Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:30:00 GMT | By IANS

Congress completes one month in office with minor hiccups

Both the chief minister and the party seem to be lucky, at least for now, as even the ministry formation did not lead to a major crisis

Congress completes one month in office with minor hiccups (© Reuters)

Bangalore: Karnataka's Congress government has completed one month in office without major mishaps but with some loss of face as it did not keep its word to launch an ambitious cheap rice scheme for the poor from June 1.

The embarrassment is more for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at the personal level as he had announced the scheme's launch date shortly after assuming office May 13. He had taken the oath alone and inducted his ministers two weeks later.

The announcement, even before the ministry was formed, had led to grumbling in the party that Siddaramaiah was trying to hog all the limelight. However, the discontent did not build up as the focus of even those upset with him over the issue was on becoming a minister.

The opposition parties too, have not made much of the issue, though the scheme would now take off only by July 10, as no election is round the corner.

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