Staff Correspondent

I stand by all communities, says Mr.Yeddyurappa

The Chief Minister calls the BJP a ‘popular party’

Sugar factories must adhere to Government Order and pay growers their due, he says

DAVANGERE: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said that outcome of the coming byelections to the Legislative Assembly and the Council would not reflect the performance of the present Government. There were many other yardsticks to assess the popularity of the Government, he said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa told presspersons at the Harihar Airstrip on Tuesday that the outcome of the elections had nothing to do with the performance of the Government. Members of the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) parties were joining hands to defeat the “strong BJP” in the byelections. Knowing that they would not be able to fight the BJP individually, they were chalking out strategies to fight byelections together but the BJP would not be defeated, he asserted.The BJP had given a stable and an effective administration in the last 150 days. It being a popular party, the Chief Minister exuded confidence that people would support the party in the ensuing byelections.

When he was asked whether the incidents of attack on churches would be detrimental to the prospects of the party, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that some people in a fit of emotion had attacked the churches and the Government, through the Police Department, had given protection to churches so that such incidents did not repeat. The police have been asked to arrest those who attacked the churches under the Goonda Act.

“I am the Chief Minister for six crore people and not for one community or caste. So I stand by all communities and it is my duty to give protection to all communities”, he declared.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said it was not possible to provide continuous power supply and appealed that people cooperate during the crisis. He said that the government was doing its best to get more power from different states.

Had the previous Governments initiated certain measures to procure more power, there would not have been such a pathetic situation in the State, he said.

On sugarcane growers’s agitation demanding that the sugar factories pay them an additional amount of Rs. 160 per tonne of sugarcane supplied by them during 2007-08, he warned sugar factories of dire consequences if they failed to implement the Government Order. He said despite getting all benefits from the Government the sugar factories were not paying the farmers their due.

The Government had taken a decision keeping in mind the welfare of the farmers. And if the sugar factories shirk its responsibility in one way or the other, the Government would teach them a lesson in the coming days, he said.

Ministers Ramulu, Janardhana Reddy and S.A. Ravindranath were present.