Staff Correspondent

State BJP has become the personal property of B.S. Yeddyurappa and his sons, says Yatnal

Kumaraswamy wants Government to release compensation for uncrushed cane in 2006-07

Bijapur: The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said he will begin his ‘padayatra’ from Basava Kalyan of Bidar district and visit every village of north Karnataka if the Government fails to provide proper facilities to the flood-affected villages and address the problems of farmers in the next six months.

Addressing a gathering at a rally organised at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar stadium here on Friday. The rally was organised to mark the formal entry of the former Union Minister Basanagouda Patil Yatnal into the Janata Dal (Secular) party.

The State Government should immediately release the second instalment of compensation for uncrushed sugarcane for the year 2006-07. Though the decision to release the compensation for the uncrushed sugarcane was taken during his tenure as Chief Minister, the farmers of Bijapur could not get the said compensation owing to mistakes of the officers involved in preparing the list of beneficiaries, Mr. Kumaraswamy said.

“Instead of releasing funds for organising public gatherings and making false assurances to the people, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa should release the pending sugarcane compensation and show his concern for farmers”, he said.

Commenting on the resigning of two MLCs B.R. Gurudev and N. Thippanna from the JD (S), Mr. Kumarswamy stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party had renewed its “Operation Lotus” campaign to lure legislators of the Opposition parties. “Instead of involving himself in such acts, the Chief Minister should concentrate on development of the State and solve the problems of the people”, he added.

The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda welcomed Basangouda Patil Yatnal to JD (S). Mr. Gowda advised Mr. Kumaraswamy and Mr. Yatnal to work together to strengthen the party at the grassroots level.

Mr. Yatnal said on the occasion that the “State BJP had become the personal property of B.S. Yeddyurappa and his sons who are looting the money to make properties for themselves”.

Earlier, the supporters of Mr. Yatnal took out a procession from Sri Siddeshwar temple to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Stadium.

Over 25,000 people were present at the rally in the stadium.