Defiant of the exorbitant lifestyle in Bengaluru while governing and the amenities set up in drought-stricken villages during his 'village stay', Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, on Tuesday has said that how he lives is his prerogative adding that he does not need to give any explanation to his BJP counterparts. He also asked why the media was interfering in his personal issues, as he had not billed any expenditure to the government.
"Have I given any expenditure bill to the government? That is my personal issue. Why are there questions about my personal activities? I am not interested to get a certificate from BJP friends. I will work according to my conscience." he said, addressing reporters.
In a massive expose, on June 20, Republic TV had uncovered that Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy has been operating from the Taj West End Hotel since May 2018.
After swearing-in as the chief minister of Karnataka on 23 May 2018, HD Kumaraswamy had refused to take up residence in the government accommodation.
Following this, Republic TV had accessed the visuals of the exclusive renovation done in the bathroom of the house Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy stayed at during his 'village' stay in Yadgir, which is a drought-ridden district in the state.
Visuals show that ahead of Kumaraswamy's village stay to 'bridge the gap' between the elite and the poor, Gurmitkal taluk in drought-ridden Yadgir district gets a facelift. Visuals show new sanitary fittings being fixed in the newly renovated bathroom in the drought-hit area which has no access to water.
Politicians from both sides of the aisle have condemned Kumaraswamy's opulence, particularly at a time where the state is going through a severe drought and the political factions are in a disarray.
Taking to Twitter on Friday morning, BJP Karnataka wrote that huge amount of Taxpayers money is being spent on "image make-over of Kumaraswamy", adding that amount of money spent on the Karnataka CM's village trip which includes his luxury food, stay, travel, cultural programs and advertisements could have been spent on the development of that village.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Verappa Moily said: "The chief minister must concentrate on administration. I think this holds good to ministers' as well. They must respond to the problems faced by people. This is one of the reasons for the Lok Sabha debacle. Government unresponsiveness is also one of the reasons."
The Congress-JD(S) coalition has seen major controversy during the poll campaign where Congress leaders and JD(S) openly questioned each other's authority. There have also been instances where Congress leader Siddaramaiah has questioned Kumaraswamy's skill to be the Chief Minister as growing dissent among the Congress MPs have also lead to defection. Kumaraswamy has also taken many potshots at Siddaramaiah openly when reports of him wanting to be chief minister again came out.
Adding to their woes, in a setback to the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka in 2019 elections, the BJP swept 25 parliamentary constituencies out of a total of 28, leaving Congress to one seat. The Congress and JD(S) coalition, which won 117 seats combined, is currently in power in the Karnataka State Assembly managing a slim margin over the BJP's 104 seats.