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Strengthening party: President of the State SC, ST Cell of the Janata Dal (Secular) K. Annadani addressing party workers in Shimoga on Wednesday.
Strengthening party: President of the State SC, ST Cell of the Janata Dal (Secular) K. Annadani addressing party workers in Shimoga on Wednesday.

Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: State president of the Janata Dal (Secular) SC/ST Cell K. Annadani said here on Wednesday that the State Government, under the leadership of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, had neglected the SC,ST community people by not announcing any programme for the betterment of the Dalits and people of the other oppressed classes.

Addressing presspersons after the Janata Dal(Secular) party workers’ meeting, he urged the Chief Minister to come out with programmes in the State budget to protect the interests of Dalits and other SC/ST communities.

He said that all previous governments had implemented their own programmes for the welfare of the SC,ST communities. But the BJP Government for the past one and a half years had not implemented any programmes for the welfare of Dalits, he added.

He said that the State Government had overlooked the novel programme of Ganga Kalyan scheme implemented by the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda under his Chief Ministership.

He alleged that Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues had wasted one and a half years in safeguarding their positions and power without devoting attention to the welfare of people.

He suggested to the Chief Minister to utilise the remaining term of the BJP Government in implementing meaningful programmes and facilities to bring the SC,ST communities into the mainstream of society.

Mr. Annadani said that the party was organising meetings throughout the State to strengthen the party.

He said that he had asked the District president M. Srikant to appoint a president for the District SC/ST Unit of Janata Dal (Secular).

On the BMIC row, he said that instead of concentrating on the Bangalore-Mysore road work, the State Government was acquiring additional land for some other purposes. He alleged that the Government was deviating from the basic plan of the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project.

District Janata Dal (Secular) president M. Srikant, the former district president M.B. Shivanna, party leader Shamsunder and others were present.

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