Chikkamagaluru: Congress MLA TD Rajegowda, representing the Sringeri Assembly Constituency in Chikkamagaluru, is under scrutiny after a video of him admitting to paying for work went viral on social media. In the video, Rajegowda states, “Even today, I pay for work. There is a big difference between bribes and tips,” sparking controversy and debates.
The state BJP shared the video on social media, alleging that MLAs need to be bribed for work in the government, which they consider an “ATM government.” They argue that Rajegowda’s statement confirms this. The video was originally recorded during a public contact program in Kere and Nemmaru gram panchayats, where the MLA discussed various issues with local officials.
The state BJP’s posting of the video aims to highlight corruption within the government and calls for the immediate removal of Sringeri MLA T.D. Rajegowda, citing circumstantial evidence and referring to a Supreme Court ruling. In response, Rajegowda defended his comments in the video, emphasizing that people in the Malnad region are known for their generosity and often provide tips as a token of appreciation when they receive efficient assistance. He stressed the distinction between tips and bribes and expressed his willingness to reward those who perform their duties diligently.
This video has triggered discussions about the differentiation between “tips” and “bribes” in government and public service interactions.