Karnataka Minority Affairs Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan’s love to flaunt at the expense of public money has again made headlines with his new demand for a bigger bungalow after rejecting the Toyota Innova allocated to him as he was “used to it”.
Last month, the minister demanded a Toyota Fortuner stating that he was used to travelling in big cars since childhood. The Food minister was allocated Toyota Innova by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) which he called a small car, demanding Fortuner that former CM Siddaramaiah used.
After the minister came under fire, he clarified that he had demanded Fortuner as he was “accustomed” to cars that are big.
BJP spokesman S Prakash had said that Khan should not even take car allotted by the government as he owns more than 100 luxury buses.
“He owns over 100 luxury buses. Kumaraswamy (chief minister) wants to implement austerity measures. Khan has to serve the people of Karnataka, a majority of whom are poor or middle class. The minister should reduce his luxury,” Prakash was quoted by a TV channel as saying.
When other ministers were asked about Khan’s demand of a Fortuner, they were seen defending the lavish demand saying that there was nothing wrong in a minister requesting for a particular type of vehicle.
And on being asked why Siddramaiah’s car was sought by the minister, Khan had said that he wants to be recognised as a minister while travelling.
Last month, the minister had sparked another controversy regarding the renaming of Haj Bhavan. He had suggested the Bhavan be named after Tipu Sultan. The decision was revoked after BJP’s opposition but the minister was in the headlines all the time.
Later, the Karnataka government announced that the Haj Bhavan will be named after former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.