DK Shivakumar, the president of the Karnataka Congress, announced on Thursday that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued him a new summons to appear before the organisation. Shivakumar stated that he was prepared to work with the agency, but the summons’ timing prevents him from carrying out his constitutional and political obligations.
The senior Congressman said that the announcement coincided with both the existing Assembly session and the party’s “Bharat Jodo Yatra,” which is scheduled to hit Karnataka in a few days.
“They have once again issued me an ED summons to attend when the #BharatJodoYatra and the assembly session are taking place. The timing of this summons and the abuse I am subjected to are getting in the way of me carrying out my constitutional and political obligations, Shivakumar stated on Twitter. However, I am willing to cooperate.
The Karnataka Congress began a campaign earlier this week called “40% Sarkara, BJP means Bhrashtachara” to denounce what it claims to be widespread corruption in the southern state.
Siddaramaiah, a former chief minister and the head of the opposition in the Assembly, claimed that CM Basavaraj Bommai is fully aware of the corruption and looting that his cabinet members are engaged in. Shivakumar afterward issued a political song on “the 40% commission government.”
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, a senior Congressman, is leading the 3,570-kilometer “Bharat Jodo Yatra,” which is now travelling through Kerala and will reach Karnataka on October 1.