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Congress questions Nirmala Sitharaman's contribution to Karnataka

Accusing the Centre of doing "injustice" to Karnataka on a host of issues, State Pradesh Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao today questioned Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's contribution to the state.


PTI 07 Aug 2018, 12:57 PM India

Accusing the Centre of doing "injustice" to Karnataka on a host of issues, State Pradesh Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao today questioned Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's contribution to the state.

Rao, who has also written a letter to Sitharaman, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, alleged that she has "failed" in protecting the interests of the state.

"...the state has a lot of expectations from you, but when the Centre is doing injustice to the state repeatedly, you have completely failed in getting justice," Rao said while speaking about his letter to the union minister.

Speaking to reporters here, he said, "I can say that you (Sitharaman) have failed in protecting the interest of the state because whatever issues you take, south India and that too Karnataka is facing the problem."

He cited various instances of alleged "injustice" such as shifting of CRPF center from Karnataka to Uttar Pradesh, the treatment meted out to HAL in Rafale deal and talks about shifting Aero India 2019 outside Bengaluru and questioned her contribution to Karnataka as RS member.

"I'm not able to understand...what is your contribution as Rajya Sabha member to Karnataka? If you had got any new programmes for the state, it would have been good. But you haven't got any, and you have kept quiet even when things that were with us were taken away, and did not do anything," he said.

Amid reports that Aero India may be shifted to Lucknow, Sitharaman during her recent visit to the city had said, "we have not made any announcements as yet."

She had also said many states have asked for Aero show to be conducted in their states.

Attacking Sitharaman for her alleged silence on issues concerning Karnataka, Rao said, "If you can't give such small protection to us, how will you do justice as the Defence Minister of the country?"

"Think about it and take appropriate decision on the issues raised and get justice to the state," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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