Karnataka ex-CM Kumaraswamy lit up his house using stolen electricity during Deepavali, alleges Congress | Bengaluru News

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU: The Karnataka Congress on Tuesday alleged that HD Kumaraswamy, the former chief minister and JD(S) state chief, unlawfully tapped into power sources to adorn his JP Nagar residence in Bengaluru with decorative lights for Deepavali celebrations.

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The governing party shared a video on social media platform X, accompanied by a statement, condemning Kumaraswamy, who is the son of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.
In response, Kumaraswamy argued that the responsibility did not lie with him but with a private decorator who connected the power directly from a nearby electricity pole.

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Upon learning of the situation, he promptly had the connection removed and arranged for the electricity to be sourced from the meter board of his residence, he stated.
“The lone honest person in the world H D Kumaraswamy’s JP Nagar residence was illumined with decorative lights with illegal power connection directly from the electric pole. It is a tragedy that such a poverty has struck a former CM to steal electricity!” the Congress said, taking a dig at him.
Continuing their criticism of Kumaraswamy, the party pointed out that the Congress government’s ‘Gruha Jyoti’ scheme provides 200 units of free electricity per month for residential connections, not 2,000 units.

‘Petty issue’

Kumaraswamy said: “I am sorry for this indiscretion. Let BESCOM (Bangalore Electricity Supply Company) officials come and inspect and issue a notice. I will pay the fine,” Kumaraswamy responded on X.
He hit out at the Congress for making a big deal out of a “petty issue”.

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“I have neither embezzled any state property, nor grabbed anyone’s land. I don’t have such thirst for wealth that it can be quenched by someone’s blood,” Kumaraswamy said.
Deputy chief minister DK Shivakumar mentioned that BESCOM (Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited) would take appropriate action.
He expressed uncertainty about the possibility of registering a case against Kumaraswamy.
In a taunting remark, the Congress stated, “If you were truly facing financial difficulties, you could have applied for the Gruha Jyoti scheme. Oh, but perhaps you were unaware that the Gruha Jyoti scheme only permits one electricity meter, while there are multiple meters registered in your name!”
“Despite power shortage in the state, measures were taken by us to provide seven hours electricity to the farmers; you are facing such a “drought” that you resort to such a cheap theft?
Didn’t you hold a press conference and say “Karnataka is in the dark” and now you have lit up your house with stolen electricity?” it added.
The party raised a pertinent question, questioning why Kumaraswamy was claiming that Karnataka was in the dark when his own residence was brightly illuminated with decorative lights.
They posed a series of rhetorical questions in a distinctive style, asking, “Do you find it necessary to illuminate your home while the state grapples with drought? Are you enjoying the act of diverting electricity intended for farmers? Is the ‘Diwali’ (indicating bankruptcy in Kannada) of the people intended to be celebrated as the ‘Deepavali festival’ in your house?”
With agency inputs


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