Taking strong exception to the “politicisation” of the budget speech, BJP State president Pralhad Joshi, MP, has urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to release a White Paper on the State’s financial situation.

In a release issued here, Mr. Joshi said this was needed to prove his claim that the previous BJP government lacked fiscal discipline.

“Mr. Siddaramaiah has spent his energy on appeasing various communities, instead of facilitating overall growth,” he said.

Mr. Joshi said that by dropping the proposal to create 43 new taluks, the Chief Minister had meted out injustice to the people of North Karnataka. He added that measures were not announced to utilise the special status accorded to Hyderabad-Karnataka region under Article 371.

The association of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) welcomed the budget announcement about providing additional incentive from the State government to ASHA workers. District president of the association H.G. Desai and secretary Jayashri Hiremath urged the Chief Minister to provide monthly honorarium to the workers.

The Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) said it had expected the Chief Minister to focus on improving power supply and developing small-scale industries. KCCI president N.P. Javali and secretary Vishwanath Ginimav in a release expressed disappointment that none of the proposals submitted by the KCCI had been considered.