Bengaluru, Jan 19: Senior Congress Ministers in the JD(S)-Coalition government are ready to sacrifice their post and to step down from the Cabinet to pave way for other MLAs, Minister for Water Resources D K Shivakumar said on Saturday.
Speaking to newsmen here, he said that “as loyal party workers, all the Ministers from the Congress are ready to tender their resignation and make way for the disgruntled MLAs if directed by the party High Command”.
Recalling that in the past, despite getting elected to the Legislative Assembly several time, he was kept out of the Cabinet, he said that “I had to shut my mouth, respecting the decision of the party High Command”.
Denying that there is a serious crisis brewing in the Congress Legislature Party and hence MLAs were taken to a resort, he said that “MLAs, have gone to the resort to discuss about the prevailing drought conditions in the State and preparations for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections”.
Stating that more than 150 taluks in the State are reeling under severe drought, he said that “we are working out strategies to overcome the scarcity conditions and bring relief to the people of the affected”.
Welcoming the BJP’s decision to bring back their MLAs, who were staying at Haryana, and drafting them to study drought conditions in the State, he said that “the government will extend all co-operation and help the BJP MLAs, in their endeavor”.
Referring to the stay of the Congress MLAs, at the Eagleton Resort, which was slapped a penalty of over Rs 900 crore by the state government for the alleged encroachment of revenue land, he said that “it is nothing to do with the MLAs stay in the Hotel”.
“Whatever legal options available is being explored by the State Government to deal with the illegal encroachment of land by the Resort authorities” he said.
Mr Shivakumar said that his department has planned to conduct a one-day national workshop on water conservation “Focused attention on Vlunerable and over exploited Areas” on Jan 22.
The elected representatives from over 750 Village Panchayats from six districts also been invited to sensitize them on the importance of conservation of underground water and protection of surface water. (UNI)