'Plan to transfer Soudha upkeep to legislature mischievous'

Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa on Monday said he is against a proposal submitted by the state legislature, urging the government to hand over the responsibility of maintaining a part of Vidhana Soudha to it.

“I will not allow this (proposal) to materialise. It is the responsibility of the government to maintain Vidhana Soudha,” he told reporters, who sought his reaction on the legislature’s proposal. The legislature has reportedly urged the government to hand over the ground floor and the first floor of Vidhana Soudha to it for maintenance.

Currently, the Public Works Department of the government is maintaining the entire Vidhana Soudha.

Kagodu said vested interests in the Legislative Assembly are behind the proposal. “There are some elements who always indulge in mischief like this. The proposal, I believe, is aimed at taking control of Vidhana Soudha. If this is allowed, the legislature secretariat would ask even the chief minister and other ministers to seek permission to enter the Vidhana Soudha,” he stated. The Legislators’ Home was under the supervision of the state legislature till a few years ago. But vested interests ensured that it was divided with one controlled by Legislative Assembly and another controlled by the Legislative Council.

Besides, he said he is against a proposal of the Legislative Assembly to develop a township on a 100-acre government land near Whitefield.

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