Bengaluru regent: Karnataka Youth Congress leader ‘drifts’ on swampy road

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DK Shivakumar hit back at Karnataka’s chief minister for blaming previous congressional governments’ ‘mismanagement’ for rain problems in Bengaluru, urging Basvaraj Bommai and his government to either perform or face elections

Mohammed Haris Nalapad, Chairman of Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee. ANI

Bengaluru: Mohammed Haris Nalapad, chairman of Karnataka Pradesh’s Youth Congress Committee, floated on a swampy road here with a blown rubber tube on Tuesday to protest the state government demanding a solution to severe flooding in the city.

Meanwhile, party state president DK Shivakumar on Tuesday slammed Basvaraj Bommai and his government to act or face elections, while backstabbing the chief minister of Karnataka for blaming the “mismanagement” of previous congressional governments for the rain problems in Bengaluru. He also claimed that the “corrupt” BJP government and its officials were responsible for the current situation in Bengaluru.

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“If there were any breaches during Congress’ tenure, let them (BJP) clean it up, they had five years before, they had five years now, they should have done it…not act while they were in power and the blaming previous congressional governments instead is not correct,” said Shivakumar, responding to the Chief Minister’s statement.

Speaking to reporters here, he said such a situation had never occurred during Congress’ tenure. “It is because of your corruption and corruption by your officials. The Prime Minister must take this into account. People have given you a chance. If you are unable to act, let’s go for the elections,” he added.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Bommai had blamed the “mismanagement” of previous congressional governments and the unprecedented rainfall in the capital of the Flood. The Chief Minister had accused Congress of authorizing “right-left-center” construction activities in the lake areas, on the tank embankments and buffer zones, during his regime.

The state congress led by its working president Ramalinga Reddy, opposition leader in the legislative council BK Hariprasad held a protest against the BJP government, which accused it of neglecting Bengaluru’s infrastructure that led to the current situation and gave it blamed for “undermining the pride” of the city, stating that several IT and BT industries planned to move to other cities.

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dr. Geeta Agnihotri, scientist of the Meteorological Department, said: “Today’s rain report for Bengaluru is: Electronic City-8 cms, City office-4 cms, International airport-9.6 mm & HAL airport-5 cms. Heavy rain for the next 2-3 days in Bengaluru, yellow alert was issued for today.”

She added: “Widespread rainfall over the next 5 days in the coastal area and northern Karnataka, 3 days of widespread rain, followed by fairly widespread rain over the next 2 days in the southern interior of Karnataka.”

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