BSY indulging in theatrics on drought: Kumaraswamy

State JDS prez HD Kumraswamy hit out at BJP strongman Yeddyurappa for `indulging in theatrics` over the drought situation in Karnataka.

Last Updated: Apr 09, 2012, 17:15 PM IST

Bangalore: Former Chief Minister and State JDS
President HD Kumraswamy on Monday hit out at BJP strongman BS
Yeddyurappa for `indulging in theatrics` over the drought
situation in Karnataka.

"Yeddyurappa is indulging in theatrics over the drought in
some parts of the state. As soon as he came to know Karnataka
BJP Incharge Dharmendra Pradhan is in Bangalore,he rushed back
dropping his visit to drought-hit taluks for the sake of
regaining his lost chair," he told reporters here.

On Yeddyurappa`s letter to Chief Minister DV Sadananda
Gowda, demanding immediate release of Rs 200 crore for drought
relief work, Kumaraswamy said the government should release Rs
4,600 crore as promised on the floor of the House to farmers
who suffered crop loss.

To a question, he said Gowda has not taken any serious
steps to tackle drought."Other than attending the Vishwesraiah
Technological University convocation in Belgaum, the Chief
Minister has not visited any drought-hit villages," he said.

Blaming both the central and state governments for the
situation, Kumaraswamy said the party has decided to go on a
er strike in front of Mahatama Gandhi statue in case they
failed to address drought problems.

On the `Yuva Chenata Pravasa`, Kumaraswamy said 26 teams
have been formed and they would visit all 123 drought-hit
talukas in the state. JDS leaders have been directed to visit
drought-hit taluks and submit a report on how the government
has fared in tackling drought, Kumaraswamy said.

After seeking reports from JDS leaders, a memorandum would
be submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh under the
leadership of former Prime Minister HD Devegowda, he said.

"We will also submit a report to the state government," he
added.

PTI