Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR: The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Saturday accused Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa of wasting public money on hosting the proposed Global Investors' Meet, and said: “The money could have been used to promote a large number of micro, small and medium-scale industries in the backward areas of the State, especially in the flood-affected region.

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Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the proposed event could have been a business meeting and nothing warranted such a huge expenditure. It would send a wrong message to investors, the former Chief Minister said.

He said that Mr. Yeddyurappa had been choosing wrong priorities to spend public money.

Encouragement to local entrepreneurs would have helped in setting up a large number of micro, small and medium-scale industries in the backward areas of the State. Criticising Mr. Yeddyurappa for inspecting Lalbagh and Cubbon Park, he said: “Instead, the Chief Minister should have devoted time to inspect the relief camps and rehabilitation work in the flood-hit areas of north Karnataka.”

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