Bangalore Bureau

A lifeless and drab speech, says Kharge

BANGALORE: The Opposition parties termed Governor Rameshwar Thakur’s address to the joint session of the legislature disappointing as it did not mention the Bharatiya Janata Party’s major poll promises such as free power to farmers and distribution of rice at Rs. 2 a kg to poor families.

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly M. Mallikarjun Kharge and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah termed the speech vague and said it lacked specific programmes or direction. Mr Kharge observed that the Governor’s speech had failed to indicate any specific programmes even in important sectors such as agriculture, cooperation and irrigation. “I have never heard such a lifeless and drab speech in the past 35 years,” Mr. Kharge said.

The Janata Dal (S) took exception to the failure to mention promises such as free power to farmers and subsidised rice for the poor. Party spokesperson Y.S.V. Datta said, “It is shocking that despite coming to power by taking oath in the name of farmers, the BJP Government has failed to include its important promise of free power to farmers in the Governor’s speech.”

He criticised the Government for not including any assurance to farmers about ensuring the availability of fertilizers.

He said the JD(S) would wait and watch till the Government presented its budget on July 10. “We will decide our future course of action if this Government fails to translate its promises into action in its budget,” he said.