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Cong govt misused power for Rahul meet: BJP

PTI  Bangalore, February 21, 2014
First Published: 22:07 IST(21/2/2014) | Last Updated: 22:09 IST(21/2/2014)

Opposition BJP members in Karnataka assembly on Friday demanded strict action against a top IAS official for misusing government machinery to facilitate Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's interactive meeting with students in the state.

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Raising the issue during zero hour, Opposition Leader Jagadish Shettar said action should be taken against principal secretary of education department for organising the event for a non-government functionary like Gandhi during his two-day visit to the state.

Shettar also alleged National Knowledge Commission chief Sam Pitroda had asked the government to ensure support and bring students to Gandhi's meeting.

These comments sparked off noisy scenes with ruling Congress and BJP members, engaging in exchange of words.

He demanded the government to institute an enquiry into the matter.

Countering Shettar's allegations, home minister KJ George said the previous BJP government too had misused government machinery to conduct Akhil Bhartiya Vidyhyarthi Parishad meetings.

Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa assured that he would ask the government to look into the allegation.

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