Bengaluru, Oct 11: Opposition leader in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday slammed the Yediyurappa government for its total failure in taking up flood relief works in 22 affected districts and leaving lakhs of people high and dry to suffer without shelter or food.
Speaking on an adjournment motion, the Indian National Congress leader averred that torrential rains and floods had devastated most parts of the state and displaced over seven lakh people due to overflow of several rivers, including Krishna, Tungabhadra, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha and in coastal and Malnad regions. He assserted that "the state government has failed totally in taking up of the relief works.'
Presenting a pathetic picture of the victims, Mr Siddaramaiah stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party government, led by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, has only shown lip sympathy to the flood victims and totally failed to bring funds from the Centre to take up relief works on a war footing which was expected by a party which just months back was attacking the coalition government on the drought situation in the state.
Stating that more than one lakh houses had either totally collapsed or fully damaged due to entering of the flood waters, he said that the state government had failed to provide temporary shelters to the displaced people. Lashing out at the CM, Mr Siddaramiah said,"If you are unable to tackle the problem, it is better you quit the office.' (UNI)