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Opposition Leader Siddaramaiah Slams BJP Govt, Demands Session on Floods (File Picture)

Karnataka Opposition Leader Siddaramaiah says an assembly session should be convened at the earliest to discuss farmers’ issues as the state reels under floods.

Senior Congress and opposition leader Siddaramaiah, on Sunday, demanded the state assembly to convene a special session to discuss the flood situation in Karnataka.

Targeting BJP-led government which are grappling with corruption allegations in the state, Siddaramaiah also asked for compensation for the farmers at the earliest and added that the issue should be discussed in an assembly session.

In a series of tweets, he outlined the damage that the floods have caused and said, “Based on one estimate, approximately 6.5 lakh acres of crops have been damaged. ₹1,500 Cr worth of crops have been damaged & more than 1700 houses have been destroyed.”

He further added that the Congress-led government had provided relief package to the farmers in the past and demands the Karnataka government to take similar steps. “Farmers cannot get their due share if Central govt guidelines are followed. Our govt had give ₹25,000 per hectare as compensation. Similar package has to be announced. What can we expect from @BJP4Karnataka which had failed to compensate even last year?”, he tweeted.

He took a jab at Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa and said, “How can there be law and order in a state where CM is facing 27 criminal charges?”

On Saturday, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced a compensation of Rs 25,000 for every family affected by flooding caused due to torrential rains in several parts of the city. He was visiting flood-affected Hosakerehalli and nearby areas, where he said the cheques will be distributed to every affected house from Oct 24.

Torrential rains in Karnataka has created havoc in many areas of the state. In areas Shivamogga and Bagalkot, rains have caused extensive damage to harvested paddy and other crops in the district. Paddy field was submerged at Hindlemane village in Humcha Hobli area of Shivamogga district due to heavy rainfall in the region. Low lying areas and the major roads in the Kalaburgi district of Karnataka were submerged. The roads leading to the village of Jambaga and Kalaburgi Taluk has caved in. The impact of the road caving in has left the nearby farmlands completely inundated a mountain to huge losses for the farmers. According to government data, Karnataka has suffered a loss of Rs 8,071 crore due to the floods.

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