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

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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

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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.

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