Sons Prove to be the Achilles Heel for Chief Ministers of Karnataka
Siddaramaiah is accused of nepotism in awarding contract of a lab to son
Bengaluru: Sons have turned out to betheAchillesheelforchief ministers of Karnataka, as the incumbent, Siddaramaiah, is finding out. His son, Yathindra, is just the latest among those whose actions have reflected on their fathers.
Siddaramaiah is accused of nepotismintheawardingof acontractfora lab at the government-run Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru to a company, where Yathindra was a director. Yathindra has resigned from the post, butthecontracthasnotbeencancelled.
“Siddaramaiah should have cancelled the tender involving his son’s companyassoonasthemattercameto light. Yathindra might have resigned from the company, but that does not stophimfrombeingasleepingpartner or counter the charges of nepotism,” politicalanalystSMahadevaPrakash said. Prakash said the earliest case of a CM dealing with disrepute over his son was that of Veerendra Patil in 1970, when his son Kailashnath, who later become a Congress MLA, was sent on a government-sponsored trip to Japan for an expo. “Kailashnath was running a small printing press, buthewassentonthetripasoneof the youths representing Karnataka.
Opposition leaders like D Devaraj Urs,RGunduRaoandotherstookserious exception to this and there was a mass movement called Expo Chaluvali against it. It was the first step to the downfall of the Veerendra Patil government then,” he told ET. This was followed by Veerendra Patil’s close friend, Ramakrishna Hegde, in 1985.