AICC Advises Sidda to Make Son Quit Co
Congress also wants Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to order an inquiry to clear the air over the controversial govt contract
New Delhi: The Congress central leadership has asked Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah to make his son quit the board of directors of Matrix Imaging Solutions, the companythatwasawardedacontract for setting up a diagnostic laboratory inside the premises of governmentowned Bangalore Medical College. The AICC also wants the chief minister to order an inquiry to clear the air against charges of nepotism.
“I had a telephonic talk with chief minister Siddaramaiahji today. I have suggested to the chief minister to consider his son resigning as director of the company that has got the contract to set by a laboratory. I have also advised the chief minister to order an inquiry to clear the air,” AICC general secretary in-charge of Kar nataka, Digvijaya Singh told ET.
Singh, however, termed the controversy as “politically motivated” and defended the chief minister’s claim that the contract was granted to the company through a transparent process. “There is no controversy in the whole thing. The chief minister has already clarified that the contract has been given in a transparent manner. Only political opponents of the Congress are trying to rake up an unnecessary and politically-motivated controversy,” Singh said, while explaining his ‘advice’ to the chief minister was meant to cl e a r t he a i r i n vi ew o f t he Opposition raking up the issue.
This is the second controversy the
Karnataka chief minister, otherwise known for his clean image, has got himself into. A few weeks back the Opposition targeted him for wearing “a watch worth Rs 75 lakh.” Though Siddaramaiah denied the Opposition charge, he eventually opted to end the controversy by donating the watch, which he said was gifted to him, to the government. While the AICC clearly wanted an early end to the latest controversy, Congress circles are keenly watching how the issue will play out in the coming days. The timing of the controversy is also important for two reasons: It comes within days of BJP making Yeddyurappa the state party chief to lead the saffron party for the 2018 state assembly polls and the Congress chief minister is facing increasing dissidence from entrenched sections of the state party unit. I have suggested to the chief minister to consider his son resigning as director of the company that has got the contract to set by a laboratory. I have also advised the chief minister to order an inquiry to clear the air. DIGVIJAYA SINGH, AICC general secretary
BJP President Amit Shah, party leader Ram Madhav and J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti in New Delhi on Thursday.