Yediyurappa a weak CM, says Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that 90 per cent of the promises made by him remain unfulfilled.

“He (Prime Minister Modi) had promised that in 2020 the economy will be doubled, but only their troubles have doubled. He just lied. 90 per cent of the promises made by Modi have remained unfulfilled,” Siddaramaiah told media here.

Siddaramaiah’s remarks come at a time when Prime Minister Modi is on a two-day visit to the state.

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“In August, there was severe flood in 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 severe flood he didn’t even tweet. In 2009, Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister. He did aerial survey of the state and announced Rs 1500 crore relief on spot,” Siddaramaiah said.

“This time the estimated damage due to flood is more than Rs 1 lakh crores,” he said.

He went on to say, “Prime Minister came to witness Chandrayaan-2. He did not give time to Chief Minister and ministers and opposition party to meet him and discuss about floods.”

“When I was the Chief Minister, the Prime Minister visited the state two times. Prime Minister had told at the time of inauguration of food park that there will be 10,000 direct employment and 25,000 employment. But nothing has happened till now,” Siddaramaiah said.

Besides the Prime Minister, Siddaramaiah also criticised Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

“In last election, Prime Minister had told that, if BJP comes to power in Centre and state, there will be development. But nothing has happened.

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 Chief Minister,” 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.

Congress leader further cornered the Prime Minister over his address in Tumkuru 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 speech about these things in front of young children.”

Prime Minister Modi is on a two-day visit to Karnataka and is attending several events as part of his official engagements.

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