Mangaluru, April 24: Karantaka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah visited the city on Friday April 30th to participate in the foundation laying ceremony of New Congress Bhavan at Mallikatte here.
Siddaramaiah could not be seen even after 30 minutes post landing while the reporters were waiting for him at the airport. It was learnt that the corporators and some Congress leaders had entered the airport and were holding discussions with him, reportedly demanding transfer of the MCC commissioner.
Siddaramaiah speaking to reporters said, it was an internal issue. Some misunderstanding has aroused between the Mayor (Jacintha Alfred) and the MCC Commissioner which will be sorted out. He denied speaking further on the matter. It was however learnt that he instructed urban development minister Vinay Kumar Sorake, who was also present, to look into issue and take necessary steps.
Regarding the ongoing census, he said, survey should be finished by April 30th. Regarding this I have held video conferences with DC’s. They will be held responsible if census is not completed on time.
Conversing on the issue of farmers suicide, he said, farmers committing suicide is taking place since long. I appeal to all farmers to not take such extreme steps. Suicide is not a solution, when farmers are in trouble we will respond and help them. The government will provide the deservable compensation to them. 64 hectares of crops were destroyed due to the heavy rains that poured across the state on Thursday April 23rd. We will provide compensation of Rs 25,000 per hectare, he said.
Speaking to the media, Mayor Jacintha Alfred said, there are no misunderstandings between MCC commissioner Hephsiba Rani Korlapati and her.
When queried about what the corporators had discussed with the CM for about half an hour inside the airport, she said, discussions were held regarding various development works in Mangaluru and government funds were demanded.
Corporator Harinath speaking to the media said that 30 corporators are demanding the transfer of the MCC commissioner as they are unhappy with her work and functioning manner.