Bommai slams Congress for demanding President's Rule in the state.
Bommai slams Congress for demanding President's Rule in the state.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai blasted the Congress party for presenting a memorandum to Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot seeking President's Rule, calling the request "ridiculous."

The Congress called on the governor to impose President's Rule by using Article 356 of the Indian Constitution due to the failure of the state's constitutional machinery, citing the Karnataka State Contractors' Association's charges of corruption.

The Chief Minister, speaking to media after taking part in the 'Constitution Day' celebrations in Davanagere, said, " The letter to Governor reflects the percentage culture that prevailed during the previous Congress administration towards the contractors. The leaders of Congress are the ones who created the percentage culture. The latest visual media capture of a whispering chat between two Congress leaders has blown the lid off the Congress' percentage culture. The fact that the same persons have now filed a complaint with the Governor is ridiculous."

In July of this year, the Karnataka State Contractors' Association sent Prime Minister Narendra Modi a memorandum alleging that contractors are forced to pay more than 40 percent of the project cost as a bribe to government officers, concerned Ministers, legislators, Lok Sabha members, and other officials of the concerned departments.

Bommai has formed two committees, both of which will be led by retired judges, to investigate the Karnataka State Contractors' Association's alleged kickbacks in tender processes and the government agencies' estimation of amounts.

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