Seek fresh mandate: Motamma

Special Correspondent
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Leader of the Opposition in the Legislation Council Motamma on Friday urged Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda to dissolve the Legislative Assembly and seek fresh mandate in view of his admission that there was “goonda raj” in Bellary district in the last three and half years.

Speaking to presspersons, she said that a mere repentance for his failure to protect the people from autocratic rule of the Reddy brothers in the district was not enough. Ms. Motamma, who returned from election campaign for the Bellary Rural Assembly constituency, took the Government to task for not providing basic civic amenities in the town.

Ms. Motamma said that she could not withstand the stink and sufferings of the people there and requested the Congress MP Anil H. Lad to build toilets for them spending Rs.15 lakh from the MPLAD funds. Roads had not been asphalted and residents had to inhale the dust brought by ore-laden lorries. She also said that people in many taluks had no drinking water, especially in Chickaballapur, Arsikere and Kadur where she visited.

The Congress leader said that the rural people in the district were denied jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and the money released for the purpose was given to contractors, who used excavators for civil works.

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