Bangalore, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka submitted a memorandum to Governor H R Bhardwaj today, accusing the Congress government of gross negligence of governance and failure on all fronts.

The BJP delegation led by party state unit president Prahlad Joshi said the government had totally failed to come to the rescue of people affected by drought and hundreds of villages facing acute drinking water scarcity.

The delegation appreciated the Governor criticising the government over its inaction and calling Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah earlier, to discuss the matter.

"The Congress government in Karnataka has ceased to function after the April 17 Lok Sabha elections in the state. Many ministers are still in a holiday mood while their responsibility lies in galvanising the state machinery to fight the drought and water crisis on a war footing," the leaders said in the memorandum, which was released to the press here today.

The other signatories to the memorandum were former chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda and former deputy chief ministers K S Eshwarappa and R Ashok.

The leaders said, "The Water Resource Minister himself admits that more than 1100 villages in the state are facing acute drinking water shortage. But the Government machinery has totally failed to address this issue seriously.

They said the government had neither been stocked for cattle, nor supplied in these times of water shortage. While the cattle are important contributors to our economy, the State Government is in the least perturbed by the hardships of the rural folks.

The BJP accused Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of giving lame excuses and pointing his finger at the Election Code of

Conduct. This does not hold water as there is no bar on undertaking measures to provide drinking water to drought hit areas, the memo said.

The BJP also condemned the Congress government for effecting steep hike in BMTC and KSRTC Bus fares hike that deeply affected the middle class people. The State Government is overly active in implementing anti-people measures soon after the Lok Sabha polls concluded in the state, it alleged.

On the energy front, the party said the people of the state have had to bear one more shock after the Government's announcement of a 2-hour unscheduled power cut in Bangalore City and 4 to 6 hours of power shut down in rural areas. . The inexperience and inefficiency of the Energy Minister has led to this dismal situation; a scenario never witnessed in the five years of BJP rule, it said.

The party said bad blood running between the State Cabinet and top bureaucrats regarding setting up of the 'State Service Authority' is unprecedented in the annals of history.

"We are happy that the timely intervention of His Excellency averted the collapse of the administration in the state. This episode clearly exemplifies the shortcomings of Mr Siddaramaiah's Government in handling sensitive issues in a matured manner," the memorandum added.

It said the Law & Order situation in the state has left a lot to be desired. "We are afraid that the State Home Minister does not hold any control over it. Several incidents of serious crimes have been reported in the last several days," the party added.

(Posted on 08-05-2014)