BENGALURU: Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa is helping the Opposition by his diatribes against the state government, Revenue Minister V Srinivasa Prasad said here on Thursday.
During a visit to the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office, Prasad criticised the Speaker for saying that there is no difference between the previous BJP and the current Congress governments in the state.
“The Speaker’s comment made on the government and few of the ministers in the cabinet has also caused dismay in party circles on Thimmappa,” he said.
Maintaining that opposition parties will target the ruling party, he said, “It is very difficult to defend when the government is cornered by the Speaker. He should not air his opinions in the open.”
He also recalled that no speaker in any state assembly and also in the Lok Sabha chose to criticise the ruling party.
“The way the Speaker is conducting the house when in session is remarkable and should be emulated by others,” he said and added that “ but in bringing order in the house, the Speaker should not don the role of a school head master.”
Claiming that the Congress government headed by Siddaramaiah is discharging its duties well, he said, “The new government is treading on the right path after correcting the flaws of the previous BJP government.”
Replying to a question, the Minister, who himself is a senior Dalit leader in the Congress party, said he was in favour of a person from the community heading the state government.
“We have seen in the past that several opportunities went missing for a Dalit to become the chief minister of the state. I hope in the coming days it will be realised.”
“A Dalit can become the Chief minister only in Congress ruled states,” he added.
Division of Belagavi District
The state government is in favour of bifurcating Belagavi district, the largest in the state by declaring either Hukkeri or Gokak as the 31st district of the state.
Maintaining that the State government is working out strategies in announcing the new district, Prasad also clarified that it has not shelved the idea of formation of new taluks in the state.
Opining that previous governments, which had announced new districts, had not bothered to create sub-divisions for the smooth delivery of administration, he said, “We will also give focus in this direction.”
Stating that the Revenue Department has launched a state-wide drive to correct entries in land records in all the taluks, he said, “Bengaluru Rural and the Pandavapur taluks have been declared as flawless revenue record taluks.”