Staff Correspondent

‘BJP-JD(S) wrangling has exposed their true colours’


District in-charge Minister has not been monitoring rain situation

Central grants being diverted to carry out State Government programmes

Madikeri: The Congress party will win majority of the seats in the coming elections to the four urban local bodies in Kodagu district, president of the Kodagu District Congress Committee, Veena Achaiah, has aid.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, Ms. Achaiah said that the true colours of the coalition Government had been exposed, thanks to the wrangling between the BJP and the Janata Dal (Secular).

The Congress was back in the saddle in the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat and Virajpet Taluk Panchayat, she said. Ms. Achaiah alleged that attempts were being made in Virajpet Town Panchayat to include the names of certain outsiders in the electoral list.

Discrepancies in the voters list in the Madikeri City Municipal Council limits had added to the confusion, she said. Party spokesman T.P. Ramesh said the Congress had given representation to all sections in 71 wards of the four urban local bodies in the district.

The achievements of the Congress were being converted into the election manifesto by the BJP, he said.

Rain relief

Mr. Ramesh criticised district in-charge Minister Ramachandra Gowda for not visiting Kodagu for the past two months to monitor the rain situation. Of the demand made for grant of Rs. 45 crore as rain relief, only Rs. 6.5 crore had been released for Kodagu, he said.

He accused the Government of spending Central grants for Kodagu under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for providing bicycles to students. The grants were being diverted to carry out State Government programmes, he alleged. The former Minister M.M. Nanaiah questioned the “delay” in implementing the directions of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and the circular stating that the revenue circulars on “bane” land had been withdrawn.

Referring to a report on gun licence exemption for those who were either Kodava by race or “jamma” land holders, Mr. Nanaiah said no one could take away the rights of the people.