In a country where millions of people are living below the poverty level, JD(S) State President (Karnataka) HD Kumaraswamy’s accusation of the Karnataka Chief Minister C M Siddaramaiah wearing shoes worth Rs 70,000, has raised many eyebrows. Earlier, he drew severe flak from the Opposition parties for wearing Rs 80 lakh worth Hublot watch. Calling Siddaramaiah a pretender and a hypocrite, the JD(S) State president said, “The man wears shoes which cost Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000 and calls opposition parties pretentious.” Kumaraswamy did not, however, elaborate on the brand of footwear preferred by the chief minister.
Last week Kumaraswamy was attacked by the Karnataka chief minister for being pretentious by going and staying in villages under the Gram Vastavya scheme while enjoying comforts provided to him by his follower. The CM also claimed that Kumaraswamy would have a commode and a bedding secretly at night to the village where he had put up.
The tiff between Kumaraswamy and the state government started earlier when the former accused the latter for utilizing the transport department check-posts to shelter rowdy elements and extort Rs 200 crore every month from truckers. Kumaraswamy said that despite the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) centrally, the state check-posts were still under operation, extorting hefty amounts from the trucks. He alleged:
Moreover, these check-posts have been deployed with four rowdies to extort money from truckers every day.
He did not stop there and further said that each check-post collects around Rs 35 lakhs on a daily basis, with the entire scam worth not less than Rs 1,000 crore.
The ex-Chief Minister further claimed:
While Ramalinga Reddy claimed that most of these check-posts have been shutdown, all vehicles going out of Karnataka and those coming into the state are being stopped to extort money.
Kumaraswamy also said that this money collected is being utilized to fund Congress Party’s election poll campaign.