Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah faced criticism after, during an interview, he seemed to forget the name of Captain MV Pranjal, who was killed during an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on November 22.
The Karnataka Chief Minister also appeared to forget when the compensation amount was announced for the Captain’s family.
When asked about the timeline of the compensation, Siddaramaiah asked the reporters about who announced the compensation and when.
BJP MP Tejasvi Surya reacted to this incident in a post on X, calling it “unfortunate”.
Surya wrote, “It’s truly unfortunate to see a CM being so arrogant and ungrateful towards Captain Pranjal’s sacrifice. Your callous reference to Captain Pranjal and forgotten promise speaks richly about how casually you see such sacrifices.”
The BJP leader said that he had requested compensation the same night Captain Pranjal’s mortal remains arrived in Bangalore. The compensation was announced by the official as reported by the media, Surya wrote in his post.
However, until two days ago, when the BJP leader called Captain Pranjal’s parents to enquire, no official from the state government had reached out to the family, he added.
Captain Pranjal, the 29-year-old from 63 Rashtriya Rifles, lost his life during an exchange of fire with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri.
At the time, Siddaramaiah, expressing grief, had announced Rs 50 lakh compensation to the martyr’s family.