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G. Janardhan Reddy
G. Janardhan Reddy

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Chooses to deflect questions on politics at a press conference

BELLARY: G. Janardhan Reddy, Tourism Minister, on Tuesday declined to answer political questions saying he wanted to take a “break” from political issues and focus on developmental issues.

This is not the first time that Mr. Reddy has been evading political questions on the same pretext. “I don't want to club development and politics. My experience has been that the media gives too much importance to political issues and controversies, while development issues are ignored. Therefore, I have decided not to club politics and development. I am ready to convene a separate press conference to answer questions on politics,” he said.

Mr. Reddy made his stand clear at a press conference convened by him here on Tuesday and chose to speak on the Chief Minister's visit to Bellary on Wednesday instead. The Chief Minister will inaugurate some projects that have been completed.

Mr. Reddy said it was a matter of pride that he was able to put into practice what the people had been promised after he assumed charge as Minister.

“I had accorded priority to developing roads in the city and started working on it immediately. Today, six main roads in the city have been newly laid. Work on developing seven more roads is under way and efforts are on to complete them at the earliest. Another important achievement is that the second part of the ring road is over,” he said.

The Chief Minister will lay the foundation stone for the ‘Pravasi Soudha', the district administration complex, the administrative block and a freedom fighters' memorial at the Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences on Wednesday. Mr. Reddy said he would also visit some flood-hit areas in Siruguppa taluk, where construction of ‘navagramas' was in progress.

On the progress on the new Bellary airport at Chaganur-Siriwar villages, Mr. Reddy said the land acquisition process was over and farmers were now being compensated. “So far around Rs. 50 crore has been paid to farmers. Tenders for developing the airport have also been allotted,” he said.

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