Advani must ask Karna CM to dissolve assembly:Cong

Bangalore: Opposition Congress today demanded that BJP senior leader L K Advani focus on "corruption" in his party ruled Karnataka during his three-day Jan Chetana Yatra in the state,beginning October 30.

"Advani should not have undertaken his yatra in the state where the BJP government itself is immersed in rampant corruption.He should talk about corruption in BJP government in Karnataka", Congress leader in the state assembly Siddaramaiah told reporters here.

"At least Advani should advise his party government to dissolve the assembly and seek fresh mandate against the backdrop of its former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa landing in jail along with some of his ministerial colleagues", he said.

Taking a dig at Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda`s reported statement that he was not embarrassed following the arrest of his predecessor Yeddyurappa in alleged land scams, he said BJP had no moral right to continue in office. He described as "height of arrogance" the reported statement by Chief Minister that the government cannot call the assembly session when opposition demanded and wanted to know if they should not discuss problems faced by people.

"Even though there is a legislation stating that assembly session be held for 60 days in a calendar year, this year only 22 days sitting has been conducted, he said. Home Minister R Ashoka, facing allegations of land scam, should quit on moral grounds to ensure fair probe by Lokayukta police,he said.

He opposed closure of primary schools citing lack of student strength and also demanded a `white paper` from the govenment on quantum of funds it released for drought relief. The government faced resource crunch and had not purchased power to ease the energy crisis, he alleged.