Bangalore Bureau

‘New era has begun with formation of BJP Government’

Seeks the cooperation of the Opposition

Says he does not believe in politics of vengeance

BANGALORE: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Friday assured the Legislative Assembly that the Government would provide a stable and responsive administration for the welfare of all sections of society.

Mr. Yeddyurappa, who moved a motion seeking a vote of confidence, said the Bharatiya Janata Party had been voted to power to make the State a model in the field of development, peace and communal harmony. The Government had a vision to ameliorate hunger, poverty and unemployment by providing the right to food and employment to all sections of society.

A “new era” had commenced with the formation of the BJP Government, he said and recalled the glorious days of the Vijayanagar empire.

The Chief Minister, who quoted religious texts (vachanas) during his address, referred to the achievements of previous Chief Ministers — D. Devaraj Urs, Ramakrishna Hegde and H.D. Deve Gowda — and said a dearth of good administrators was one of the major reasons for slow and uneven growth in the State.

Seeking the cooperation of the Opposition in all aspects of development, the Chief Minister said he did not believe in the politics of vengeance.

Fair representation had been given to all communities in the 30-member Cabinet, and the Government would work for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, farmers and the poor.

‘Blackmail politics’

Leader of the Opposition M. Mallikarjun Kharge, who pressed for a discussion on the confidence motion, said the Government was indulging in “blackmail politics” in moving the motion seeking a vote of confidence without allocating portfolios to Ministers, who were sworn in seven days ago.

The BJP had not come to power on its own. To obtain a majority, the BJP had given ministerial berths to five independents. The Congress, Mr. Kharge said, had secured 99 lakh votes against the BJP’s 97 lakh votes. “Money power” played a key role in the elections as well in the formation of the Government, he charged. Influential people with money power would dethrone Mr. Yeddyurappa if their demands were not met, he warned.

The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said Mr. Yeddyurappa, who took oath in the name of farmers, had not taken action to address issues such as fertilizer and seed shortage. Reduction of seed subsidy to 50 per cent from 75 per cent was a big blow to farmers.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said the Governor’s address to the joint session of the legislature indicated that the Government would soon become ineffective.

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah said the BJP had formed the Government after enlisting the support of six independents.

Although it was the single largest party, the people had not given it a clear mandate. Hence, a sword was hanging over the Government, Mr. Siddaramaiah said.