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Siddaramaiah had said schemes were started without financial approval

Don’t attach much significance to Revanna-Yediyurappa meet: Chief Minister

Chitradurga: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said there is no question of the Government coming out with a white paper on development works.

He refuted the charges levelled by Congress leader Siddaramaiah that financial approval was not taken before laying foundation stones for development works.

“He (Mr. Siddaramaiah) must be referring to his style of work,” he said.

Asked if the appointment of Merajuddin Patel as State Janata Dal (S) president was to appease the minorities, Mr. Kumaraswamy said Mr. Patel, a senior leader, had been given his due.

“The party has already initiated several welfare programmes for minorities. Mr. Patel’s appointment should not be treated as an effort to woo the minority community,” he asserted.

Package

Referring to Vidarbha package, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the Centre had released only Rs. 66 crore of the Rs. 2,000 crore.

Under the package, Rs. 1,750 crore was for irrigation projects.

The State Government had proposed 17 irrigation projects, but owing to disputes the Union Government had not approved them.

The Chief Minister did not give a satisfactory reply to a question on when the Government would disclose the names of VIPs and political leaders, who are alleged to have encroached upon government land. All he said was, “we will do it.”

To another question on the purpose behind Minister for Public Works H.D. Revanna holding talks with the Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, Mr. Kumaraswamy said too much should not be read into it.

“Since Mr. Yediyurappa holds the Finance portfolio, Mr. Revanna must have visited him in connection with some development works”, he said.

The former Minister D. Manjunath and Janata Dal (S) was present.

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