Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Sunday said that the Government would bring out a separate agriculture budget this year too, and that the ensuing State Budget would lay emphasis on the welfare of farmers, youth and women.

Speaking to presspersons after launching the Pulse Polio campaign in the State here, Mr. Gowda said he wanted a debate on the needs and aspirations of the youth, so that a separate budget could be presented for them. He said that most programmes initiated by his predecessor B.S. Yeddyurappa, including the agriculture budget, would be part of this year's budget.

Mr. Gowda said there were four aspirants in the Bharatiya Janata Party for contesting the byelection to the Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituency.

The party would decide on the candidate in a couple of days, he added.

Mr. Gowda said he had won the Lok Sabha seat because he represented the BJP and not because of his individual capacity.

Asked about the reported preparations being made by supporters of Mr. Yeddyurappa, including some MLAs, to convert the former Chief Minister's birthday celebrations on February 27 into an event of show of strength, the Chief Minister said he had only read about it in newspapers and nobody had informed him on such a development.

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