Bengaluru, June 26: Soon after a video of former senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah expressing his displeasure over the state budget went viral, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy held his ground and said, “I am not at anyone’s mercy…it isn’t like the post was handed out to me in charity,” said reports on Tuesday. At the same time, he admitted that there was a rift in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government over presenting a full-fledged Karnataka budget. “Some have suggested that let the budget be presented after the parliament election, so there are issues,” he said, reported PTI. (Also read: Karnataka to Waive Farm Loans) Also Read - Delhi Chalo: Rahul Gandhi Backs Protesting Farmers, Says Modi Govt Will Have To Take Back 'The Black Law'
The budget is scheduled to be presented in the state Assembly on July 5 and in the video, Siddaramaiah can be heard saying, “They will present a fresh budget, it seems. Then they go to Rahul Gandhi and say he has given green signal. Parameshwara also said it’s normal that when a new government comes into power, it presents a new budget,” reported India Today. Also Read - Amarinder Singh Condemns Haryana Govt's Attempts To Prevent Farmers March To Delhi
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said that several members of the coalition were trying to create confusion around the budget. He said he was not at any one’s mercy, even as he tried to reaffirm his commitment to protect the interest of farmers with farm loan waiver. “They (new MLAs) don’t know (about old budget). If I continue with the vote on account that was approved by then MLAs, who have now lost, we will have to see whether it will lead to breach of privilege of new MLAs. If someone brings in a privilege motion, what should I do? There are issues,” he said. Kumaraswamy holds the finance portfolio. (Also read: FIR Against Siddaramaiah) Also Read - Congress Leader Ahmed Patel Laid to Rest in Gujarat’s Bharuch, Rahul Gandhi Attends Funeral
Differences between Congress and JD(S) have cropped up since former chief minister and Chairman of the Congress-JD(S) coordination committee Siddaramaiah suggested that there was no need for a fresh full-fledged budget but the Chief Minister insisted that farmers should get the benefits and insisted on farm loan waiver. “Will I get commission from this? I don’t get any commission from this loan waiver. I know to whom commissions go in governments,” he said.
Karnataka’s JD(S)-Congress government intends to waive farm loans amounting to Rs 10,000 crore, including interest, taken by farmers across the state, said IANS.
(With agency inputs)