BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said the Congress does not need to take lessons from BJP national president Amit Shah, who was behind bars on criminal charges.
Siddaramaiah was reacting to Shah’s call to his partymen to launch an agitation against the “corrupt Congress government”.
Speaking to reporters in the city on Sunday, Siddaramaiah said people of the state have shown the door to BJP leaders, who indulged in corruption when they were in office.
He said the BJP does not have any right to point fingers at others on corruption as many of its leaders had served jail term while some are still languishing behind bars. Siddaramaiah added, “In the last 18 months that we have been in power, we have maintained a clean record and adopted pro-people policies.”
Speaker Questions Govt’s Functioning
Legislative Assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa has once again lambasted the Siddaramaiah government, questioning its effectiveness in cleaning the muck in the administration.
“The system is facing many problems and if the government can’t change it, why do people need the government?” he asked, expressing displeasure at the failure of the government to fill vacant posts of doctors in government hospitals.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event, Thimmappa said, “I know that the problem has been there since long. But what is the use of having this new government if it cannot set this right.” Forest Department officials are behaving like dictators, and making their own rules and regulations without any consideration to the law, Thimmappa said, referring to the eviction of farmers cultivating land in deemed forests.
“I don’t hate the government. We have a relationship like that of a mother and a daughter. This is just me telling the government where it is going wrong and what changes are needed,” he said, defending his frequent outbursts against the Siddaramaiah government.