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State police to continue inquiry into violence in Bangalore after Rajkumar's death

Violence termed a conspiracy hatched by vested interestsSays intention was to defame GovernmentAsserts that those responsible will not go unpunished

BIDAR: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has rejected the demand by the Congress for an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the violence in Bangalore during the funeral procession of Kannada thespian Rajkumar. The State police will continue its investigation and find out who was responsible for the violence.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Yediyurappa termed the violence a conspiracy hatched by vested interests to defame the Janata Dal (S)-Bharatiya Janata Party Government. The Government was not interested in any witch hunting as alleged by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M. Mallikarjun Kharge, he said and made it clear that the culprits involved in the violence would not go unpunished.

Referring to the demand for an amendment to Article 371 of the Constitution to provide special reservation in jobs and educational opportunities for people from the backward regions of the State, he said the BJP was in favour of the move. The Government would continue to mount pressure on the Centre to amend the Constitution at the earliest and help the State Government in its attempt to remove regional imbalances.

Mr. Yediyurappa said the Government had initiated measures to implement the recommendations of the committee on the redressal of regional imbalances headed by the late D.M. Nanjundappa. A sum of Rs. 1,500 crore had been provided in the budget this year for taking up developmental activities in the taluks identified by the committee.

He clarified that the State Government had done its best to expedite work on the Gulbarga-Bidar railway line. It was now up to the Railway Ministry to give priority to completing this project at the earliest.

Referring to the demand for the establishment of a civil aviation terminal at the Bidar Air Force Station, Mr. Yediyurappa said the issue was already under the consideration of the Government. He would discuss the issue with Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and submit a detailed proposal to the Union Government.

Referring to the Basavakalyan Development Authority, he said the Government would give priority to the development of Basavakalyan on the lines of Kudalasangama in Bagalkot district.

This year the Government had provided Rs. 20 crore to the Basavakalyan Development Authority, he said.

On the outbreak of chikungunya in Bidar district, Mr. Yediyurappa said the Government was taking all measures to contain the disease. More funds would be provided if required for medicines and treatment, he said.

Medical college

The Deputy Chief Minister expressed dissatisfaction with the slow progress of work on the building for a new medical college in Bidar and directed officials to complete the work before a Medical Council of India team visits the place for inspection.

Mr. Yediyurappa, who visited the site of the medical college, pulled up officials for the slow progress of work. The government had released funds for the construction of the building and it was the responsibility of the officials to meet the deadline, he said.

Mr. Yediyurappa also participated in the 9th All-India Sharana Sahitya Sammelan at Bhalki.

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