Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has said that results of the urban local body (ULB) elections could not be termed as a referendum on the State government.
Addressing presspersons after releasing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto for the elections to the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) council here on Friday, Mr. Shettar said that in the ULB elections a lot depended on the individual candidates’ local influence rather than party policies.
In the same breath, the Chief Minister added that since the BJP government had prioritised development in urban local bodies, the party had made an impact on the people. He listed the initiatives taken by the government to strengthen urban local bodies.
Asked about the Karnataka Janata Paksha’s (KJP) claim that it was the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa who released special grants to municipal corporations, Mr. Shettar said people had voted the BJP to power in the State and it was the BJP government which sanctioned the grants.
Mr. Shettar said that under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the State had efficiently used funds allocated to various projects in Mysore and Bangalore. It stood second in the country as far as utilisation of funds was concerned, he added.
As regards a PIL plea filed against the implementation of the Kalasa-Banduri Nala Project, Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the State was prepared to face the case. “We have already tackled seven PILs on the same issue, and we will tackle this one also,” he said.
Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority Mukhyamantri Chandru was present.