Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who has been trying to mop up funds with his padayatras in his home state, knocked on the doors of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh himself desperately seeking funds for the flood ravaged state that has rendered nearly two million homeless after last fortnight’s torrential rains. The loss due to the natural calamity is estimated to be nearly Rs 19,000 crore.
Yeddyurappa met Singh, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee giving them a detailed memorandum about the flood havoc in Karnataka and sought central assistance for relief and rehabilitation works. Although the state unit of the JD-S and the Congress refused to accompany the Karnataka CM citing some reasons, Yeddyurappa cocked a snook at the Karnataka state Congress leadership when he managed to rope in central ministers from the state and senior Congress leaders M. Veerappa Moily, M. Mallikharjuna Kharge, KH Muniyappa to be a part of the team that met the PM at his South Block office on Tuesday evening. Karnataka Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath helped prepare the detailed 100-odd page detailed memorandum that was given to the Central government.