Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party government was pro-farmer as it had waived farm loans amounting to Rs. 3,600 crore and distributed Bhagyalakshmi bonds worth Rs. 16.8 lakh in the State.

While campaigning for the BJP in Mundgod on Monday, Mr. Shettar said several development projects were taken up during the party’s five-year tenure.

Mr. Shettar said that during his tenure as Chief Minister, there were no corruption charges against him.

The BJP has taken up more development projects compared to the Congress, he said. Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri said if Mr. Shettar had been made Chief Minister five years ago several development works would have taken place. He said the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was forced to resign for his own mistakes and for backstabbing the party.

The BJP candidate for Yellapur–Mundgod Assembly constituency, V.S. Patil, was present.