Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has accused the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government of double-talk.

“While the UPA government gives awards to Karnataka for its performance in various sectors, Ministers in the government allege at election rallies that the BJP government was not doing any work,” he said at a rally here on Wednesday.

Mr. Shettar said that the Union government had given awards to the State for the implementation of rural and urban development schemes. However, during the visits of All-India Congress Committee vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, they accused the government not using development funds.

“Should not we call this double standards,” he asked.

Accusing the UPA government of adopting a step-motherly attitude towards Karnataka, Mr. Shettar said the Union government did not grant funds for implementation of the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana launched by Atal Bihari Vajapayee.

The Chief Minister claimed he made several requests for grant of funds for developing at least 4,000 km of roads in rural areas.

Funds

“The Union government did not grant us funds for developing at least 1 km of road. I also proposed that the State would bear 25 per cent of the cost. It only shows how partial the Congress is in its approach to the BJP government here,” he said.

Claiming that the BJP had an edge over the Congress in the State as his party had announced him as the chief ministerial candidate, Mr. Shettar said the Congress was hesitant to announce to do so as it was scared that it would lead to bickering between senior leaders.

Ramesh Jigajinagi, MP, Arun Shahpur, MLC, and Somanagouda Patil Sasanur, candidate for Devarahipparagi constituency, were present.

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