Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar today accused the BJP of not allowing Congress MP D K Suresh to raise in Parliament the purported injustice meted out to Karnataka.
Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, he said, “The BJP has not allowed MP D K Suresh to speak about injustice to Karnataka in Parliament today. They adjourned the session as soon as BJP MP Tejasvi Surya finished his points without giving a chance to the lone Congress MP from Karnataka.”
“It is a pity that BJP MP Tejasvi Surya did not speak on behalf of the state in the House, though given the opportunity. The BJP MPs must be ashamed of not raising their voice for the state in Parliament. While MLAs, MLCs and MPs from Karnataka are in Delhi to raise the voice for Karnataka, the BJP MPs are refusing to do so,” he said.
Responding to the BJP’s allegations that the financial numbers given out by the Karnataka government are wrong, he said, “We are stating the facts. The BJP is demanding a white paper on this in the House; we will present a white paper on this.”
“We have not prepared the Union Budget; it was done by the BJP government in the Centre. The same budget had allocated ₹5,300 crore for the Upper Bhadra project and the Finance Commission had recommended about ₹5000 to ₹6,000 crore for Bengaluru. Has this been given to the state?” he questioned.
“The Centre has not released any funds for drought relief even though the Chief Minister and Revenue Minister have submitted a detailed report,” he said.
Asked about Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s statement that the Centre has released ₹6,000 crores for drought relief in the state, he said, “They haven’t given a single rupee.
The Chief Minister will give an answer to this claim in the upcoming Assembly session,” he added.