Just over a week after his appointment, Karnataka Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav has got the whole state talking, and not for the right reasons. A video clipping of him running up two floors flights of stairs has gone viral, prompting criticism from both the ruling and opposition parties.
On Friday, Jadhav was to attend a meeting of the parliamentary committee, headed by Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker M Thambidurai, which was in Karnataka to review the utilization of funds under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS).
Jadhav however, arrived a little late for the meeting in Vidhan Soudha that apparently lasted only 15 minutes. In a bid to avoid journalists’ questions on his late arrival, Jadhav not only raced up two flights of stairs to reach his office on the third floor, but also locked himself up.
This came as shocker for many journalists, who followed the chief secretary to his office and videotaped the scene.
Not just that, Jadhav had also promised a luncheon for the MPs. But his absence at both the meeting and the luncheon he was to host had irked many MPs.
Times of India quoted Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan saying, “The chief secretary should have deputed someone to welcome the panel members at the lunch. This courtesy was not extended.”
Following this chief minister Siddharamaiah issued a notice saying that Jadhav had set a wrong precedent.
“No matter how busy the chief secretary was, he should have made it a point to arrive at the meeting on time. This is an important committee. Ironically, even the presiding officers of the Legislative Assembly and Council were not there to welcome the Deputy Speaker Thambidurai,” read the notice.
Committee members might move a breach-of-privilege motion against Jadhav for his absence at their meeting, reported TOI.