Nothing wrong in reserving Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000 cr for Muslim welfare: K’taka CM

Siddaramaiah slams BJP and the media for focusing on one part of his statement, neglecting the broader context.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah (Photo: National Herald archives)
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah (Photo: National Herald archives)


Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday asserted that there is nothing wrong in allocating Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000 crore for the welfare of minority community in the state budget.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah made the statement in response to a media query at the Suvarna Soudha.

Earlier, at a Muslim convention on Monday evening at Hubballi, the CM had announced that he would reserve an amount of Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 crore for the welfare of the community.

"What's wrong in that statement?” the CM wondered.

Addressing the BJP's objection to his statement about protecting Muslims in the state, Siddaramaiah clarified, "I have stated that protection will be given to all, including Muslims."

He expressed dissatisfaction with the media for potentially highlighting only one part of his statement and neglecting the broader context.

When questioned about BJP's criticism regarding farmers awaiting compensation amid drought conditions and him being busy with appeasing Muslims, Siddaramaiah criticised the media for adding "salt and pepper" to the statements and framing questions in a biased manner.

He asserted that his original statement encompassed protection for all communities in the government.

CM Siddaramaiah mentioned that a Rs 50 lakh cheque is ready and will be handed over to Capt M.V. Pranjal's family soon.

BJP Bengaluru MP Tejasvi Surya had criticised the Congress government for not providing a respectful honorarium to the family of Capt Pranjal, who was killed in an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on November 22.

He faced criticism over forgetting the name of martyr Capt Pranjal during an interview.

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