The district unit of the Janata Dal (Secular) has criticised the State government for its “failure” to address the problems of the poor, backward classes, Dalits, and minority communities.
Addressing presspersons here, vice-president of the unit of JD(S) Louis Lobo said that the worst hit by the State government's policies were the people having Below the Poverty Line (BPL) cards. Neither politicians nor bureaucrats were bothered about them. Though several grants were being provided by the Union and State governments, the money was going to the “pockets” of politicians and the rich.
The BJP, which came to power in the State for the first time, created a record of sorts by having many scams to its credit. Land de-notification scam, nepotism, illegal mining, and land grabbing were a testimony to corruption under the BJP government. A former Chief Minister and several former ministers were cooling their heels in jail for their alleged involved in the scams, he alleged.
There were charges of corruption on some ministers in the Sadananda Gowda's Cabinet such as Home Minister R. Ashok, Heavy Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani and Forests Minister C.P. Yogeshwar, Mr. Lobo said.
He said the JD(S) also condemned the attacks on places of worship of minority communities in the State. The district unit of the JD(S) would soon submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister on the problems being faced by the people of the district, he said.
The party would organise a conference on secularism at Kaup on November 20. Janata Dal (S) leaders, including the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, were expected to attend it, Mr. Lobo said.
Secretary of the district unit Nagaraj Bhat Kemthur, general secretary of the State JD(S) Jayant Hegde, and president of the district unit's labour unit Balachandra Devadiga were present.