HUMNABAD (BIDAR DISTRICT): Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah has indicated that the Assembly session starting from December 14 will be a stormy affair with the Opposition parties all set to discuss the alleged failure of the State Government to provide timely relief to the flood-hit people. The power crisis in the State will also be discussed threadbare, he added.
Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, he said the major issues that would dominate the proceedings of the House would be relief work, the power crisis and the lack of accountability in expenditure of flood-relief funds collected as donations from the public.
Mr. Siddaramaiah said the State Government had failed to properly utilise the funds released by the Centre, for flood relief as well as under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act.
“The State Government has not been open on how the funds given by the public have been spent. We have been seeking a White Paper on the matter. The Government has to account properly for this,” he added.
Mr. Siddaramaiah said that no Minister in charge of any flood-affected district had taken the pains to monitor relief work.
“People are yet to get alternative housing. A majority of them are yet to receive compensation for losses sustained. Even after the State received good rainfall, we are still facing a power shortage. This will soon have a telling effect on foodgrain production as well as on the economy in general,” he added.
Mr. Siddaramaiah also expressed the hope that the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance for the Legislative Council elections in the State would defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He claimed that the alliance would bag 20 out of the 25 seats.
He said the alliance would help prevent the division of secular votes and added that the decision to come together was taken by consensus.
He, however, said the alliance was confined only to the Council elections and was not applicable, as of now, to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike polls. He said the Congress party would have floor coordination and cooperation with the Janata Dal (S) during the legislature session from December 14.
To a question, he said the financial situation in the State was poor and that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had not been a good Finance Minister.
Mr. Siddaramaiah said revenue collection and resource mobilisation in various departments in the Government was abysmal during the present regime, and added that if this situation continued, Karnataka would not be able to achieve even 50 per cent of its targets planned this year.