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Let’s take a poll and let the people decide: DK Shivakumar, the leader of the Karnataka Congress, has challenged the Yediyurappa government.

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New Delhi, India: Aimed directly at the BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government for failing to deal effectively with the flood crisis, state Congress chief D K Shivakumar said on Sunday (July 25) that the BJP does not understand how to serve the people and challenged the saffron party to contest elections and win a new mandate.

“In addition, the BJP lacks the honour and capability to rule the state, and they are unable to provide for the needs of the people…

When there is difficulty, and people are dying and losing their homes, this government has completely failed to deliver. Please come out and vote, so that we can elect a new administration “As reported by the Press Trust of India, Shivakumar said

“Let’s put it in front of the people and let them make the decision,” he continued.

According to the president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), the state’s ruling BJP government has been unable to pay compensation to flood victims for the past two years because of financial constraints.

Additionally, Shivakumar expressed concern about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s absence from the state while officials were assessing the flood situation. He inquired, “The prime minister did not come (to assess the flood situation in the state). If the prime minister did not come, why didn’t they (the centre) at the very least provide financial assistance? Why didn’t these MPs (25 BJP members) leave (asking for compensation) and what happened to these MPs are still mysteries.”

Earlier on Sunday, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa announced that floods in Belgavi have affected approximately 113 villages and seven taluqs, as a result of the region’s heavy rains. In an interview with the media following a visit to rescue shelters in Nippani and Sankeshwara, he further stated that a total of 19,035 people have been relocated to 89 rescue shelters and 8,975 people have been relocated to shelter homes, according to the news agency ANI.

An estimated total of seven NDRF teams and fifteen SDRF teams have been dispatched to rescue operations in Shimoga, Uttara Kannada and Belagavi. They are being supported by the police force, fire departments, emergency services, and the navy helicopter, according to him.

“In addition, I have assured the district administration that additional funds will be made available for the affected roads and bridges. I’ve directed that emergency repairs be completed as quickly as possible, and that more temporary roads be constructed. We also anticipate receiving additional funds from the centre “he explained.

Several regions of Karnataka have been battered by torrential rains for the fourth year in a row, resulting in floods and landslides in several locations.

(With agency inputs)

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