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Siddramaiah Pours Cold Water On Gold For Karnataka Lawmakers Plan

17 October 2017

Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka): Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.B. It was also said Siddaramaiah-led Karnataka Government proposed gold biscuits and silver gifts for the state legislators as gift.

As per the reports, it was mentioned that the Karnataka government has issued a proposal worth Rs 26.87 crore to gift gold biscuits and silver plates to MLAs and MLCs.

Koliwada on Monday refuted reports of a proposal of distributing gold coins and silver plates to MLAs and MLCs being passed by him.

As part of the celebrations, it has proposed to gift gold biscuits, each costing about Rs 50,000 to legislators. The speaker said that while close to Rs 26 crore is being spent for the Vidhan Soudha celebrations, the expenditure would also include cultural programmes.

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"We have sent a proposal...there are various things in it".

Sources in the Chief Minster's office, however, confirmed there was indeed such a plan. The BJP will not accept the gold biscuit. JD (S) MLC KT Srikante Gowda said: "All MLCs are opposed to this kind of ostentatious expenses."Opposition legislators have said such expenses should not be made, while Congress MLC Rizwan Arshad, one of AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi's protégés, has written a formal letter to Koliwad asking him to "reduce the expenditure on the event and spend the money instead on some good objective". "This kind of proposal is just not acceptable to us and there is no need to spend such money for such things".

"And if any of the other expenses don't meet approval, we will drop that". "I will definitely convey my objection to the chief minister", said Dinesh Gundu Rao, working president of the Karnataka Congress Committee.

The decision was taken after a meeting between the CM and the Speaker.

Siddramaiah Pours Cold Water On Gold For Karnataka Lawmakers Plan