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Speaking to presspersons today, Mr. Made Gowda, a former Congress MP from Mandya, said that though the elections to the Legislative Assembly were one year away, the two parties were taking out yatras and had begun to campaign. At no time in the past had a political party taken up electioneering a year prior to the polls. He told the Government to utilise the remaining one year of its term to redress the grievances of the people. Mr. Made Gowda compared the ministers to vultures, and called them rapacious and corrupt. They had filled their own coffers at the expense of the people, he alleged.
Mr. Made Gowda's criticism follows the attack of the Congress MP, C.K. Jaffer Sharief, on the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, and some ministers. However, the former has quit the Congress. Mr. Made Gowda criticised the Government for spending Rs. 5 crore on making arrangements for the visit of the AICC President, Sonia Gandhi, to Yelandur (Chamarajanagar district) and Tumkur district last month. The Government, which was stating that it had no funds to sink borewells in villages, had squandered a large amount on the visit. People were brought in vehicles to attend Ms. Gandhi's meetings and given free and sumptuous food. The Chief Minister had deluded himself into believing that the people were happy under his administration. He had spoken of a sparkle in the eyes and a smile on the faces of the people who came to meet him during his Janaspandana Yatra. "It may be that they were taken in by the fair complexion of the Chief Minister,'' Mr. Made Gowda remarked.
The farmers' leader said that what Mr. Krishna had been saying was contrary to the observations of the Lokayukta, Justice N. Venkatachala. After raiding government offices in Mandya district for a week and bringing to light corruption, the former Supreme Court judge had expressed his dismay over the implementation of various government programmes. Mr. Krishna should pay attention to what the Lokayukta had said.
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