Sidda’s Son Re­signs, Points Fingers At Doc­tors Lobby

AICC to Guide Sidda on Cabi­net Reshuf­fle

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Yathin­dra says, “It is very dif­fi­cult to be Sid­dara­ma­iah’s son. I have never taken any help from him”

Ben­galuru: Ka r n a t a k a C M Sid­dara­ma­iah’s son Dr Yathin­dra re­signed from his post as di­rec­tor at the Ma­trix Imag­ing So­lu­tions on Fri­day, fol­low­ing the con­tro­versy over the com­pany get­ting a ten­dered con­tract to run a CT and MRI scan lab­o­ra­tory at the govern­ment-runVic­to­ri­aHospi­tal,at­tached to the Ban­ga­lore Med­i­cal Col­lege.

In an exclusive in­ter­ac­tion with ET ear­lier, he pointed a fin­ger at a lobby in the hospi­tal that he said wants to en­sure that this lab, which will charge much lessthanthe­mar­ke­trate­for­pro­ce­dures, is not set up.

The con­tro­versy was threat­en­ing to snow­ball into a ma­jor prob­lem for Sid­dara­ma­iah, with the BJP ac­cus­ing him of favour­ing his son in the con­tract. Congress gen­eral sec­re­tary in­charge of Kar­nataka Digvi­jaya Singh ad­vised Sid­dara­ma­iah to ask his son to re­sign fromthe­p­ost,whileCon­gres­sold-timers in Kar­nataka in­clud­ing B Ja­nard­han Poo­jary and K H Mu­niyappa pub­licly called the ten­der an im­pro­pri­ety.

The BJP has also raised a fresh con­tro­versy that of­fi­cials favoured Yathin­dra’s part­ner Dr Rajesh Gowda in ac­quir­ing land in Ben­galuru at low rates.

Yathin­dra told ET:“Itisvery­d­if­fi­cultto be Sid­dara­ma­iah’s son. I have never taken any help from him, have stud­ied and buil­tup­my­worken­tire­ly­on­merit.Ihave stayed away from po­lit­i­cal and pub­lic lime­light al­ways and am an in­tro­vert.”

Yathin­dra ex­pressed dis­tress that his a c t i o n s we r e re­flect­ing on Sid­dara­ma­iah. “My fa­ther told me it is up to me to re­sign or not. I wanted to re­sign as soon as the con­tro­versy broke out, but I was ad­vised against do­ing this as would look like I am ad­mit­ting to do­ing some­thing wrong. I do not want my ac­tions to af­fect my fa­ther po­lit­i­cally.”

Yathin­dra said he sus­pected that a group of doc­tors at the Vic­to­ria hospi­tal had raked up the con­tro­versy. “There is an at­tempt to stop our project as it will cause a loss for all the peo­ple who were send­ing pa­tients out make com­mis­sions. We will be pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties at much lower rates than even the Vic­to­ria’s ex­ist­ing lab. We are run­ning a 24x7 lab at Jayadeva hospi­tal in My­suru suc­cess­fully and we par­tic­i­pated in that ten­der just like this one...,” he stated.

He­saidthathe tookade­ci­sion­to­bepart of Ma­trix along with Rajesh Gowda, a ra­di­ol­o­gist, as the com­pany needed a pathol­o­gist. “I joined them in 2014 and at that­time,Itold­my­fa­therthatIwas­go­ing to be part of some bids for govern­ment hospi­tal projects, which is what the com­pany has been do­ing from 2009. We were not aware that there was any model code of con­duct­that­stopped­me­from­bid­ding. I have checked since and the code says it is ap­pli­ca­ble for de­pen­dents on him, which I am not. Legally, there is noth­ing wrong­with­whatwe­have­done.”

Kar­nataka’s med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Dr Sha­ran­prakash Patil said he had looked into the bid­ding process and le­gal pro­ce­dures had been fol­lowed. “I can­not com­ment on Dr Yathin­dra’s res­ig­na­tion, but I can­not can­cel the ten­der given to Ma­trix, as legally, there is noth­ing wrong in what has been done. If I stop the lab com­ing up now, any ci­ti­zen can file a case de­mand­ing to know why a project that gave 24x7 fa­cil­i­ties at less than mar­ket rates has not been al­lowed to func­tion. What do I say then?” he told ET.

Along with talks on ap­point­ment of a new PCC pres­i­dent in Kar­nataka, CM Sid­dara­ma­iah­will be soon re­quired to reshuf­fle his cabi­net team as well. The AICC will pro­vide in­puts to the CM on the changes in Cabi­net and he is ex­pected to reach Delhi soon to dis­cuss the mat­ter with the Congress pres­i­dent, said a source.—

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