Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and termed BS Yediyurappa a weak candidate over the severe floods took place in several parts of North Karnataka
Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday (January 3) criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that 90% of the promises made by him remain unfulfilled.
"He (Prime Minister Modi) had promised that in 2020 the economy would be doubled, but only their troubles have doubled. He just lied. 90% of the promises made by Modi have remained unfulfilled," Siddaramaiah told media.
Siddaramaiah's remarks come at a time when Prime Minister Modi is on a two-day visit to the state.
"In August, there was a severe flood in the state. He didn't visit Karnataka at that time. Flood situation was in 23 districts. Prime Minister will tweet for small issues. But at the time of the severe flood, he didn't even tweet. In 2009, Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister. He did an aerial survey of the state and announced Rs 1,500 crore relief on the spot," Siddaramaiah said.
"This time the estimated damage due to flood is more than Rs 1 lakh crore," he said.
He went on to say, "Prime Minister came to witness Chandrayaan-2. He did not give time to the chief minister and ministers and opposition party to meet him and discuss about the floods."
"When I was the chief minister, the Prime Minister visited the state two times. Prime Minister had told at the time of the inauguration of food park that there would be 10,000 direct employment and 25,000 employment. But nothing has happened till now," Siddaramaiah said.
Besides the Prime Minister, Siddaramaiah also criticised Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa.
"In the last election, Prime Minister had told that, if BJP comes to power in Centre and state, there will be development. But nothing has happened. The chief minister and ministers should have spoken to the Prime Minister about relief funds. The central government should have announced it as National disaster... That's why I called BS Yediyurappa as weak CM," Siddaramaiah said.
"He had said if BJP is in power at the Centre and state, doors of fortune of the state will be opened. People trusted him and gave 25 seats in Lok Sabha elections. But now, he doesn't even open the doors of his house for his party leaders," he said.
The Congress leader further cornered the Prime Minister over his address in Tumkur mutt on Thursday and said, "We admit Pakistan is an evil country. But what are you doing about minorities in our country? You are bringing law against the minorities. Is that right? And you give a speech about these things in front of young children."
Last Updated 3, Jan 2020, 3:34 PM IST