Karnataka opposition leader demands special session of Assembly to discuss flood

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In a series of tweets, the senior Congress leader said that the miseries of flood came at a time when people were facing lot of hardship due to COVID-19 pandemic and corruption in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government.

Accusing the Yediyurappa government of doing nothing to alleviate the miseries of people hit by the recurring floods in Karnataka, leader of opposition Siddaramaiah has demanded convening a special assembly session to discuss the flood situation in the state.

In a series of tweets, the senior Congress leader said that the miseries of flood came at a time when people were facing lot of hardship due to COVID-19 pandemic and corruption in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government.

"Lives of farmers are miserable due to floods during the last few months. They have lost their houses and cattle. The chief minister of Karnataka should immediately convene an assembly session to discuss the situation," Siddaramaiah said.

Noting that the people of the state were already suffering due to floods and the pandemic, the former chief minister said they also have to bear the brunt of alleged corrupt practices of the Karnataka BJP. The assembly is the appropriate forum to discuss all these issues, he added.

He pointed out that approximately 6.5 lakh acres of crops have been damaged and more than 1,700 houses have been destroyed in the flood that hit the state thrice in the last three months. He said that majority of the victims of the flood last year is yet to get the compensation.

Accusing the state and the central governments of not giving compensation to the flood-affected people, Siddaramaiah said the farmers cannot get their due share if the Centre's guidelines were followed.

Floods have wreaked huge havoc in north Karnataka and has also affected coastal and south interior Karnataka including Bengaluru city. Heavy rains and overflowing stormwater drains led to flooding in Bengaluru's HBR Layout and Horamavu on September 9 while areas in the southern part of the city including Basavanagudi and Hosakerehalli were flooded on October 23.

The Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that the most recent deluge led to the flooding of around 650 houses and a compensation of Rs 25,000 was announced for those affected by the floods (with inputs from UNI)

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