Oppn charges 'misleading': Kumaraswamy

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Bangalore, Sep 24 (UNI) Criticising the Opposition's charges against the Karnataka Government with regard to tackling the flood situation in some districts of the state, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today said all the good works done by the coalition government were ''eclipsed'' by the talks on the transfer of power to the coalition partner, the BJP.

Addressing a press conference here, after talks with Chief Secretary P B Mahishi and other top officials on the prevailing flood situation in the state, the charges levelled by Leader of the Opposition Dharam Singh and others that the government were ineffective in tackling flood situation was ''far from truth'' and ''misleading.'' He regretted that leaders like Mr 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.

He said within a week he had to transfer the power to the BJP 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 we are facing floods, the elections to local bodies had also come in their way,'' he pointed out.

He said the Centre had not released funds for flood relief and Home Minister Shivraj Patil had only suggested the state government to use the funds for this purpose.

''Accordingly, we have been spending money in this regard and the state had so far spent Rs 530 crore,'' Mr Kumaraswamy revealed.

UNI

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