: The former Minister and BSR Congress president B. Sriramulu said his party will distribute foodgrains free of cost to BPL families in the State if it comes to power.

Inaugurating the party’s district office here on Monday, he said houses for slum dwellers, laptops for students passing SSLC, engineering and medicine, and education for students from poor families would be provided free of cost. Besides, mass wedding ceremonies would be organised at the taluk and hobli levels.

He said the party would give priority to irrigation and support price for produce. It would also take steps to provide Rs. 700 a month to mothers of first to ninth standard students, and Rs. 1,000 for SSLC to degree students. Recommendations of the Dr. D. M. Nanjundappa Commission Report and Dr. Paramashivayya Report would be implemented. Interest-free loan for farmers, self-help groups and small vendors, and Rs. 5,000 for pregnant women would also provided, he said.

He said the BSR Congress would field candidates in all 224 Assembly constituencies.

Earlier, speaking to presspersons, Mr Sriramulu criticised the Budget presented by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and said it had failed to fulfil the expectations of the people.

“Our party will face elections in all Assembly constituencies independently,” he added.

The party workers would take a decision on the issue of fielding G. Janardhana Reddy in coming elections, he said.

During the inauguration of the party office, some workers raised slogans outside the building, alleging that party leader Devu Bellary was neglected while organising the function.