Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs H.D. Revanna and K.M. Shivalinge Gowda on Wednesday, reacted strongly to allegations made by Congress leader B. Shivaram pertaining to the Hassan–Chiknayakanahalli road improvement project.
Both of them denied the allegation that pressure was put on the project contractor to divert gravel (jelly) from the quarrying point for other works in their respective constituencies.
Mr. Shivaram, in a press conference on Tuesday, had alleged misuse of the quarrying lease and demanded a CID probe into the issue.
He had accused the JD(S) MLAs of being involved in the matter. Mr. Revanna and Mr. Shivalinge Gowda raised the issue at the beginning of the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting, chaired by Public Works and district in-charge minister H.C. Mahadevappa.
Mr. Shivalinge Gowda said the allegations were baseless.
According to him, Mr. Shivaram and other Congress leaders were trying to gain political mileage over the issue of the long-pending Hassan–Chiknayakanahalli road improvement work.
Mr. Revanna reiterated his objection to not being invited to accompany the district in-charge Minister when he went to inspect the roadwork.
He appealed to the Minister to convene a meeting of Hassan MLAs to discuss various issues pertaining to the district.
Reacting to Mr. Shivaram’s allegation that H.D. Deve Gowda, MP, had reduced his job to writing letters, Mr. Revanna said that because of Mr. Deve Gowda’s interest, many projects were sanctioned to the district.
Mr. Mahadevappa pacified both MLAs stating that he would not allow politics to come in the way of development schemes. He maintained that he had not violated protocol and he would never do that.
“I prefer to travel to Bangalore via Dudda only to view the condition of the road and status of the roadwork. It was not planned in advance,” he said.