Kumaraswamy attacks opposition on the views against govt

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Bangalore, Sep 24 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today attacked the opposition Congress leaders for their charges on the government with regard to tackling flood situation in some districts of the state and said all good works done by the coalition government was 'eclipsed' by the talks on transfer of power to Bharatiya Janata Party.

Speaking to newsmen here, after discussing with Chief Secretary P B Mahishi and other top officials on the prevailing flood situation in the state, he regretted that leaders like Dharam Singh and others spent more time on addressing the media than visiting the affected districts. He took exception to the charge that the bureaucrats were not working effectively and that he had no control over them, and said within a week he had to transfer power to the coalition partner and what kind of control could he have.

Replying to questions, he commended the officials for their service in flood affected parts of the state and said they had been working against all odds. While they were facing floods on one hand, the elections to local bodies had also come in their way, he pointed out.

He clarified that the centre had not released funds for tackling the flood situation in the state and the Home Minister Shivaraj Patil had only suggested to the state government to spend funds to provide relief funds. ' Accordingly, we have been spending money in this regard and the state had so far spent Rs 530 crores,' he revealed.

He said the charges levelled by Mr Singh and others that the government was ineffective in tackling floods was 'far from truth and misleading.' UNI SR MSP TS1525

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