Staff Correspondent

Congress to highlight Government's `failures' at programme next month

CHITRADURGA: The Congress plans to hold a weeklong programme from May 14 to highlight the Karnataka Government's alleged failure to address the concerns of farmers, Congress leader Siddaramaiah has said.

Mr. Siddaramaiah told presspersons here on Monday that while drought-like situations were prevailing in around 45,000 villages of the State, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was busy organising Vikas Yatras. "What is use of such yatras, which do not show any concern towards the common people?" he said.

He alleged that the BJP knew that the Janata Dal (Secular) would not transfer power to it, and was therefore conducting yatras in an attempt to strengthen its base in the State.

Referring to the post-budget schemes announced by Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, Mr. Siddaramaiah accused the Government of announcing two new schemes without taking the Cabinet members into confidence, which, he alleged, was unconstitutional.

Mr. Yediyurappa had announced 54 new schemes worth Rs. 220 crore during the budget discussion itself, he said.