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BJP dredges up ‘dirt' on Revanna

Special Correspondent

‘He misused housing facilities when he was Minister'


Revanna had drawn house rent allowance in spite of being allotted a VIP room: Dhananjay Kumar

‘Kumaraswamy's performance as MP is dismal'


BANGALORE: The State Government's Special Representative in New Delhi V. Dhananjay Kumar on Tuesday accused Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Revanna of misusing the government's housing facilities when he was Minister in the Dharam Singh Cabinet.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Kumar alleged that Mr. Revanna had drawn house rent allowance in spite of being allotted a VIP room in the Legislators' Home (LH) when he was the Minister for Public Works and Energy in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. Before allotment of a bungalow, Mr. Revanna was allotted the room in the Legislators' Home and he stayed there for more than six months. During that period he had also drawn house rent allowance of Rs. 20,000 a month and other facilities. Even after moving to the bungalow, he had not paid the LH room rent amounting to Rs. 1.6 lakh to the government, Mr. Kumar alleged.

The then Speaker Krishna of the JD(S) had served a notice on Mr. Revanna asking him to clear the room rent bills of LH. But Mr. Revanna in his reply stated that he had not occupied the LH room and therefore the question of paying the bill did not arise.

Mr. Kumar said the Legislative Assembly Secretariat records clearly indicated that Mr. Revanna had not paid his bills and at the same time had drawn house rent and other allowances while occupying the room. A few days ago, Mr. Revanna had accused Legislative Assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah of drawing salaries and allowances of both the Speaker and the Deputy Speakers' posts. The Speaker had termed the charge “baseless”. Mr. Revanna has no moral right to criticise other officials on misuse of the government facilities, Mr. Kumar said.

Kumaraswamy flayed

The BJP leader also hit out at the JD(S) State president and MP, H.D. Kumaraswamy, for not utilising the MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund. Out of Rs. 1 crore sanctioned under the MPLAD for Bangalore Rural constituency, Mr. Kumaraswamy had spent just Rs. 31 lakh, he said.

Instead of taking up development works in his constituency, Mr. Kumaraswamy was concentrating on dislodging the BJP Government by luring rebel BJP MLAs. The former Chief Minister's performance as MP was dismal, he alleged.

Cabinet strength

The BJP leader also alleged that there was no substance in JD(S) leader and former Law Minister M.C. Nanaiahs' argument that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has no powers to exceed the Cabinet strength beyond 31 following 19 vacancies in the Legislative Assembly.

Mr. Kumar said Article 164 of the Constitution clearly stipulates that the Cabinet strength should not exceed 15 per cent of the total strength of the Legislative Assembly (225). Mr. Nanaiah has been deliberating raising constitutional issues which would not stand before the court of law, he claimed. Mr. Nanaiah argued that the existing strength of the Assembly is 205 and 15 per cent of it means 31 Ministers.

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