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In support: Former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressing an election meeting in Jewargi town in Gulbarga district on Saturday.
In support: Former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressing an election meeting in Jewargi town in Gulbarga district on Saturday.

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‘Yeddyurappa and his government are surviving on a pack of lies’

AFZALPUR/JEWARGI (GULBARGA DIST.): The Congress on Saturday launched a frontal attack on Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the State for its failure to implement the promises made to the people during the 2008 Assembly elections.

Addressing an election campaign meeting in support of the party candidate M. Mallikarjun Kharge at Afzalpur and Jewargi towns in the district, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President R.V. Deshpande and former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah slammed the Chief Minister for misleading the people with false promises.

NREGS scheme

Mr. Deshpande said that the BJP government had failed to utilise the funds provided by the Central Government for the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in the State, and had spent just over 10 per cent of the Rs. 1,000 crore provided last year for providing 100 days guaranteed employment to the people in the rural areas. He said that the present government had also failed to provide houses to the weaker sections of the society as promised in the manifesto of the party. It had also failed to provide the unemployment dole of Rs. 1,500 to the unemployed youth as promised during the 2008 Assembly elections.

Former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launched a scathing attack on the BJP government, particularly at Mr. Yeddyurappa for his alleged failures. He said Mr. Yeddyurappa and his government were surviving on a “pack of lies” and that Mr. Yeddyurappa had surpassed everybody in “telling lies”.

Liquor ban

He said that the ban on the sale of arrack had not helped the poor people, but only increased their expenditure on liquor. After the imposition of the ban the sale of Indian Made Foreign Liquor had increased four-folds in the State and the Excise revenue had in fact increased.

Mr. Kharge, in his address, said that it was a myth that the BJP government had reduced the interest rates of the crop loans to 4 per cent. He said the Dharam Singh government had reduced the interest on the crop loan to 6 per cent when the NABARD was providing refinance at a rate of 11.5 per cent, and the BJP had reduced the interest rate to 4 per cent when the NABARD had reduced the interest on the refinance to 7 per cent, as per the decision of the UPA government of the State.

The Congress leaders said that it was because of the sound economic policies pursued by the UPA government at the Centre that the economic slowdown had not affected the country in a big way, and that the growth rate remained static at 8 per cent. Mr. Siddaramaiah said after China, it was India which recorded an average GDP growth of 8 per cent in the past five years.

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