CM has every right to take out yatra on govt achievements: Kagodu

Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa, on Wednesday, indirectly took a dig at state Congress chief G Parameshwara on the issue of taking out a yatra, saying that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had every right to take the achievements of the government to the people.

"The party is in power in the state. The chief minister leads the government and all party functionaries, including the party president, should tag along," Thimmappa told reporters here.

He was replying to queries on the rift between Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara over a government-sponsored one-month-long "Sadhaneya Sambhrama" yatra, to highlight the achievements of the Congress regime, which the chief minister will lead from December 13. Parameshwara is unhappy that he was not consulted when the yatra plan was finalised and has distanced himself from the yatra. Parameshwara, on his part, is keen that the party take out a yatra in March next year just ahead of the Assembly polls.

"It is immature to say that the party and the government are two different entities. The chief minister is the leader and others should follow," the minister said.

Thimmappa, a former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, decried the low attendance of legislators during the Belagavi session.

"The sense of participation and involvement of legislators in voicing the problems of the people in the legislature has come down," he said.

To another query, Thimmappa said he was willing to contest from his home constituency of Sagar for the 2018 Assembly polls, if the party wanted him to do so.

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