Special Correspondent

The party has been a divided house for nearly three years now

BJP government has not created conducive environment for investment: Krishna

BANGALORE: The top Congress leaders in the State on Sunday demonstrated a show of unity and pledged to work for the party’s triumph in the ensuing by-elections to the five Legislative Assembly seats and the elections to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Council.

Elections to be the BBMP Council scheduled to be held in a few months is expected to be a fierce battle with the Janata Dal (Secular) stating that it will go it alone in the elections and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party working overtime to give a facelift to Bangalore obviously to ensure that the people favoured it in the Council.

The Congress in Karnataka has been a divided house for nearly three years now, particularly during the run-up to the last Assembly elections followed by the by-elections to eight Assembly seats and thereafter the Lok Sabha elections.

This has cost the party dearly. All attempts are now on to put up a united show and regain the confidence of the people.

The competition among the State leaders coupled with the silence maintained by the Central leadership of the party had added to the confusion.

In a way, the president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, R.V. Deshpande, has been trying to drive home the point of unity in the party.

The function organised to felicitate the new Union Ministers S.M. Krishna, M. Veerappa Moliy, M. Mallikarjun Kharge and K.H. Muniyappa, and the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah and the new MPs saw the Congressmen take an oath to maintain unity in the party and revive the party in the State by reaching out to the common people.

Mr. Krishna, who inaugurated the felicitation programme organised by the KPCC, said that the Congress has given four Ministerial berths to the State in the Union Cabinet for strengthening the party in the State.

He charged the State Government led by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa of driving away investment from the State by creating an unhealthy environment. “The BJP Government has not created conducive environment to attract investment in various sectors after it came to power about a year ago. Many big investors have moved away to other States in the recent past on account of neglect and lack of investment friendly policies followed by the State Government,” he said.

Mr. Krishna recalled the achievements of the State during his tenure as the Chief Minister (1999-2004) and said Bangalore city, which is called Silicon Valley of India or Knowledge Capital of India in the developed world, has quality institutes, companies and manpower to attract investment.