Hubli: Chief minister Siddaramaiah’s proposed visit China was once again subject to criticism, this time by former chief minister Jagadish Shettar.
“Siddaramaiah is touring only Bangalore and Mysore, and has forgotten all the other districts of the state. But he is much eager to visit China,” said Shettar, speaking to reporters in Hubli on Saturday. He said except the Teachers’ Day programme in Shimoga, Siddaramaiah has not visited any other places, including Chamarajnagar, which is the neighbouring district to his native.
“He is simply projecting himself as progressive, but he follows blind faiths.
Because of the fear of loosing power, he is pretending to have forgotten to visit Chamarajnagar,” Shettar alleged, adding that he had visited Chamarajnagar twice in a span of eight months when he was the chief minister of the state.
He also criticised the chief minister’s decision to sanction a special package of Rs100 crore specifically to Mysore. “We are not against Mysore, but we demand the same to other cities as well,” Shettar said.
He went on to take a dig at the administrative skills of the chief minister by commenting that the urgency shown by Siddaramaiah initially has not continued in his administration.
“The Annabhagya scheme was announced without proper preparations, and the launch was postponed thrice. The government is now declining to provide the scheme’ status report,” Shettar claimed.
Targeted by media: When the former chief minister was asked about his involvement in the controversy regarding the Karnataka Gymkhana Association’s ground in Hubli, which has allegedly been turned into a recreation club in blatant violating norms, Shettar was quick to take a defensive stand.
“Some people who lost even their deposits in the Assembly elections are defaming our names for political gains. If we are guilty, let the government take action against us,” he challenged. He declined to answer anymore questions and remarked that he was being unnecessarily targeted by the media.