Congress has demanded a judicial inquiry against the state’s Higher Education Minister
Bengaluru : The Congress party alleged a scam worth more than Rs 150 crore in the Karnataka government’s free laptop distribution scheme for students. This, via an RTI reply.
They accuse the BJP of inflating costs for the purchase of laptops for the same.
“In 2017-18, when the Congress-JDS government was there, they approved a tender worth Rs 28,000/unit which is more than what we did in 2016 17 (around Rs. 14,000). The tender was passed but our government fell. We told the Yeddyurappa government to not approve it because it was too expensive. But then CN Ashwath Narayan did it nonetheless,” said Basavaraj Rayareddy, Vice President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC)
The Congress also adds former CM Siddaramaiah and KPCC chief DK Shivakumar had demanded an inquiry into this but to no avail. They say, as a result, the state had to pay more than Rs. 150 crore extra to the new contractors.
“CM Bommai and Ashwath Narayan should take moral responsibility for this. If he (Narayan) isn’t speaking, which means he knows and should speak out,” the former Higher Education Minister added.