Tag: HD Kumaraswamy

Why Modi’s face shines before camera? HDK has the answer

 

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Narendra Modi and HD Kumaraswamy

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is a worried man these days. Recently, his angry self was on full display to television cameras as the Income Tax sleuths raided properties related to people close to his party, JDS, and alliance partner, Congress, at multiple locations. Kumaraswamy led a protest in front of IT office in Bengaluru against “the politically motivated raids” ahead of elections.

Incidentally, three of Kumaraswamy’s family members are contesting Lok Sabha elections as JDS-Congress alliance candidates. His father and former prime minister Deve Gowda is contesting from Tumkur whereas the son of his brother and PWD minister Revanna, Prajwal, is fighting from Hassan.

More importantly, chief minister’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy is locked in a tough fight with Sumalatha Ambareesh in Mandya Lok Sabha constituency. Although a candidate of JDS-Congress alliance, the open rebellion from Congress workers and local leaders against Nikhil Kumaraswamy has bothered the chief minister. The going got tougher for Nikhil as Sandalwood superstars Darshan and Yash lent their star powers to support Sumalatha.

It is understandable if poll-related tension gets better of chief minister Kumaraswamy, who is seen, often, handing out angry sound bites to the media. But his latest grouse seems to be the air time Prime Minister Narendra Modi occupies on TV.

“Modi wakes up every morning, applies makeup or wax to get a shine on his face and sits in front of cameras. But we take bath once in the morning and wash our face only the next day. Our faces don’t look good on cameras. That’s why even the media shows only Modi,” Kumaraswamy was seen telling the media.

 

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Why did Karnataka CM hold street protest against IT raids?

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Karnataka CM HD Kuamraswamy, Dy CM G Parameshwara and other ministers and leaders holding a protest against IT raids  

People in Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka state, were witness to a never seen, never heard of incident on Thursday. The chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, along with his deputy and ministerial colleagues took to the streets to protest the raids, carried out by Income Tax officials, in some places state.

Kumaraswamy and his colleagues in the JDS-Congress government cried foul alleging political motives behind the raids, saying only the properties of those close to them were raided.

They asked, ‘Why now, just before Lok Sabha elections? Why raid those related to JDS and Congress only? Why none close to BJP is touched?”

Addressing their party workers they accused that the raids were happening at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who “is losing the elections”.

Chief minister Kumaraswamy even threatened to use the Anti-corruption Bureau (which works under the state government) to target the Central government and BJP leaders.

One may wonder why this unprecedented hue and cry over IT raids. If their supporters are clean with their account books, or have not stashed away unaccounted money, what was the trigger to hit the street?

The answer, perhaps, is in the following paragraphs.

According to reports, the Thursday’s raids targeted contractors who work on government tenders. The aim was to break certain cash supply chain used to bribe voters in the election.

What is this “cash-supply-chain”?

According to reports, money from the government exchequer was being transported in police protection every day and hoarded at certain places.

Thursday’s raids involved some contractors with links to Public Works Department (PWD), which enraged PWD minister HD Revanna. He said since his birth star is Swati, those who try to harm him would get destroyed.

Incidentally, PWD plays a huge part in this cash-supply chain, by virtue of huge budgetary allocations and the nature of public works involved. The modus operandi in the well-oiled cash transfer mechanism involves allotting tenders for fake and real works to contractors close to the power that be and releasing money for no work or incomplete work.

Later the money would be rerouted to politicians and distributed to party functionaries, who mobilise voters by bribing them in cash or kind and herd them to the polling booth on the D day. Sadly, this how sections of people still vote in the largest democracy of the world.