Cong MLAs in Bengaluru protest for being left out of Yediyurappa's city inspection tour
Congress MLA Sowmya Reddy said that the Yediyurappa's city inspection tour was done in the presence of BBMP officials and BJP leaders, but not single MLA of congress was informed about the same.
Jayanagar MLA Sowmya Reddy claimed that Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa's inspection of Bengaluru's IT corridors on Sunday, were done in the presence of BJP leaders and BBMP officials, including mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun.
Sowmya Reddy said: "Congress MLAs has not been invited to meetings related to Bengaluru's development. No Congress MLA was involved in the inspection tour on Sunday and this is unfortunate because the BJP should not come in the way of development in this way. The Chief Minister is leading the state and not just BJP legislators and corporators. Are they saying that issues like potholes and garbage are only in constituencies represented by the BJP?" Sowmya added by saying that "There is one woman MLA and in the inspection tour. Apart from the mayor, all others were men,” she said.
Sowmya Reddy won from Jayanagar constituency, which was considered to be BJP's stronghold. Sowmya's win means she is the only woman MLA to be elected in Bengaluru alongside 27 men who won earlier.
Sowmya's claims were also supported by Shanthinagar MLA NA Harris. He said: "The Chief Minister should call us since we are also representatives of the people of our constituencies. We should be asking why Congress MLAs were not informed (about the inspection) since we are also responsible for the civic amenities of the city,".
However, on Women representative statement Malavika asked to Somaya that "In terms of civic administration of Bengaluru, 50% of councillors in the BBMP are women and the mayor is also a woman. So, where is the question of women representation coming from?".
Sowmya incountered Malavika's statement by saying : "While women are represented in terms of numbers, how many of these women work independently?"