Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa will hold discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Union ministers over the next two days to seek assistance for flood relief efforts and also about the formation of his cabinet.
Hit by one of its worst calamities in over 45 years, Yediyurappa has been trying to mobilise funds for relief efforts in over 22 affected districts of the state that has witnessed heavy rainfall, flooding, human and animal deaths, and loss of property and livelihood.
The chief minister has been trying to mobilise funds by offering incentives to industrialists and businessmen as well as asking people to donate for rehabilitation efforts across Belagavi, Uttara Kannada, Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu--some of the worst affected districts--and other parts of the state.
The extent of the destruction is becoming apparent after rains subsided over the state.
So far, there have been 62 human and 867 animal deaths and 14 people are missing. Over 100 talukas in 22 districts have been affected, 697,948 people have been evacuated and 51,460 animals rescued, according to state disaster management authorities. About 5.35 lakh hectares of agricultural land has been affected 71,234 houses have been damaged.
According to Yediyurappa’s tour plans, he will meet Modi at 10 am on Friday, followed by a meeting with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and then Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. Yediyurappa will stay over in Delhi on Friday and conduct more meetings on Saturday. It remains unclear whether he will meet Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah to discuss his cabinet expansion. Yediyurappa took oath almost three weeks ago but has been operating without a cabinet. The chief minister returned empty handed from Delhi last week even though a delegation of state BJP leaders met Modi and other senior party leaders in the national capital.
The opposition in Karnataka has targeted the BJP government in the state for its handling of the natural disaster.
Congress legislator and former minister Priyank Kharge on Thursday hit out at the government for breaking protocol on Independence Day.