Siddaramiah slams Shah over floods, Mangaluru shootout

Siddaramiah slams Shah over floods, Mangaluru shootout

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Bengaluru, Jan 18 : Karnataka's Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah on Saturday targeted Union Home Minister Amit Shah, soon after he arrived in Bengaluru, demanding answers on various questions pertaining to the state.

In a tweet, Mr Siddaramaiah raised various issues, ranging from the August, 2019 floods to the recent police shootout in Mangaluru that killed two people, during an anti-CAA protest. 'Mr Shah, before investing time to brainwash people to accept your divisive policies, why don't you visit flood-affected areas again and assess if the Central government funds are sufficient or not?,' he posted. The Congress leader pointed out that Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had claimed that Karnataka suffered losses of over Rs 35,000 crore due to the floods.

'But, your aid is just Rs 1,870 crore. When are you planning to give the remaining?,' he asked. The former chief minister brought up the Mahadayi river water sharing dispute. Mr Shah, in the run-up to the Karnataka Assembly elections in 2018, had promised a resolution to the dispute within six months, if BJP was voted to power in the state.

'Mr Amit Shah, your colleagues give contradictory statements on the initiation of Mahadayi project. Why is there a change in stance after elections? What is your stand on the issue,' Mr Siddaramaiah asked. 'Two innocent victims were killed in Mangaluru in what public opinion says that it is a fake encounter. You are the Home Minister of the country. Don't you think adequate investigation has to take place when people cry foul about the incident?,' he asked further. (UNI)