Will Quit, Won't Compromise on Principles: Siddaramaiah - The New Indian Express

Will Quit, Won't Compromise on Principles: Siddaramaiah

Published: 31st January 2014 08:08 AM

Last Updated: 31st January 2014 08:35 AM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday declared that he would rather quit his post than compromise his principles and self-respect.

Hitting back at the Opposition for accusing him of going back on his promise to keep out tainted persons from his Cabinet, he asserted that there are no tainted ministers in his Cabinet. The Chief Minister was replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address in the Assembly.

He said there is an FIR on land denotification against D K Shivakumar. The court has issued stay orders against the chargesheet. There is a private complaint against Roshan Baig on a land related issue. But no charge- sheet has been filed. The opposition is trying to create confusion over the issue. Even the media is spreading false information on it, he said. “I will not continue in politics and power even for a day if I am forced to compromise. I had quit various posts three to four times in the past. I will do the same in future also if my self-respect is at stake,” he said.

Will Crush Communal Forces

Stating that some forces were planning to disturb communal harmony during the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Siddaramaiah said the government would take strong action against such elements irrespective of their political affiliation.

“Any organisation, be it Bajrang Dal, Sri Ram Sene, Vishwa Hindu Parishat or Karnataka Forum for Dignity, which tries to disturb communal harmony will not be tolerated and will be dealt with an iron hand,” he said.

He admitted that moral policing was rampant in coastal areas and anyone who indulges in it would have to face tough action.

Rs 155 Crore Special Aid

The Centre had released `155 crore special assistance to take up flood relief works, Siddaramaiah informed the Council. He said the government had declared 98 taluks drought-hit and spent over `202 crore to combat water scarcity.

Pay Rs 2,500/tonne of Sugarcane

He warned that all private sugar factory owners, regardless of their political affiliation, have to pay Rs 2,500 per tonne to farmers failing which stern action will be taken. He said a second meeting with sugar factory owners was held on Wednesday and they had sought a week’s time to implement the government’s order.

The thanksgiving motion was adopted unanimously when it was put to vote.

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