Prime News, Karnataka, Health, Disease, Mysuru, April 20:- Taking the state government to task, the Bharatiya Janata Party MLC A H Vishwanath on Tuesday (April 20) criticised Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and his Cabinet of ministers for the present state of affairs prevailing in the state following the second wave of coronavirus pandemic. “If every other decision has to be taken by the Chief Minister, why do we need a Cabinet at all?” He was talking to the media in Mysuru at the proposed meeting called by Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala on coronavirus.
Vishwanath said, “Apparently, the Governor has called for a meeting of ministers and the Opposition leaders in Bengaluru. This can happen only when an elected government fails in its attempt. Do we assume the state government has failed miserably? Despite the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) warning, we have not prepared for the pandemic situation. Soon after the first wave, ministers were busy making bills. The government has failed to meet the aspirations of the people. You are only busy holding meetings but what is the outcome “
The MLC said, “The coordination between the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Ministers is conspicuously absent which has led to a chaotic situation in the state. None of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers are ready to listen to the ministers. It is better to empower officials at the district-level for effective functioning.”
Lashing out at Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar for his comment that people are responsible for the spurt in coronavirus cases, Vishwanath said, “I don’t expect it from responsible ministers. Why do you blame the public and what is your role as a minister? Yediyurappa has been hospitalised and what are our Deputy Chief Ministers doing? We have three deputies who have a huge responsibility. The coronavirus patients are struggling without oxygen, beds and medicines and the situation can’t get worse than this. Though I am from the ruling party, my job is to point out what is wrong. The state government should wake up from the slumber at least now.” (MR/KS)