Distribution of saris to the mothers of girl children covered under the Bhaghyalakshmi scheme is not aimed at gaining votes, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said on Saturday, making a veiled reference to the criticism levelled by Opposition party leaders.
“I am discharging the duties of an ‘elder brother' to the women of the State,” he said.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said that presenting saris to women at the time of their marriage and on other important occasions was an ancient Indian tradition. “As an elder brother of the women of the State, I am just following this tradition,” he claimed.
Referring to another allegation by Opposition leaders that the Government was earning commission on the saris purchased for distribution under the Bhagyalakshmi scheme, he asked: “Will God forgive them for making such wild allegations?”
He criticised national president of Janata Dal (S) H.D. Devegowda and his sons.