded that he withdraw the remark. Even after Siddaramaiah announced that he had decided to hand over the investigation to the CBI, the opposition continued to demand that he withdraw this remark, prompting the BJP to stage a walk out. Speaking to the media after the session, JD (S) leader H D Kumaraswamy said that Siddaramaiah too had played politics and gave instances of this. BJP leader R Ashok said that he had not made the decision in good faith, but claimed that Siddaramaiah had succumbed to pressure and announced the CBI inquiry in “anger”, and added that it was a victory of the people. JDS Leader Kumaraswamy called the CM "a mean leader" and said,"Look at the way he handed over the investigation, he was adamant even then to blame the opposition." Other leaders like BS Yeddyurappa and Shobha Karandlaje who were protesting outside the Assembly demanded Home Minister KJ George's resignation for goofing up the investigations and for his alleged involvement with some realtors. Yeddyurappa called Siddaramaiah a "dictator". Speaking to reporters outside the Assembly, BJP leader Jagadish Shettar held Siddaramaiah responsible for the “confusion” in the state over D K Ravi’s death. He also accused Siddaramaiah of playing politics over Ravi’s death. It appears that the Opposition is taking advantage of news reports quoting anonymous sources revealing information about the investigation. Shettar accused the Siddaaramaiah government of spreading information about the inquiry on the condition of anonymity and thus playing politics over Ravi’s death. “He (Siddaramaiah) said in the Assembly that Ravi had made 44 calls to a woman IAS officer. This is an unforgivable crime. If the chief minister and Home Minister have any sense of morality, let the Home minister resign,” Shettar said. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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