Congress MLAs unhappy with ministers in Karnataka

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BANGALORE: Congress legislators are wondering where KPCC president G Parameshwara has gone. As he wasn’t present at the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting on Tuesday, senior legislator MV Rajashekaran sought to know from chief minister Siddaramaiah why the KPCC president wasn’t attending CLP meetings.

Parameshwara skipped the last two CLP meetings without any explanation. Rajashekaran reportedly wanted to know whether there were any differences between the CM and the KPCC chief. “Before the Congress came to power, both leaders would share the dais. Now, both aren’t seen together,” he reportedly said.

Siddaramaiah, who is said to have asked all the legislators to speak freely at the meeting, reportedly told them he was in regular touch with Parameshwara and all decisions taken so far have his approval.
Madhugiri MLA KN Rajanna is said to have talked tough on ministers, particularly the new ones. He complained that none of the new ministers was responsive to MLAs and this should be curbed.

In the wake of opposition parties’ walkout due to non-presence of ministers in the House, the CM is said to have urged the ministers to be present in both Houses without fail. Srinivaspura MLA K R Ramesh Kumar asked Siddaramaiah not to request but order them to perform their duties. “The CM should strictly order the ministers to be present in the House. If they cannot do their duties, they should quit and make place for others,” he reportedly said.

As the government will take up revamping of official postings from this week, Siddaramaiah directed ministers to consider legislators’ request before making the postings.

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