Belagavi, Aug 28 : The BJP government at the center was showing step-motherly attitude towards Karnataka as it had failed to release funds for flood relief after the state had suffered one of the worst calamities early this month due to floods and very heavy rainfall.
Speaking to reporters here he alleged that the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had failed to respond to the woes of the millions of people who suffered under the natural calamity and he had gone against his own coinage of “Sub Ka Sath Sub Ka vikas”.
Siddaramaiah said the visits to the flood affected areas and aerial survey by union finance minister Nirmala Sheetharaman and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were not intended to assure relief to the people.
‘’Modi has so much time for foreign visits, but he has no time to visit Karnataka and Maharashtra to console millions of the flood-affected who lost everything including agriculture crop, homes, domestic animals etc. Not a single rupee has been released by the centre till today, he alleged.
He said calamity relief fund of Rs 1029 crore released by the centre was for the severe drought situation faced during the previous Rabi season and report submitted by the state in the month of February last. It cannot be taken as flood relief funds as being propagated by the leaders of BJP and government misguided the people, he said.
Former chief minister said the flood situation witnessed this year has been more severe than the floods witnessed during year of 2005-06 and in 2009. There was a loss to the extent of Rs one lakh crore. Union government should immediately release Rs 5000 crore as interim relief. 25 MPs elected from BJP in the state, but they did not ready to raise their voice on flood situation, he criticized.
He said BJP accused that Congress was a party controlled by high command, but the case of BJP was worse as its central leadership had sidestepped B S Yeddiyurappa and was ruling the state through back seat driving.
Further he said, Central team has visited the state and based on its report relief should be released. He said Congress will launch a major protest if the BJP government in Karnataka made any attempt to close Indira Canteens launched by the previous Congress government to provide subsidised food to the poor. Former ministers Shathish Jarkiholi, Prakash Hukkeri, Belagavi Rural MLA Laxmi Hebbalkar were present. (UNI)