Mysuru: Responding to the Union budget, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday charged that the Modi government was trying to take people for a ride by some of its provisions.
Speaking to reporters after inaugurating a new bus stand at Suttur in Nanjangud taluk, he said the Union government was misleading people by taking credit for the Aayushman Bharath Karnataka Arogyasri scheme, when its contribution to it was only Rs 200 crore and the state government’s Rs 800 crore.
“There are also several loopholes in raising the tax limit to Rs 5 lakh. Auditors will assess this proposal and we will educate people on this “doka” (cheating) by the Union government,” he said.
Mr Kumaraswamy regretted that although the state government had pleaded for a suburban railway for Bengaluru and Union Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal had promised it for the city, there was no mention of it in the budget.
“States where the BJP rules too have not benefited from the budget. The people will have to decide whether this same government should come back to power or not at the Centre,” he added.
On BJP's tweet on the arrest of Ravi Poojari and its challenge to him to arrest Kampli Ganesh, he said, “Ravi Poojari’s illegal activities started in 2001 and the BJP was in power for five years, but it nothing. Our police worked on his case for the past six months (before arresting him). Also, we have already directed the police to arrest Ganesh. No matter who is in the wrong, whether they be from our own party or any other, there is no question of protecting them. I won’t compromise on this to hold on to my position. I have given the police all freedom to take action within the purview of the law," he said.