Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Friday echoed the sentiments of his predecessor B.S. Yeddyurappa that “goonda raj” reigned in Bellary district for three years and said that he repents for the sufferings of the people because of the misrule by those who were at the helm of affairs in the district.
Speaking to presspersons, the Chief Minister said Mr. Yeddyurappa, who was campaigning in the Bellary Rural Assembly constituency, had expressed his anguish over the counter-rally taken out by the former Minister B. Sriramulu's group and termed it as goonda tendency. This led to a surcharged atmosphere, he said.
Asked why he had not taken this issue seriously, Mr. Gowda said that cases had been taken up by the local police. He admitted that the Minister in-charge of the district was given a free hand and misuse of authority and power led to tense situations in the past.
On the Belgaum City Corporation issue, Mr. Gowda said that the government had taken it seriously and Urban Development Minister S. Suresh Kumar was issuing another notice. He said that the Government would take steps on the insinuations made by Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray against Jnanpith Award winner Chandrashekar Kambar.
Later, at a press conference, Mr. Suresh Kumar condemned Mr. Thackeray's remarks and said that if there was any award named as “Ajnanpith” in the country, it should be given to him.
Explaining the counts on which notice was served on the civic body under provisions of the Karnataka Municipal Council Act and Standing Committee Regulations 1998, the Minister said that it had failed to implement many orders in 2009.
Mr. Kumar said that the Mayor had failed to conduct monthly council meeting and standing committee of Accounts, Urban Development and Planning, Taxation, Health, Education, Social Justice meetings in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He also charged the Council with not utilising the 13th Finance Commission grants during 2010-11 and not taking approval of the council for the SFC grants, action plan not submitted for 2011-12. It also failed to utilise Rs.2.32 crore meant for SCs and STs.
Mr. Suresh Kumar said that biggest ever udyog mela would be held at Venkat International School, Bhashyam Circle, Rajajinagar on November 27 at 10 a.m. He said that this was being done in collaboration with the Karnataka Skill Development Corporation and nearly 50 companies will participate. They will recruit people for 3,000 posts in IT, 510 in retail business, 403 in production and manufacturing, 106 in banking and 37 in automobiles, 300 for security, 800 in marketing, 500 in hospitals. Appointment orders will be issued in the evening to those, who did well in the interview.