Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said that he would not give up his luxurious rooms at Taj West End, Bengaluru, despite heavy criticism from the BJP. The CM operates from his room in the hotel.

Kumaraswamy, who stayed in his home in JP Nagar, started operating from a set of suites in the five star hotel after becoming the chief minister.

According to reports, Kumaraswamy said that the choice of lifestyle is his personal decision and that he does not owe an explanation to his critics regarding his lifestyle.

Stating that he has not claimed any reimbursements from the government for the expenses incurred, he hit out at the media for “interfering in his personal issues”, reports said. He also went ahead to say that he does need any certificate from anybody and that he will work according to his conscience.

The BJP has been criticising the chief minister for his stay at the luxurious five star hotel and also for the expenses incurred for his village stay programme, which included the freshly-constructed amenities -- mainly bathroom fittings. 

In a tweet, the Karnataka BJP said that huge amounts of taxpayers’ money is being spent on Kumaraswamy’s comfortable stay in villages. 

Kumaraswamy in Raichur responded to this stating that the lavish bathroom that has been constructed can be used by the students once he leaves the place. He has been staying in government schools during his village stay programme.

Rs 1 crore for one village stay programme of Kumaraswamy:

Asianet Newsable had earlier released a report on opposition leader and BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa criticising Kumaraswamy for spending huge amounts during his village stay programme.

According to reports, Yeddyurappa said that Kumaraswamy spent Rs 1.2 crore on his one-day stay in Chandaraki, including expenses on dining and luxurious stay for him and his officials. He said this during the release of a booklet - ‘Grama Yatsavya, Shoonya Saadane’ (Village Stay, Zero Achievement), which was released by the BJP to highlight the failures of Kumaraswamy.

Read full report here: Karnataka: Yeddyurappa criticises Kumaraswamy for spending Rs 1 crore in one village stay