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"Centre Has Done Injustice To Karnataka": DK Shivakumar "Thanks" Sitharaman For Admitting Delay In Drought Relief Funds

08:29 AM Apr 08, 2024 IST | NEWS Desk
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"Centre Has Done Injustice To Karnataka": DK Shivakumar "Thanks" Sitharaman For Admitting Delay In Drought Relief Funds

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Slamming the Centre for doing "injustice" to the state, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar has "thanked" Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for admitting the delay in releasing drought relief funds to the state.

Speaking after a meeting with apartment owners in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Shivakumar said, "Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the announcement of general elections delayed drought relief funds to Karnataka. By saying this, she has admitted that drought relief is delayed and the Centre has done injustice to Karnataka. She was accusing the state of not doing enough for drought relief."

"What is the connection between elections and drought relief?" he added.

Sitharaman reportedly said on Saturday that there was a delay in providing drought relief to Karnataka and it was not intentional because the Union government had to seek permission from the Election Commission.

Shivakumar further said that the people are aware of the injustice the Centre has done to Karnataka.

"We submitted our drought relief appeal four months ago. There was no Model Code of Conduct for four months after our appeal. Now she is giving the pretext of a code of conduct. People are aware of the injustice of the Centre. This justifies D K Suresh's 'Our tax our right' campaign, thanks to her," Shivakumar said.

Shivakumar also responded to comments by H D Kumaraswamy regarding the Mekedatu project, noting the former chief minister's previous inaction on the matter.

"Kumaraswamy is talking about Mekedatu and Mahadayi now, but he didn't do anything about it when he was in power. When we were on a padayatra for Mekedatu, he ridiculed us for taking out the yatra to eat kababs. He is now talking about a padayatra. It looks like Mandya heat is affecting him," Shivakumar said.

He emphasised the commitment to delivering the Mekedatu dam for the benefit of the populace.

"Our fight is for the people of the region, but he (Kumaraswamy) could not digest it. I have taken over the irrigation ministry to build the Mekedatu dam. I will deliver it at any cost. I will not fail the people of this region," Shivkumar said.

Earlier on Saturday, Kumaraswamy, in a tweet on X, said, "In 2018-19, during my tenure as a minister in the government, we submitted the Comprehensive Project Report (DPR) to the Centre for the Construction of Mekedatu. It's surprising not to have this information; it's almost a ritual. As for the pen-and-paper tempo that people have given, I'm not aware of it."

"Back in 2006-2007, the Mahadayi project was approved by the Cabinet, Rs100 crores were sanctioned, and the foundation stone was laid. Then there was your own @INC Karnataka government for 5 years. What were you doing, Shivakumar?" the tweet added.

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