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REACHING OUT: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Union Minister of State for Planning M.V. Rajashekaran interacting with Gandhians at the inauguration of renovated Gandhi Bhavan in Bangalore on Thursday.
REACHING OUT: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Union Minister of State for Planning M.V. Rajashekaran interacting with Gandhians at the inauguration of renovated Gandhi Bhavan in Bangalore on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

I will reply to allegations in the Assembly on Monday: Kumaraswamy

BANGALORE: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Thursday said he would table a detailed report on the developments that followed his “Grama Vaastavya” in different villages of the State, besides refuting various allegations by the Opposition on the village stay.

Speaking after inaugurating the renovated Gandhi Bhavan here, Mr. Kumaraswamy attempted to answer allegations made by the former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

He said he did not undertake village stay for publicity but he honestly intended to address the problems of villagers at grassroots level. The Opposition had been questioning the need for village stay and he would answer those questions on the floor of the Legislative Assembly on Monday, he added.

“Mr. Siddaramaiah is elder to me and I take his statements in a sportive spirit,” Mr. Kumaraswamy said reacting to the former’s statements in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday morning.

“I stayed in two villages coming under Chamundeshwari Assembly Constituency (represented by Mr. Siddaramaiah). Let him take a look at the developments that followed the stay,” he said.

Taking a dig at Congressmen, the Chief Minister said he was saddened by attempts of some Congressmen to sideline senior Gandhians like M.V. Rajashekharan and C.K. Jaffer Sharief. Mr. Rajashekharan and Mr. Sharief were present on the dais.

Renovation

Expressing satisfaction over the renovation work undertaken by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), Mr. Kumaraswamy directed the BDA to take up renovation of the historical Kannada Sahitya Parishath building.

“I will inspect the building next week in this regard,” he said.

The Chief Minister told presspersons that he was pained by certain portions of Aanudeva Horaganavanu written by Banjagere Jayaprakash.

He said it was but natural for the followers of Basaveshwara to get agitated over the remarks.

Therefore, he would convene a meeting of senior bureaucrats next week to thrash out steps to be taken to address the grievances of Basaveshwara’s followers.

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