Chairman of Karnataka Coastal Development Authority B. Nagaraja Shetty has flayed the Congress for creating a shortage of onions and garlic leading to a price rise. The ex-Minister has alleged that Governor H.R. Bhardwaj was acting like an agent of the Congress rather than as Governor of a State.

Mr. Shetty told presspersons that rise in prices of onions and garlic had been caused by a “shortage created” by the Congress leaders. “Within 15 days, they say that the prices have reduced by 50 per cent due to import of a few tonnes of onions from Pakistan. How is that possible? It is a political gimmick,” he said.

Mr. Shetty said India had enough onions but it was getting exported. “First, we have to take care of ourselves and then send the onions for export,” he said. Mr. Shetty said that in case of any contentious issue, a Governor should call the people involved and advise them.

He said, “All elders do that but here, the Governor is politicising issues. The Governor is acting like a Congress agent, not like Governor of Karnataka. This is a major mistake,” he said.

He said that thousands of BJP activists were in the field currently appealing to voters and candidates informing them of work that had been done and would be done in the future by the State Government.

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