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.
The Karnataka CM has been accused of wearing shoes worth Rs 70,000. Wikipedia
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.
H.D. Kumaraswamy has also accused the state gov of extorting money from trucks at the checkposts. The News Minute
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.