Cong failed to respond to the plight of farmers of Northern Karnataka: Bommai

Thomas (Special correspondent) 

Hitting the campaign mode for the Legislative Council poll,Chief Minister,Basavaraj Bommai intensified his attack on Opposition Congress by accusing the grand old party of failing to respond to the plight of farmers of Northern Karnataka when it was in power.

Participating in the ‘Jan Swaraj’ Yatra organised by BJP in the backdrop of Council poll in Koppala, Bommai reminded the people of Congress’ padayatra ‘March of Congress towards Krishna’ taken out with a promise of spending Rs10,000cr annually and Rs50,000cr during their 5 year term to complete all the irrigation projects in Krishna river basin,Bommai said none of the works in the basin were taken up.

Congress betrayed the people of Northern Karnataka,Bommai said.

It is a matter of some consolation that the present BJP government provided Rs.2100cr for modernisation of Tungabhadra Left Bank canal, he said.

Referring to construction of a balancing reservoir to Tungabhadra Dam as the capacity of the dam has been reduced due to accumulation of silt, the Bommai said,the Detailed Project Report had been prepared for the project at a cost of Rs20cr.All measures would be taken to fulfil this long pending demand of the farmers of the region,

Congress did not care to take up irrigation projects for Koppala.None of its ministers bothered to care for the projects, he said.

BJP’s commitment for the development of Northern Karnataka is further amplified by the decision of former Chief Minister,BS Yediyurappa to rename the Hyderabad-Karnataka region as Kalyana Karnataka befitting the region which is the land of social reformer Basavanna.

Our government has decided to provide Rs3000cr for the development of Kalyana Karnataka region,” Bommai said.

“Our government is committed to build a secure and prosperous Karnataka. I have resolved to take the benefits of the government to the weakest sections of the society and enable them to lead a life of dignity,” Bommai assured.

He listed a slew of programmes including Amrith to improve rural infrastructure, health services, welfare of SC/ST communities. He assured speedy completion of Rice Park and Horticulture Technology park in Koppala he added.