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‘Inclusion of Renukacharya in the Cabinet was a collective decision’

Jachani’s vachanas released

Veerabhadra Channamalla Swamiji seeks funds for hostels in Chickaballapur, Bagepalli

Bangalore: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Monday admitted to having committed mistakes to save his chair. Addressing a gathering at a function organised to release “vachanas” of seer Jachani at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Bhavan in the city, Mr. Yeddyurappa said resorting to “mistakes” had become inevitable when efforts were made to snatch power.

“There were many attempts to snatch power from us. But we succeeded in resolving such issues. Steps will be taken to correct the mistakes. In future, we will ensure that such developments do not happen,” he said.

In the next three and a half years, we will ensure the welfare of the citizens of the State. Certain changes will be made in the administration and policies for better governance, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

Responding to queries from presspersons on the growing clamour for ministerial berths from senior MLAs of the party in the wake of Honnali MLA M.P. Renukacharya’s induction into the Cabinet, Mr. Yeddyurappa said there was no proposal before him to bring about a reshuffle of the Cabinet.

He said at present the State Government was focussed on the State Budget scheduled for March 2010. Preparations were in full swing to present a good budget and preference would be given to key areas such as education.

Responding to a query, he said the decision to include Mr. Renukacharya into the Cabinet was taken jointly by the party leadership in the State and at the national level. “However, the consequences of his inclusion will have to be borne by me,” Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

He said the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Legislature Party meeting would be held on Tuesday evening.

Release

Later, he released the volumes of “vachanas” by Jachani seer. The State Government had released Rs. 25 lakh to the Nidumamidi math to publish Jachani’s writings, he said.

Nidumamidi seer Veerabhadra Channamalla Swamiji submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister requesting him to release funds to construct hostels in Chickaballapur and Bagepalli. Mr. Yeddyurappa agreed to sanction Rs. 25 lakh for the proposed hostels. The former Minister V. Somanna, retired Vice-Chancellor of Mysore university D. Javare Gowda, MLAs D. Hemachandra Sagar and M.K. Pattanashetty, MLC D.S. Chikkaveeriah and others were present.

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