Addressing both houses of legislature, Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Thursday said there was no terror strike in the State in 2009 and no major law and order problems were caused by Naxals.
“There was no terrorist strike during the year. The year 2009 also showed a vast improvement on the Naxal front. No civilian or policeman was killed by Naxals and no major law and order incidents involving naxals were reported during the year”, Bhardwaj said addressing the joint sitting of legislatures.
“It is for the first time in five years that there has been no death on account of police firing during the last one year,” he said.
The Opposition Congress and JDS, however, described the governor’s address as “directionless” and lacking “foresight”, but Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa disagreed with them saying “the address portrayed government’s achievements“.
“We have not announced any new programme in the Governor’s address keeping in mind of the upcoming budget. We will spell out our policies and programmes in the budget” Yeddyurappa said.
Opposition Congress leader in the assembly Siddaramaiah told reporters that the BJP Government had failed to outline its priorities and no policy or programme has been pronounced in the address.
No attempt has been made to address the burning issues faced by people, including on power shortage and through the address “only a ritual has been completed”, he said.
Opposition Congress leader in the Upper House Motamma termed it as an “old wine in new bottle”.