House inquiry sought into relief lapses

Govt releasing grants only to BJP members, alleges Opposition

Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah told the Legislative Assembly on Monday, that the ruling party had miserably failed to help the flood victims and also that there had been dereliction of duty by officials. The Lokayukta’s report on floods has also established the same.

The ruling party is releasing financial assistance only to those flood victims who are BJP sympathisers. The BJP MLAs have been directing officials to take up relief programmes as per their whims and fancy. There has been nepotism and corruption too in identifying beneficiaries and awarding execution of works, he alleged.

Siddaramaiah said the government must waive the loan availed by flood-affected farmers. “Many farmers have lost stored food grain for which the government must give compensation,” he insisted.

Intervening, Yeddyurappa said that while Siddaramaiah has been finding fault with the government, his party leaders Chidambaram and Moily have complimented the State government for handling the aftermath of the floods.

In the Council, Leader of the Opposition V S Ugrappa too demanded the setting up of a House Committee.

JD (S) leader M C Nanaiah suggested setting up of district monitoring committees in every district and a state monitoring committee with members of all parties to monitor flood relief programmes.

Earlier, the Congress leaders in both the Houses made a futile attempt to move an adjournment motion against the government on the relief issue.

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