Staff Correspondent

BJP begins campaign in Davangere

Siddeshwar confident of people’s support

DAVANGERE: G.M. Siddeshwar, Davangere MP, has claimed that he had ensured the sanction of various projects worth Rs. 1,200 crore for the district during the last five years. He was confident that the people would acknowledge his efforts and support him in the elections.

Participating in a function to launch the Bharatiya Janata Party’s campaign at Anagod village, 20 km from here on Monday, Mr. Siddeshwar said over 460 villages in the district had been given drinking water facility at a cost of Rs. 205 crore, rural roads at a cost of Rs. 106 crore and other public works at a cost of Rs. 36 crore.

Many ambitious schemes such as the Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan, the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and the Ambedkar Valimiki Awaas Yojana were introduced when A.B. Vajpayee was Prime Minister, he said and added that lakhs of poor people had been benefited by them. He alleged that the United Progressive Alliance Government had dropped the ambitious project of linking the Ganga and Cauvery rivers only because it was Mr. Vajpayee’s brainchild.

S.A. Ravindranath, Agriculture Minister, said the BJP Government had enhanced its budgetary outlay from Rs. 36,000 crore to Rs. 56,000 crore without levying additional taxes. The former Minister Thippeswamy was present.