Cong to reinvestigate scams, review BJP govt legislations in Karnataka

Priyank Kharge. Photo: PTI

Bengaluru: The Congress government in Karnataka is likely to review the legislations passed by the previous BJP regime and reopen the investigation in some of the controversial scams reported during its term like the Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) recruitment scam.

Karnataka Minister Priyank Kharge on Wednesday said the orders and legislations enforced under the previous BJP regime like school textbook revision and anti-conversion laws, which are against the state's interest, would be revised or withdrawn by the new Congress government after reviewing them.

Amidst demands to overturn the "hijab ban" from various quarters, the Minister, without making any direct comment on the issue, maintained that the government will be having a look at all the policies of the previous government which are against the Constitution, against the spirit of building the society, and against the inclusiveness of the society.

"We will relook at every policy matter that the previous government has brought in," he said.

Kharge said the new government would withdraw all the legislations and orders that hamper the state's economic progress and prosperity, and go against the interests of Kannadigas.

"Previous government had decided to observe certain jayantis (birth anniversary of prominent figures) and left out others. Not only jayantis, their orders, whether it is regarding textbooks, anti-cow slaughter, anti-conversion bills (laws), all of them will be revised," he said.

Speaking to reporters here, he said: "All those bills (laws) and orders that hamper the economic progress of Karnataka, its prosperity, and will affect Kannadigas, will be withdrawn. Making Karnataka once again the number one is our intention, and we will take steps in that direction."

Kharge, the son of AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge, is one among eight ministers inducted into the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah-led cabinet last week.

PSI scam to be re-investigated

The ruling Congress in Karnataka will re-investigate the Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) recruitment scam in the state.

DK Shivakumar. Photo: IANS

More than 30 accused, including an ADGP ranked officer, have been arrested in connection with it.

During a meeting with police officers on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar made special mention of the scandal and slammed the department.

Cabinet minister MB Patil stated that the Congress government will get all the scandals that took place during the previous BJP government investigated.

Alleging involvement of several prominent BJP leaders in the scam, the Congress leaders vehemently demanded resignation of former Home Minister Araga Jnanendra. They also alleged corruption by former minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan and indirectly referred to former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa's son BJP MLA BY Vijayendra's role.

(With PTI, IANS inputs.)

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