Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Shettar who is campaigning for BJP candidate for West Graduates constituency, said Siddaramaiah is claiming that he would be the next chief minister of the state and Soumya is taking Shivakumar’s name for the post. What is Soumya’s opinion about Siddaramaiah? Shettar quipped.
On the prospects of the BJP candidate retaining the seat in the West Graduates Constituency, Shettar said the Congress and JD(S) are divided houses, and that the BJP will romp home comfortably. He said the JD(S) which had fielded a candidate for the election from the constituency has asked his candidate to retire, and has supported an independent. It shows the JD(S) has no courage to face the electorate, he asserted.
Replying to a question, Shettar said no final decision has been taken on reopening of the schools and colleges for the academic year 2020-2021, and a discussion is on whether to postpone the reopening of educational institutions for a year or for three months. An appropriate decision will be taken after careful consideration of the situation and taking the opinions of parents, academicians, school authorities and other stakeholders, he added.
To another question on a delay in the Centre releasing funds to provide relief to the flood-affected people in the state, Shettar replied that the state government has sent necessary proposals with all details, and is awaiting funds from the Centre. Meanwhile, the relief is being provided to the affected people from the state government, he said.