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

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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