Bengaluru: Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Sunday demanded convening a special assembly session to discuss the flood situation in Karnataka, which has been hit thrice by deluge in the last three months.

In a series of tweets, the leader of opposition alleged that its a triple whammy for the people of the state who are facing rain-havoc, COVID-19 pandemic and corruption in the BJP-led government.

"Farmers are miserable due to floods during the last few months. They have lost their houses and cattle.

"The chief minister of Karnataka should immediately convene an assembly session to discuss the same," Siddaramaiah said in it.

Noting that the people of the state were already suffering due to floods and the pandemic, the former chief minister said they also have to bear the brunt of alleged corrupt practices of the Karnataka BJP.

In this regard, he said the assembly would be an appropriate forum to discuss all these issues.

Approximately 6.5 lakh acres of crops have been damaged and more than 1,700 houses have been destroyed, he claimed.

Accusing the state and the central governments of not giving compensation to the flood-affected people, Siddaramaiah said the farmers cannot get their due share if the Centre's guidelines were followed.

The Congress leader also claimed that the victims of last year's deluge have not yet received compensation. This is the third time floods have hit the northern parts of Karnataka in the last three months.

The government has said that 136 villages have been badly affected, while 247 are in the vulnerable condition. As many as 43,158 people were evacuated to safety, while about 38,000 people were staying in the 205 relief camps.

 

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Bengaluru, Nov 30: Congress Karnataka unit president D K Shivakumar on Monday said Hinduism is no one's property and the party believes in the Hindutva of Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda, and in protecting the interest of people belonging to all communities.

"Ours is Mahatma Gandhi's Hindutva, Vivekananda's Hindutva...Hinduism is no one's property....India's tradition, culture is the wealth that belongs to all of us .

We (Congress) will protect and safeguard the interest of everyone as said in our constitution," Shivakumar told reporters in response to a question about recent developments regarding inter-faith marriages and Hindutva politics.

"Protecting the constitution is our commitment and our stand," he added.

Shivakumar had convened a meeting of senior leaders of the party today on developments in the state and strengthening the Congress as an organisation.

Shivakumar said booth and panchayat level committees will be formed in the coming days towards organising the party and to make Congress a cadre based party.

The booth committees will be called "Praja Pratinidhi" and it will have representation from across sections of the society.

"We will implement it during the upcoming gram panchayat elections itself," he said.

The Karnataka State Election Commission on Monday announced polls to 5,762 gram panchayats in the state in two phases on December 22 and 27, and the model code of conduct has come into immediate effect.

Welcoming the announcement of the polls, Shivakumar said "For the gram panchayat election we are forming nine teams.All our leaders will be part of it.

However senior they (leaders) are, they will visit various parts of the state from district to assembly level.

MLAs have been given responsibility of neighbouring constituencies," he said.