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Scrap ACB, Poojary Tells CM Siddaramaiah

Senior Congress leader B. Janardhana Poojary on Wednesday again urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to scrap Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), which is bound to weaken the institution of Lokayukta. He also asked the Opposition BJP to to ask its central leadership to provide autonomy to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and legislate the Lokpal Bill.

Reminding Mr. Siddaramaiah that the Congress came to power fighting corruption [charges against BJP], following which he (Siddaramaiah) became the Chief Minister, Mr. Poojary adviced him not to be adament in the matter. He told reporters here that he watched Mr. Siddaramaiah's argument in the Legislative Assembly on ACB on Tuesday and wondered aloud what happened to the 'fighter of corruption' off late. Though Mr. Siddaramaiah was right in questioning BJP about autonomy for CBI and the Lokpal Bill, he should not be adamant like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.

Yettinahole project:- On the Yettinahole water diversion project, Mr. Poojary wondered whether Union Minister for Law and Justice D.V. Sadananda Gowda and Lok Sabha Member M. Veerappa Moily, did not read the Climate Change Assessment Report brought out by the Union Ministry for Environment and Forest in 2010. In fact, Mr. Moily had held the portfolio for brief period, he noted.

Mr. Poojary said the report had made it clear that rainfall would severely be affected across the country following climate change and had advised not to meddle with mountain and coastal regions, especially the Western Ghats, the Himalayas and the North-East regions. He demanded that the Yettinahole project be scrapped immediately.

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