Bijapur, Sep 17: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has accused the UPA government in the centre of its failure to come to the rescue of people of the state who were battered by heavy rains and floods that had caused extensive damages in several districts in the State.
Speaking at Jigjinagi village in the district, where he stayed as part of village stay programme last night, he alleged that the centre had ignored the state government pleas to extend relief in view of the state suffering huge losses in the recent floods.
"The Union government did not bother to respond even once and has turned a blind eye to the people's sufferings. Is this the price we have to pay for electing Congress governments during the last 45 years," he asked.
Criticising senior Congress leaders for achieving little despite a long mandate given by the people of the region he gold the villagers, "Not waiting for the Centre's response the JD(S)-BJP government took relief work on war footing. What was the use that you backed senior leaders like KPCC President Mallikarjun Kharge and former Chief Minister Dharam Singh for so long. You should vote for a party like Janata Dal(S) which has truly responded to the plights of the poor." The Chief Minister distributed compensation cheques to sugar cane farmers who suffered losses due to a glut in this belt during the last season.