The Chief Minister tried to sort out the issues dwelling between Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Deputy CM G Parameshwara and Tourism Minister Sa.Ra.Mahesh over the Sitharaman giving up her temper during her visit to the flood-hit Kodagu district on Friday. The Chief Minister personally called her, regretted for the issue and requested to forget the sour words and actions.
The Minister got irritated and expressed frustration when the Minister in charge of Kodagu, Mr Mahesh requested the Defense Minister to take up the meeting with waiting officials without much loss of time. Ms Sitharaman said that she could not avoid the waiting ex-Defence personnel whose welfare was her responsibility, too. Later the Ministry of Defense issued a statement which clarified the number of events during the Defence Minister’s visit to Kodagu.
The two-page letter tweeted by CM said:”Hon’ble Defence Minister was kind enough to extend all possible support to us when we sought help for rescue operations. She visited the flood-affected areas in Kodagu to understand the situation and to support the rehabilitation work to restore normalcy in the lives of people in the flood-ravaged Kodagu district.”
It said that the govt and district administration have guaranteed and followed the protocol despite the tough situation still it was unfortunate that the defence minister had to face certain inconvenience and it was regretful.
H.D. Kumaraswamy even shared that he had a conversation with the defence minister.
“I believe this is the time for all of us to forget the small differences and forgive each other and join hands for the rehabilitation of the flood affected people in Kodagu. The grave situation in the district warrants it. Let us not colour such incidents and be distracted from our fey focus. I look forward to the continued support of the central government and in particular of the Hon’ble Defence Minister.”
The Chief Minister holds a good relationship with Nirmala Sitharaman. She had even transferred 210 acres of Defence land in Bengaluru for infrastructure projects in exchange for land elsewhere in her earlier visit to the state.