Congress calls on JDS leader to avoid 'public discussion' of certain matters
Admitting there are differences of opinion between the coalition partners, Congress Karnataka chief Dinesh Gundu Rao Friday "advised" JDS leader and state minister H D Revanna not to discuss certain matters openly. Rao Thursday accused some JD(S) leaders of making statements without understanding the situation on the ground. At the same time, he had expressed confidence that the Congress-JDS coalition would survive its full five-year term.
"It is not good. He (Revanna) should avoid talking like that. It is a decision taken by two parties. It has been decided which department should go to which political party. I am humbly urging him not to give such statements so openly," Rao said Friday at a press meet, replying to a question on Revanna's stand on alleged interference in his department. Recently, Revanna, who is public works minister and elder brother of chief minister H D Kumaraswamy had allegedly said he will not allow the Congress party to interfere in his department as he never interferes in others' departments.
Revanna had also hit out at the Congress six days ago for taking away the home department from deputy chief minister G Parameshwara. About JD(S) retaining the ports and inland water transport though it should have been with Congress as per the agreement, Rao said it was not good on his part to discuss these matters in public and emphasised that the two parties would resolve it amicably through discussions.
"Challenges will come but we do have the strength to resolve it amicably by discussion. I won't say there aren't problems. There are problems but we will resolve it," Rao said. He also admitted that there were some issues pertaining to finalising the appointment of chairpersons to boards and corporations, though Congress brought out the list long ago. On Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently criticising the state government's farm loan waiver scheme, Rao said the government waived Rs 8,200 crore loans of 25 lakh farmers when Siddaramaiah was the chief minister.
The coalition government has now come out with a crop loan waiver of Rs 40,000 crore benefiting 40 lakh farmers, he said. Hitting out at Modi, Rao alleged the prime minister could not fulfil any of his promises whether be it bringing back black money, job creation, inviting investments, economic revolution or relief to farmers.
"Today he is giving a statement against Karnataka's initiatives. He is roaming around speaking blatant lies," Rao added. Addressing a rally at Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh in December, Modi had said the Congress promised loan waivers to lakhs of farmers, but the JD(S)-Congress coalition in Karnataka did not deliver. "Lollipops were handed out. The loan waiver was given to only 800 farmers," he had claimed.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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