Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday attacked Union Home Minister Amit Shah for “not calling a single meeting to give relief funds for the drought in the state.”
CM Siddaramaiah said that Amit Shah, who participated in several programmes in the state on Sunday, came to Karnataka with empty hands.
“Amit Shah has come to Karnataka with empty hands. He hasn’t called for a single meeting so far to provide relief funds for the drought. Farmers are suffering here; there is no water,” Siddaramaiah told reporters here.
Siddaramaiah had called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on December 19 last year and sought Rs 18,177.44 crores as assistance from the Central government for undertaking drought relief work in the State.
Questioning Amit Shah on the social media platform X, the Chief Minister reminded him that four months have elapsed since Karnataka submitted its report to the Centre on the drought situation in the State and even the Central Study Team has visited and submitted its report.
As per the rules, the Union Home Minister has to chair a high-level meeting to examine the Central Study Team’s report and grant approval for releasing drought relief to the State. Earlier today, Amit Shah arrived in Karnataka’s Mysore and visited Suttur Math. The Union Minister felicitated sculptor Arun Yogiraj at the Suttur Jatra Mahotsav programme for creating the Rama Lalla idol placed in the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on January 22. He also hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reviving various cultural centres in the country, including the Ram Temple in Ayodhya and the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi.