Humility, simplicity his hallmarks

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A. Jayaram

Janata Dal(Secular)-BJP coalition Government completes six months

  • Chief Minister's Janata Darshan programmes have endeared him to the masses
  • By taking up infrastructure projects, he has allayed concerns of IT industry
  • A plus point for the coalition has been Yediyurappa's maiden budget

    Bangalore: Anxious were many when H.D. Kumaraswamy became the Chief Minister on February 3 as he was a lesser-known politician till then and was only referred to as H.D. Deve Gowda's son. The misgivings were all the more as both the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa had never been in Government.

    In the six months the coalition Government completed on Thursday, Mr. Kumaraswamy has gamely withstood allegations of corruption against him. Though he is not the only chief minister to face allegations of corruption, those against him are serious.

    He has proved himself to be a workaholic. His Saturday morning Janata Darshan programmes are attracting crowds. One of those programmes stretched to a record 13 hours.

    The Chief Minister has proved himself to be a simple person, at home with common folk. His speeches are plain but well-meaning, and humility marks his interaction with the people.

    A plus point for the coalition has been Mr. Yediyurappa's maiden budget presented on March 20. He promised several innovative schemes and scored over many other States by announcing that farm loans from cooperatives would be provided at a low four per cent interest. The coalition Government has lived down the image it had acquired in the first few days of coming to power of being unfriendly with the State's IT industry. It has re-established the cordiality which existed in the past. No longer are the IT barons complaining of lack of infrastructure. However, it is not to suggest that things have undergone a sea change in the last six months. The Government has taken up or completed some infrastructure projects undertaken in the past. Work on the Metro Rail Project for Bangalore was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The ONGC project in Mangalore has been cleared.

    The Government has pre-empted criticism of ignoring social justice, by reversing its decision against providing fee subsidy to engineering, medical and dental students admitted to higher fee category seats by the CET. The fears that managements of private professional colleges would have their way in admissions, have been belied.

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