Bengaluru, Jun 20: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy would present a full state budget for fiscal 2018-19 in July. “I will present a full budget for the state in July first week,” he told reporters at the Press Club in his maiden press conference after assuming office on May 23. Also Read - Delhi Chalo: Rahul Gandhi Slams Modi Government Over Farmers Protest, Fires 'Suit-Boot' Jibe
Refuting reports of differences between the Congress and JD(S) on presenting a full-fledged state budget, Kumaraswamy met Congress President Rahul Gandhi to discuss the issue on Tuesday. After the meeting, he said that the Congress chief has agreed to his proposal for a full-fledged budget with proposals of both the partners. Also Read - Against All Odds: The Inspirational Journey of Karnataka’s First Trans-woman Doctor
“When I discussed the issue with Gandhi at his house in New Delhi, he asked me to go ahead with a full budget and not to worry about what others may say on his decision in the interests of the state and its people,” Kumaraswamy was quoted as saying. Also Read - Karnataka to Get New CM? State BJP Chief Clears Air
The decision comes two days after the Karnataka Congress said there was no need for a fresh budget and insisted that a supplementary budget would do while, JD(S) asserted that a fresh one was needed to demonstrate the direction of the new government.
Downplaying chairman of the Congress-JD(S) coordination committee Siddaramaiah’s statement, Kumaraswamy said a new government had every right to present its own budget based on its poll manifesto and in the interests of the people across the state. “Though our party (JD-S) did not get majority to implement our poll manifesto, especially farm loans, we are committed to fulfil as many needs of the people, especially farmers, the poor, downtrodden and women,” he said.
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.”
Meanwhile, a Janata Dal-Secular leader told IANS that “every newly elected government is entitled to present its own budget at the state and central level in a democratic set-up like ours to reflect the aspirations and expectations of the people across the state or country”.
He also added that the Chief Minister plans to announce the waiver as part of the budget proposals in the monsoon session of the assembly next month.