Shivakumar blames K Sudhakar for night curfew decision

KPCC chief D K Shivakumar blames K Sudhakar for night curfew decision

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president D K Shivakumar Credit: DH Photo

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president D K Shivakumar on Friday said that Health Minister K Sudhakar lacked basic common sense for having decided to impose a night curfew, which was later withdrawn. 

“The entire nation and the world is looking at this City (Bengaluru). To say that the infection will happen during the night and not during the day... who will step out after 11 pm?” Shivakumar told reporters. 

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Recalling the tumultuous year that has passed, Shivakumar said that people had suffered much. “The younger generation... they’d want to share their highs and lows. But, without asking anybody’s opinion...” he said, seeking the photograph of the expert who suggested the night curfew. “We will worship that person’s photo.”

According to Shivakumar, the government should instead enforce Covid-19 precautions. “It’s basic common sense. Every morning and during the day, people are coming out in the markets and for work. Control whatever you can. Help people financially. Has the government reduced tax for industries or provided employment allowance? Have they waived interest?” he said, mocking the government for making several U-turns. 

“I’m not worried about Sudhakar. I’m worried about Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa as to why he has become so weak. He signed off on (night curfew) listening to one person. It was withdrawn not because we asked, but because his own ministers and the party took him to the task,” Shivakumar said, reiterating how no action was taken against Sudhakar for posing in his private swimming pool “even as swimming pools were closed world over.”