Bengaluru: Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah on Monday criticized PM Narendra Modi adding that the latter had turned ‘blind and deaf’ for Karnataka noting that he has failed to announce financial aid to the state in the wake of floods and natural disaster that has hit the state.
“PM Modi has turned blind and deaf towards issues people of Karnataka are facing due to disastrous floods recently” Siddaramaiah said while speaking to reporter in Badami during his visit to meet flood victims in North Karnataka.
He further took a dig at CM Yediyurappa stating that the BJP CM is scared of PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah and hence had failed to get aid from the centre for the state in the times of distress.
“Yediyurappa’s meeting with PM has not been of any help for the state. The centre has failed to announce aid to the state even after Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman have visited the state to survey the loss incurred due to floods” Siddaramaiah said.
Calling the BJP government in the state as ‘One man show’ Siddaramaiah further criticised Yediyurappa for running government without cabinet and council of ministers.
Recalling how UPA Government under Manmohan Singh had announced a relief of Rs. 1,600 crores for the state in 2009, Siddaramaiah called upon Yediyurappa to submit a written report of estimated loss incurred due to floods in the state which was yet to be done.
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Guwahati: Normal life was affected in parts of Assam on Friday as a students' union observed a 12- hour bandh in the state over exclusion of members of an indigenous group from the final NRC. Asserting that the updated register, published on August 31, was "full of errors", the All Koch Rajbongshi Students' Union (AKRSU) demanded that members of its community, who have been left out, be immediately included.
One of the protesters told reporters that AKRSU will not accept the final NRC as "the list was full of errors". He also said that thousands of Koch Rajbongshi people have been excluded from the register. Official sources said no incident of violence has been reported from any part of the state, but the protesters were seen burning an effigy of state NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela at Nalbari district's Kauli area.
Almost all shops, banks, educational institutes and offices remained closed in Koch Rajbongshi-dominated areas of Morigaon, Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, Nalbari, Nagaon and Sivasagar districts, the sources said. Private vehicles also stayed off the roads, though state-run long-distance buses plied on national highways with police escort, they said.
Five agitators, including AKRSU's Kumarkata unit president Deepak Roy, were detained by the police during the day as they refused to lift a road blockade.
The 12-hour shutdown, however, did not have much impact on Guwahati, the sources added. More than 19 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants have been excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), released in Assam last month.