Social media pleas are common in this day and age, but a viral video of a school student has forced Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy to take cognisance of the problems faced by the residents of Kodagu due to heavy rainfall.
Kalera Fateh, an eighth standard student, accused the CM of meting out “injustice” as he failed to announce any grants for the Kodagu region during the recently-announced Budget.
"When there is this much rain, it is a benefit to Mandya, Mysore and even Madras. So, therefore, you have to give relief to Kodagu first. But, you have left Kodagu like an orphaned child when it is actually the place where the Cauvery originates. The relentless rain has destroyed rice, coffee, pepper, areca nut crops. The heavy rains have forced elephants to move, due to which crops have been damaged. The roads are full of trucks stranded due to the rain,” Kalera said.
He further added that Kumaraswamy has been unjust to Kodagu by not sanctioning grants to the region in the Budget he recently presented and added that the chief minister should treat all districts equally.
“In spite of knowing all this, you have neglected our district in the Budget and that is disappointing,” he said.
Reacting to the video, CM HD Kumaraswamy had said that he will visit the region soon and take stock of the damages and losses caused due to the rain.
“I had told KG Bopaiah (Virajpet MLA) in the Vidhana Sabha that I will come to Kodagu for two days and understand your pain. Did the 70-year old problem start two months ago? In seventy years, the government should have fixed the problems right? Now you are telling me. It has not been even two months since I came to power. Should you not give an opportunity?” HDK replied.
“My ideas are different. How long will you deter me with stories like this? How long can you oppose me like this? Let me start. I won't spend my time on the third floor of Vidhana Soudha. I will spend my time with the people,” he added.
In the same video, Kalera asked BJP state president and Leader of Opposition B S Yeddyurappa to take up the issue of farmers in the Karnataka Assembly.
“Yeddyurappa, it does not matter if you shout inside Vidhan Sabha or outside. Go to Modi and get a solution for this,” he added.