‘The Chief Minister did nothing for the constituency'

Union Corporate Affairs Minister M. Veerappa Moily said on Thursday that Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, as Udupi-Chikmagalur MP, had done nothing for the constituency.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Moily said that Mr. Sadananda Gowda claims that he was responsible for extending the Bangalore-Mangalore train to Karwar and widening the National Highway 66 were totally misleading. “In fact, when Mr. Gowda resigned as MP, nearly Rs. 4 crore in his MP's Local Area Development Fund was lying unused,” he said.

He refuted Mr. Gowda's charge that he (Mr. Moily), AICC General Secretary Oscar Fernandes, and Congress leader D.K. Taradevi Siddharth had done nothing for the development of Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency.

He said that it was the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in its second tenure, which had allotted Rs. 670 crore for widening the 90-km stretch of the National Highway 66 in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts.

The UPA Government had allotted Rs. 14 crore for the repair and maintenance of National Highway 13, which passed through the Udupi district.

When the coffee growers in Chikmagalur district were facing problems, it was the Union Government which provided a Rs. 370-crore package for them.

He had been pressing the State Government to send the revised proposal for the Paschimavahini project, which sought to build dams against West-flowing rivers in coastal districts, and provide irrigation facilities.

The Centre was ready to give Rs. 800 crore for this project. But the State Government had not taken any interest in it.

The claim of Mr. Sadananda Gowda that the State was in second position in the implementation of the 20-Point Programme was false. “They are fudging figures. That is what they are good at,” he said.

Soon after he was elected Udupi-Chikmagalur MP about three years ago, Mr. Sadananda Gowda had said that he would not contest the Lok Sabha election again.

“This shows how little respect the BJP had for the mandate of the people,” Mr. Moily said.

The former Minister A. Krishnappa, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Secretary B.A. Bawa, and Congress leaders Venkatesh and Krishnappa were present.

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