B S Yeddyurappa supports Hazares campaign

Bangalore: Battling allegations of corruption, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Friday extended support to social activist Anna Hazare, who is on an indefinite fast demanding a comprehensive Jan Lokpal Bill.

"Time has come for enactment of such a legislation to eradicate corruption in the country," he said here.

Yeddyurappa, facing charges of nepotism and favouritism in land denotifications, demanded that the Centre take immediate steps to bring in a legislation to fight corruption which is rampant in the country.

Two advocates have filed five private complaints against Yeddyurappaa in a court here seeking his prosecution under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act after obtaining sanction from Governor H R Bhardwaj.

The court had taken cognisance of the offences listed in the complaints and directed the Lokayukta police to investigate the charges.

However, Karnataka High Court has stayed the proceedings on a petition by Yeddyurappa`s son-in-law Sohan Kumar.

Dissidents in ruling BJP have been seeking the ouster of Yeddyurappa from chief minister`s post citing allegations of corruption faced by him.

Yeddyurappa, who has denied all charges, was speaking after presenting the state government`s Devaraj Urs Award to Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala D Veerendra Hegde in recognition of his services for the welfare of rural development and backward classes.

Hegde too supported Hazare`s fight against corruption and suggested that the efforts should begin to check the menace at the village level.

"People should be in a position to display a signboard that their village is corruption-free and it should go up to taluk, district, state and country level," he added.