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Krishna confesses to `pressure' by Bangarappa

By Our Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA, APRIL 13. The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, said here today that he had taken certain decisions related to Shimoga district under "pressure'' from the former Chief Minister, S. Bangarappa.

When presspersons told him that there had been an impression in political circles that he had acted under "pressure" from Mr. Bangarappa on some decisions, including the appointment of Venkatesh Gowda as the Chairman of the Shimoga Urban Development Authority (SUDA), he said: "Yes, I confess that I acted under pressure from Mr. Bangarappa."

Asked if his "attack" on Mr. Bangarappa during his election meetings held in different parts of the district on Monday was excessive, the Chief Minister justified it saying that he referred to Mr. Bangarappa only in the district and not elsewhere. He was an important leader of the district and "we cannot wish him away because of this," he added.

On Mr. Bangarappa's complaint that he was not made a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) whereas junior leaders such as the Minister for Women and Child Development, Motamma, had been appointed to it, Mr. Krishna said the membership of the committee was a position of honour and dignity and it could not be secured by pestering or lobbying. "It is given to those who deserve it," he said. To a question if he would treat the inauguration of McGann Hospital here by the social worker and leader of Kagodu Satyagraha, H. Ganapathiappa, as an official one, Mr. Krishna said that he would adhere to the stand of the Health Minister, Kagodu Thimmappa, who had not approved of it.

When told that pre-poll surveys had not predicted a favourable outcome for his party in the coming elections, Mr. Krishna said: "Let us enjoy reading pre-poll surveys till the elections are over. You will know the real position on May 13 when the results will be announced.''

Asked if his announcement that he would invite members of the Shimoga Citizens' Welfare Federation for talks after April 26 on the implementation of the Self-Assessment Scheme amounted to the violation of the model code of conduct, he said: "I have not made any earthshaking statement. How can it be a violation of the code? What he had announced was of immediate concern to the people.

He said that he would consider a plea for the extension of deadline to pay the tax. He would look into the problem in the supply of midday meals to anganawadi children, he added.

On the allegation that the district was not being considered for the development of information technology, the Chief Minister clarified that the Government had little role to play in it. "IT should be allowed to grow in a natural way without the Government's intervention.'' he said.

Mr. Thimmappa said the Government was not in a position to revive the private sugar factory here as it was with the liquidator appointed by the Chennai High Court.

Asked about the possibility of regularising the services of daily wage employees in government departments, the Chief Minister said those who were working prior to the cut off date of July 1, 1984, had been appointed. With regard to the regularisation of services of the workers after this deadline, the Government could not do anything as the matter was pending before the Supreme Court.

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