Congress hits Modi for 'neglecting' Karnataka

BENGALURU: Accusing the prime minister Narendra Modi of neglecting before his visit on Thursday, the state Congress questioned why he did not give adequate relief and did not pay a visit to the state, when most of his parts were affected by severe floods last year.

Modi will begin his two-day visit to the state on Thursday afternoon.

The Karnataka unit of Congress in a series of tweets also questioned the Prime Minister about not conferring Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga Math, who died last year at the age of 111.

Why didn't you visit the state, when it was affected by the floods? Despite the damage of more than Rs 1 lakh crore, why didn't he declare it as a national disaster? Why didn't you provide provisional help? A report that the damage caused was about Rs 35,300 million why you stayed calm giving only Rs 1,200 million, the state Congress tweeted.

Up to 103 talks in 22 Karnataka districts were affected due to unprecedented floods in August, in which more than 80 people died.

Around seven lakh people were moved to safe areas during the flood and thousands of houses were damaged.

In October, several parts of the state faced a flood for the second time in two months, killing more than 13 people and damaging thousands of homes.

In asking why the Center was not giving the state part of the GST amount properly, Congress questioned why the MNREGA program fees were not paid so far and why Karnataka was being neglected when allocating grants.

When asking Modi why he did not visit Tumakuru when Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga Math, the main opposition party in the State Assembly, also sought to know why the seer was not yet conferred on Bharat Ratna.

He also noted that the former Prime Minister had written a letter about it in January 2018.

Congress also criticized the central government led by BJP for imposing the Hindi language by neglecting regional languages ​​and the mother tongue.

The Prime Minister will begin his visit to the state paying homage to the 'Gadduge' (final resting place) of the late pontiff at Math's facilities near Tumakuru.

Later, he will attend an event organized to give away the Krishi Karman awards and distribute fishing equipment on the grounds of the government university in Tumakuru, before leaving for Bangalore, where he will attend a DRDO event.

On Friday he will inaugurate the 107th Indian Science Congress here.

Tumakuru police have made massive security arrangements following the visit of the Prime Minister, with reports from some farmer organizations that plan to organize a protest.