K.S. Eshwarappa, president of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has said the Government had introduced a number of welfare schemes and provided effective governance during the last three years.
He said that the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), which had ruled in the State for a longer time before had not achieved what the BJP had in the span of three years.
Addressing a public meeting at Bilichod in Jagalur taluk on Saturday, Mr. Eshwarappa said the Opposition had made it a habit to criticise the Government, even though it was performing well.
He said lakhs of poor people had benefited from government schemes, such as the Bhagya Jyoti and Sandhya Suraksha yojanas, and a family member in every poor, downtrodden, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe family had profited from the government schemes.
Previous governments, led by the Congress, had failed to foresee the power requirements of the State, because of which power problems were being faced today, the State BJP president said, adding that the party Government had invested hundreds of crores in projects to generate more power.
He was confident that the power problem would be solved in the next four years. Congress leaders who had not addressed these lapses when they were in power, were making allegations that the BJP Government had failed to solve the power problem. The Congress government, which had given licenses to hundreds of major industries in the State, should have initiated steps to improve power generation in the State, he said.
The BJP Government had announced loans at one per cent rate of interest to farmers, Mr. Eshwarappa said, and asked whether the Congress, which was in power in many States, had introduced such welfare measures for farmers.
Ministers S.A. Ravindranath and M.P. Renukacharya, Basavaraja Naik, Chairman of the Banjara Abhivruddi Nigama, and Chandrappa, MLA, were among those present.
Actor Sudeep, accompanied by Minister B. Sriramulu and Davangere MP G.M. Siddeshwar, participated in a roadshow at Uchangidurga and many other places in the Jagalur Assembly segment.
Veteran actor Srinath also participated in a roadshow at Bidarekere and other villages in the constituency. Chief Whip in Legislative Council A.H. Shivayogiswamy, BJP candidate S.V. Ramachandra and others accompanied him.