Bengaluru, Jun 16: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy would soon meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi to discuss the issue of tabling a new full-fledged budget for 2018-19. The decision comes in the wake of difference in opinions of the Congress and JD(S) on the matter.
While the Congress said there was no need for a fresh budget and insisted that a supplementary budget would do, JD(S) asserted that a fresh one was needed to demonstrate the direction of the new government.
Former chief minister and chairman of the Congress-JD(S) coordination committee Siddaramaiah expressed his strong reservations over presenting a new full-fledged budget, saying there was no need for such an exercise. Siddaramaiah, who is also the Congress Legislature Party leader, said he had already tabled the budget as chief minister a few months ago.
“Budget has already been tabled. It is a full-fledged budget only. That’s why we had taken vote on accounts for fourmonths. It will be there till July end. All the ongoing programmes and new programmes announced in the budget will continue,” said Siddaramaiah.
He advised Kumaraswamy that if he wants to carry out certain projects and launch some schemes, he can bring out a supplementary budget.
Reacting to Siddaramaiah’s ‘suggestion’, Kumaraswamy said, “Whenever a new government comes to power, it needs to demonstrate what its goals are. We cannot limit ourselves to presenting supplementary budget because there are many challenges before the government.”
Kumaraswamy also reminded Siddaramaiah about his statement in the past that if a new government takes over after the election, a new budget may be presented.
“Today Janata Dal (S) and Congress have formed a coalition government. Usually when a new government comes to power, its duty is to present the best budget and send our message to people through it,” the chief minister said. In this connection, he said, he would meet Rahul Gandhi in a day or two and sort out the matter.
Earlier on Friday, Kumaraswamy claimed that Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state is stable and no one can ‘touch’ him at least till the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are over. Addressing an event in Bengaluru, Kumaraswamy said,”This coalition government will function with stability. I know, no one can touch me for one year. I will be there at least for one year until the Lok Sabha election is over. Until then, no one can do anything to me.”