Special Correspondent

Chief Minister, Yediyurappa likely to make the visit in May

GULBARGA: The scheduled two-day visit of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to Gulbarga district on April 26 and 27 has been cancelled. Fresh dates have not been announced.

No official reason has been given for the cancellation of the visit. However, sources said that it had been cancelled at the insistence of BJP leaders, who wanted both the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa to visit Gulbarga district together.

Since Mr. Yediyurappa was scheduled to leave for Germany in a couple of days, it would not be possible for him to join Mr. Kumaraswamy in the tour of Gulbarga, hence the visit was cancelled. Both are likely to visit Gulbarga district in the first or second week of May.

The BJP leadership had insisted that their leader Mr. Yediyurappa also be present when the Chief Minister dedicated to the nation the much-delayed Bennethora Major Irrigation Project in Chitapur taluk and also inauguration of construction of the proposed court complex building on Gulbarga-Afsalpur State highway.

Besides this, the Chief Minister was scheduled to inaugurate the Inspector General of Police office complex, completed four months back. He was also scheduled to lay the foundation stone for the proposed 1000-bed Government General Hospital in Gulbarga and inaugurate the 100-bed hospital at Afsalpur town. He was also scheduled to participate in the Janata Dal (S) party convention along with his father and national president of the party H.D. Deve Gowda and former Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash.