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Promises entertainment centres, swimming pools and gyms

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah on Friday said the Congress would give prominence to ward committee meetings and their decisions would be implemented by the urban local bodies.

Releasing the party’s ULB election manifesto, Dr. Parameshwara said suitable amendments would be made for constituting ward committees, which would hold monthly meetings and would have responsibility of maintaining quality in works. Viewing the sufferings of people due to shortage of drinking water in urban areas, he said each ward would have a water reprocessing unit at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh for protecting people from contaminated water and fluoride. Rainwater harvesting would be given priority for which both the Centre and State government would give subsidy.

Culture townships

In the list of promises were that culture townships and swimming pools would be constructed in taluk centres and gymnasiums and youth information centres in collaboration with the Nehru Yuva Kendra. Each town will have entertainment centres, theatres for staging dramas, screening films and holding cultural programmes and they would be looked after by city elders.

Well-equipped health centres would be set up for every 10,000 population and dialysis facility in all the primary health centres. BPL cards would be distributed on the basis of Aadhar card and the card holders would get 30 kg rice and wheat.

Charge against BJP

The Congress criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party for its failure to give 10 acre of forest land to the Scheduled Tribes and hereditary forest dwellers under a central legislation, harassing farmers cultivating in bagair hukum land using the Karnataka Land Revenue Act and Karnataka Prevention of Land Grabbing Act and allowed its leaders to grab industrial land in the name of Land Bank.

Mr. Parameshwara said that the other “anti-people activities” of the BJP’s nearly five-year rule were unethical politics of weaning away opposition MLAs, failure to issue BPL cards to eligible families and reducing the ration quantity per unit and in getting special status to Hyderabad Karnataka during the NDA rule and utilising Krishna waters under B scheme.

Dr. Parameshwara said that 15 Ministers in the BJP government, including its Chief Minister, resigned following criminal cases and arrest on serious charges. He alleged that the Sangh Parivar harassed innocent men and women by its moral policing, attacked places of worship leading to collapse of law and order. He sought the people’s reaction to these anti-people decisions and misdemeanours.

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