BANGALORE: Defending his act of holding multiple portfolios, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah rejected KPCC president G Parameshwara’s suggestion to relinquish the finance portfolio so that special focus can be given to financial matters.
Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah said, all his predecessors, including B S Yeddyurappa, S M Krishna, D V Sadananda Gowda, Veerappa Moily and S Bangarappa, had handled the finance portfolio successfully.Siddaramaiah, who has presented nine budgets, including two as the CM said, “Thanks to lack of information, the KPCC president did not know it.”
The Chief Minister, however, admitted there were minor shortcomings in implementation of schemes like the Anna Bhagya, Ksheera Bhagya, Vidyasiri and others. “There may be some minor hiccups in implementing these programmes and the same might have been mentioned by the KPCC chief,” he said.
Claiming that over 90 per cent of the programmes announced by his government were successful, Siddaramaiah said, “Anna Bhagya scheme is the most benevolent programme.”