“We’ll come to power and end your 40% Raj,” says Congress MLA, ZA Khan, to the BJP Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai.
In a slew of words, the Congress MLA, ZA Khan retorted to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai after Bommai said “Congress Party is resorting to false promises in a bid to return to power in the state.”
ZA Khan shot back, “We are obviously coming back to power in the next year and we will end your 40 percent commission Raj immediately after forming the government.”
A horrific mishap occurred in the Bengaluru Nagavara area when a metro railway pillar crashed on a family of four, killing two, the mother and her toddler. The pillar was being constructed in the Bengaluru Nagavara area, on the road from Kalyan Nagar to HRBR Layout collapsed on the road on Bengaluru a family of four was reportedly traveling on a bike when the incident took place. All this is attributed to poor construction work with cheap materials, because after all if the government takes 40% commission from builders, they will compromise to use inferior low-grade material of a shoddy standard which is prone to collapse in time, endangering the lives of innocent people.
What is the ‘40% commission’ accusation?
The 40% commission comment was in connection to the allegations made by the Karnataka State Contractors Association that government officials, Karnataka BJP MLAs, and Panchayat Raj Minister K S Eshwarappa demand 40% commission or bribe from contractors for every project.
The Association had even sent a letter to the Chief Minister, Prime Minister Modi, and Governor Thaawar Chand Gehlot. These letters remain unanswered and the BJP and the Minister have denied the allegations.
“After writing to the prime minister (on July 6, 2021), we had a lot of expectations. During the run up to (2018) elections, the prime minister termed the previous (Congress) regime as 10% government. we wrote to him stating that the bribery has increased to 40%.” D Kempanna, Karnataka State Contractors’ Association President stated in a press conference March 27, as reported by Deccan Herald. 50,000 have now decided to go on a protest in April.
“After writing to the prime minister (on July 6, 2021), we had a lot of expectations. During the run-up to (the 2018) elections, the prime minister termed the previous (Congress) regime a 10% government. we wrote to him stating that the bribery has increased to 40%.” D Kempanna, Karnataka State Contractors’ Association President stated in a press conference on March 27, as reported by Deccan Herald. 50,000 have now decided to go on a protest in April.
“10% of this bribe goes to the local MLA. Officials in the local bodies have to be given 5-7%. We have to pay another 5% to get our papers processed. The engineers overseeing the project have to be given 10%. Under this government, most times, the bribe becomes 45% of the project cost,” Kempanna is further quoted.
According to the latest allegations contractor and BJP member, Santhosh K Patil claims Eshwarappa charged him 40% commission for a work order. “I did not wait for a work order because Eshwarappa said he is the Minister and the final authority on this. So, I started the project. After that, the Model Code of Conduct came into effect because of by-elections in the district due to which, they said, they couldn’t give me the work order then. But Eshwarappa told me to not worry and continue with the work,” Patil told
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called the Karnataka government ‘the most corrupt’, bringing up the 40% commission remark during his recent visit to Karnataka.
Who is Zameer Ahmed Khan?
Zameer Ahmed Khan (b. 1 August) is an Indian politician. BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan is a 4 time MLA of Chamrajpet Constituency and managing partner of National Travels. He is a member of the Legislative Assembly, Cabinet Minister Govt. Of Karnataka and former General Secretary of the Karnataka Pradesh Janata Dal (Secular). Khan was the former Minister for the Hajj and Wakf Board for the government of Karnataka.
In 2005, S. M. Krishna was appointed Maharashtra governor, which paved the way for Zameer’s political growth. When Krishna vacated Chamarajpet’s seat to take up the governor’s post, JD(S) fielded Zameer who beat Krishna’s lieutenant R. V. Devraj. Subsequently, Zameer was sworn in as Haj and wakf minister in the JDS-BJP coalition government under H D Kumaraswamy. On 25 March 2018, Zameer along with 6 other MLA’s of the JD(S) party officially joined the Indian National Congress.