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Updated: April 25, 2013 10:31 IST
KARNATAKA ASSEMBLY POLLS

Rudderless and desperate for leadership

Tanu Kulkarni
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The Hindu

Potholed roads, erratic electric supply, garbage on street corners, residents living alongside open sewage drains… the misery seems endless. Welcome to one of Asia’s largest industrial hub — the Peenya Industrial estate, a part of Dasarahalli Assembly constituency.

Peenya, along the swanky smooth National Highway 4, is the one-stop solution for manufactured goods — be it a screw or state-of-the-art aerospace equipment. The constituency, housing scores of garment factories, plastic industries besides engineering companies, has been home for migrants from across the country.

Residents point out that staying here comes at a price. Pointing to an open sewage flowing outside her house in Chokkasandra ward, Savita K. (36) said: “We are surrounded by sewage and garbage from factories nearby.”

As she makes her way through the garbage to buy water that costs Rs. 3 a pot, she says: “We manage to survive by buying four to five pots of water every day. We get Cauvery water only once a week. If we are lucky, on some days, the waterman opens the tap for us to have our fill. Those days we try and fill as many buckets as possible. ”

While some residents argue that industrial areas are pampered, others say their political representatives have not paid much attention to them as industrialists are not part of the vote bank.

Harish Hegde, former president of the Peenya Industrial Association, said: “More than three decades ago several industries came up in this area. But now they are languishing as people in power are not sustaining the development.”

He pointed out that there was an urgent need to evolve an efficient sanitation as well as a waste disposal mechanism.

Residents also complain about uneven development. “While roads in wards such as Rajagopalnagar and T. Dasarahalli represented by BJP corporators have been developed, infrastructure in wards such as Chokkasandra and the Peenya Industrial Area have not been given any attention,” said Rajat Kumar, a resident.

Four-cornered fight

After winning the 2008 Assembly polls by a margin of 22,155 votes, S. Muniraju, sitting BJP legislator who is an accused in two cases before the Lokayukta court, is likely to face tough competition from B.L. Shankar, former Chairman of the Legislative Council and vice president of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee. Apart from these two, B. Andanappa, JD (S) candidate and the current Hegganahalli councillor M.B. Govinde Gowda, who is contesting from Dasarahalli as an Independent, are also in the fray.

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Unless Congress or BJP win majority in the coming elections, there
will be complete Political Chaos in Karnataka. The day to day
functioning of the Govt and development will come to a stand still and
the people of Karnataka will suffer. Nothing will get done and the
whole state will go to dogs. My advice to all voters is to Vote
compulsorily & either vote for Congress or BJP and not for smaller
parties like KJP, JD(S), BSR Congress as these parties with their few
MLA's will cause political instability and lead to collapse of the
Govt. If there is a fractured verdict, the state is doomed.

from:  Raman
Posted on: Apr 26, 2013 at 23:33 IST

crdit goes to Just 5 , one broke away relation from congress and
aligned with BJP, BJP got sympathy wave and money power to get into
the chair. To hold the chair all dramas were enacted including crying
.Few behind bars , few awaiting. Result absolutely no administration
only clinching on to the chair and creation of two new parties .We
cannot say the left out congress is above board as we know what
happened in the tiny state of GOA with just 40 MLAs
Public are silent toothless spectators. Unless a party gets absolute ,
convincing majority we do not have any hope .Garden city will continue
as Garbage city only

from:  salam
Posted on: Apr 25, 2013 at 12:46 IST
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