BJP's Ashoka Questions CM's Minority Focus

Opposition leader questions CM's prioritization of minority development over farmer relief.

Bengaluru: Bharatiya Janata Party MLA and Leader of Opposition R. Ashoka on Saturday took exception to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah latest direction to officials concerned to prepare action plan of Rs 1,000 crore to develop colonies of minorities in the State and questioned the Chief Minister “Why discriminate between Muslims and Hindus which amounts to gross violations of Constitution?”

Ashoka told reporters in Bengaluru city that around 500 farmers have allegedly committed suicide in the State in the last seven months owing to distress situation and when such is in the situation in the State, the Chief Minister has been going on making announcements one after the other for the Minorities.

In a hurry ahead of the Belagavi session, Ashoka said the Chief Minister announced to pay Rs 2,000 as relief amount owing to drought in the State but nothing has been released so far by the State Government for the farmers. He observed that affected farmers should have got Rs 40,000 each as relief amount owing to prevailing drought in the State.

While developmental works get about 60,000 crore a year, he said earlier the Chief Minister had announced Rs 10,000 crore for the minorities and the latest announcement makes it to Rs 11,000 crore and Ashoka questioned “Are Hindus second class citizens?” and “What would be the condition of dalits?”

He accused Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of running a “Tughlaq” government in Karnataka and has been imposing erstwhile Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan culture over Karnataka and alleged that Chief Minister of indulging in appeasement of minorities when Lok Sabha polls are around the corner by announcing bonanza for them.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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