The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company on Tuesday registered a case against former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy after the Congress in Karnataka accused him of drawing power illegally to illuminate his JP Nagar residence here for Deepavali.
The case was registered by the Vigilance Wing of BESCOM at its Vigilance Police Station under section 135 of the Indian Electricity Act (Theft of electricity).
Earlier, the ruling Congress posted a video along with a statement on social media platform X, criticising the JD(S) leader and son of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.
In his response, Kumaraswamy said it was not his fault but of a private decorator who gave the connection directly from a nearby electricity pole. When he got to know, he immediately got it removed and took the electricity connection from the meter board of the house, he said. “The lone honest person in the world H D Kumaraswamy’s JP Nagar residence was illuminated 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.
Further taking a swipe at Kumaraswamy, the party said the Congress government’s ‘Gruha Jyoti’ scheme offers 200 units of free electricity a month for residential connections and not 2,000 units.
“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”.
Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar said BESCOM will initiate action. The Congress taunted earlier: “If you were so poverty stricken, then you should have applied for the Gruha Jyoti scheme. Oh, you didn’t know that only one electricity meter is allowed under the Gruha Jyoti scheme whereas there are many meters 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 ruling party sought to know why he was saying that Karnataka was in the dark when his house was shining with decorative lights! ”To ask a question your own style – Do you need to light up your home when the state is facing drought? Do you want to have fun stealing electricity meant for the farmers? Do you want the ‘Diwali’ (referring to bankruptcy in Kannada) of people for ‘Deepavali festival’ in your house?” the Congress asked.