New Delhi, April 15: The opposition parties in Karnataka will have more material against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Yesterday the opposition launched an attack on the CM after it was found that a company in which his son is a director was given a plum project to set up a lab at the Bangalore Medical College.
Were similar contracts bagged by this company to set up labs at the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology in Mysore and Kalaburgi?
This would mean that the company Matrix Imaging Solutions Pvt Ltd bagged three key government projects after the CM's youngest son, Dr Yathindra became its director. Both Siddaramaiah and his son have denied any wrong doing.
It was a tender process and all rules were followed both have said.
In another development the AICC has suggested to Siddaramaiah to advise his son to resign from the post of director. This was done to avoid the opposition to firing any fresh salvo against the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
The allegation is that this company bagged three key projects only after the CM's son became its director.
Dr Yathindra joined the company as a director on September 8 2014. In the month of October 2015 this company was awarded the contract to set up a laboratory at the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute.
On November 18 2014 the tender closed to set up a lab at the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiological Sciences and Research in Mysore. The company bagged this contract.
In September 2014 tenders were called to set up a lab at the November 18 2014 the tender closed to set up a lab at the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiological Sciences and Research in Kalaburgi. The tender process closed in November 2014 and the company bagged the contract.
Dr Yathindra says that there is no irregularity. I have spoken to my advocate and he is there is no conflict of interest. I am ready to quit if there are violations he also said. Matrix on the other hand explained that there were four companies at the pre-bid stage. Matrix and HLL were short listed but the latter did not submit a demand draft on time.
During the process there were objections that had been raised by several senior doctors. Firstly some questioned the need to set up a private lab when there was already a state of the art lab being in place. Moreover the other objection was whether it would be right to allow a private firm to make profit on a government land.
However there were others who had overruled the objections by citing the example of the Mysore Medical College. They said that in the year 2009 the Mysore Medical College had allowed a private lab to be set up on the campus.