Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president R.V. Deshpande on Thursday urged Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to set up a Hyderabad Karnatak Area Development Authority under Article 371 (b) of the Constitution, as suggested by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and get Central funds for developing the backward region.

Addressing presspersons, he urged External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna to facilitate opening up a consulate-general office of the United States in Bangalore, which accounted for one-third of the IT exports of the country.

He also said that 187 of the 370 bio-technology companies were doing their business in the city.

The KPCC president reminded Mr. Yeddyurappa that the deadline given by the Lokayukta for implementing his report and said that it was a shame that the latter was approaching the Governor for achieving his goal.

On the withdrawal of the cases filed against the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah and Tourism Minister G. Janardhana Reddy, he said the two could not be equated. The latter related to the demolition of an ancient temple for mining purpose, he added.

BBMP polls

Quoting Transport Minister R. Ashok on the BBMP polls, Mr. Deshpande said that it seemed the letters written by the Chief Minister to Governor Rameshwar Thakur assuring that his government would hold elections before July 31 had no sanctity.

The city was suffering from shortage of clean drinking water and mosquito problem, afflicting citizens with serious diseases such as dengue. The government was yet to give relief to the people living in houses built on unauthorised “revenue sites”, he said.

Mr. Deshpande urged the Chief Minister to take up contingency measures in view of the delay in monsoon and make arrangements for drinking water, fodder and employment for farmers. A meeting of Deputy Commissioners for formulating action plan should be held, he added.

The KPCC president said that a committee under the chairmanship of MLA K.J. George would prepare the manifesto for the BBMP elections before July 20.