Bengaluru: As the BJP government in Karnataka is all set to complete 100 days in office on November 2, Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday gave a score of “zero” for Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa-led ministry, alleging no development work had happened.
Calling Yediyurappa a “weak Chief Minister”, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly said transfers, “wooing” disqualified MLAs were the main achievement of this government so far. “Where is the performance or achievement to score, there is nothing...zero, zero,” the former Chief Minister said to a question on his score for the Yediyurappa government.
He said, “There is no development work that has happened under this administration, what they have done is, one-transfers, second- made 17 MLAs resign, then they have allocated more funds to disqualified MLAs constituency, while withdrawing what was allocated to Congress-JD(S) MLAs, this is their achievement.”
“Is this the all-round development of the state? This is the state-of-affairs. Transfers have been happening like anything...this is their 100 days rule. Yediyurappa has to pat his own back that’s all,” he said adding the government was running in “reverse”. Siddaramaiah was speaking at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Press Club of Bengaluru and Reporters’ Guild, on the backdrop of the Yediyurappa government completing 100 days in office.
Targeting BJP governments in the state and at the centre for “failure” in flood relief works, Siddaramaiah said the party had 25 MPs from Karnataka, did any of them meet the Prime Minister on getting more relief. “Did Yediyrappa take an all-party delegation? No, that's the reason I say Yediyurappa is the weakest Chief Minister,” he said.
Pointing out that the BJP still doesn't have the numbers in the Assembly as it only had 105 MLAs in the 224- member House, Siddaramaiah said it was still short by 8 seats to meet halfway mark of 113, and the forthcoming by-elections will determine the future.
“That's the reason I have been saying, not because I have a dream to become CM. If at all Yediyurappa can't win maximum number of seats in the by-election what will be the political scenario? He may have to resign and there may be mid-term polls,” he noted....