On Sunday, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai lambasted former CM Siddaramaiah for allegedly enjoying political dividends on the strategies of the Central government during his tenure.
During the Congress regime, Bommai said the rice for the ‘Anna Bhagya’ scheme was given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but it was filled in sacks and distributed by the then CM Siddaramaiah. “It was a typical ‘Siddaramaiah’s jathra,” he said.
Speaking after inaugurating the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Jan Sankalp Yatra at Koppa in Chikmagalur, he said the Congress party, which ruled for 75 years, had given piped water to only 25 lakh households.
Bommai said, “Those who could not give water ruled them and such people cannot help people to lead life. Siddaramaiah ruled the State for five years but did not do anything. He shut Lokayukta and started the Anti-Corruption Bureau only to file ‘B’ reports in over 50 cases. This was the style of the Congress Government. Why did they not start a medical college in Chikmagalur?”
“Let us vow to remove the Congress government from the roots and throw it out. The time has come to build New India from New Karnataka. The people must make up their minds to vote bank BJP to power in the State,” said the Chief Minister.
Bommai said that the present government has given importance to the education sector, due to which it has begun the construction of 8,000 Viveka classrooms in a year. A residential school named after Brahmashree Narayan Guru, hostels for SC/ST students and 50 Kanakdas hostels for backward classes. He said Karnataka has a double-engine government and has built 6,000 km of national highways, built ports, and launched Jal Jeevan Mission. Tap water has been supplied to 30 lakh houses in just one year.
The CM said that the government has decided to upgrade the government hospital in Sringeri to 100 beds. He assured me that the construction of the hospital building would start within two months. Referring to the issues of coffee growers, Bommai said, “I am aware of the problems of encroachment in the Malnad region and the Department of Revenue will soon find out a solution to the problems of Coffee growers. A sum of Rs 5.8 crore has been released for repairs of bad roads and another Rs 5 crore additional grant was released on Saturday.”
He said Datta Peeta is a temple of feelings in this region and MLA CT Ravi has sent off a long-drawn battle to offer puja in this temple. A reasonable solution will be available soon. He said money has been reserved in the state budget to fabricate a ropeway between Mullaiyanagiri and Dattapeeta.
The menace of wild elephants, Bommai said, the government is aware of the menace of elephants in the region, and new technology is being used to solve the problem. In case of death in an elephant attack, a compensation of Rs 15 lakh is given. He said that Elephant Task Force has been formed to prevent human-elephant conflict in four districts.