The former Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader Basavaraj Horatti has alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party government had money to approve private universities in the State.
Addressing presspersons here along with JD (S) candidates of Dharwad district on Wednesday, Mr. Horatti said the fact that 18 private universities were given approval in a single day showed that there were large-scale irregularities in the approval process.
He charged that educational institutions with no infrastructure and poor track record were also given permission to start universities.
Mr. Horatti said the BJP government, which had earned the wrath of people because of its corruption and infighting, would not be able to fool voters again. He said money power would not help the BJP win elections.
The former Minister, however, admitted that caste factor might influence voters to some extent.
Elaborating on the party’s position in north Karnataka, Mr. Horatti said the party had developed a good base in several areas. If elected, the party would waive farm loans within 48 hours of coming to power, he said.
Mr. Horatti said the allegation that the JD (S) had tied up with the BJP in Hubli-Dharwad Central Assembly constituency was baseless.
Replying to a query, JD (S) candidate from Hubli-Dharwad Central Assembly constituency Shams Tabrez Samsi clarified that he had no business ties with Pradeep Shettar, brother of Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar. He said the BJP was his main opponent as the Congress was weak in the constituency.
Candidate from Hubli-Dharwad East Assembly constituency Alkod Hanumanthappa and candidate from Navalgund Assembly segment N.H. Konaraddi said they were confident of winning.