Staff Correspondent

Cites poll outcome in Punjab, Uttarakhand

  • Railway Ministry criticised for not releasing adequate funds
  • Preparations afoot to present the Budget on March 16

    TORANAGAL (BELLARY DISTRICT): Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Wednesday said that the poll outcome in the two northern States indicated there was a wave in favour of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). He said he would request Janata Dal (S) national president H.D. Deve Gowda to join hands with the NDA.

    He said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had performed well at the Centre and people wanted the NDA to come to power again. He was speaking to presspersons during a brief halt at the Jindal airport here on Wednesday.

    He came down heavily on the Union Government, particularly the Railway Ministry, for continuing to discriminate against the State by not releasing adequate funds for improving rail infrastructure in the State.

    "It appears that the Union Government has forgotten that Karnataka is part of India going by the low allocation for both ongoing and new projects. Such is the state of affairs even as the Finance Minister promised to share the cost of certain rail projects in the State. The people of Karnataka will have no alternative but to protest and take to the streets to pressure the Union Government to give a better deal," he said.

    More funds

    He said that during his recent visit to New Delhi, he had met all the MPs and had discussed with them about getting more funds for the State for improving the rail infrastructure.

    Mr. Yediyurappa said that preparations were afoot to present the Budget on March 16 with priority for agriculture, women and eradicating unemployment and tourism among other things. As for waiving farm loans, he said he had already held a discussion with the Chief Minister and decided to waive cooperative loans in the first phase.

    Appointments

    About appointment of chairpersons for the boards and corporations, he said that it would be discussed at the coordination committee meeting to be held in a couple of days and finalise the list and complete the process.

    B. Sriramulu, Minister for Tourism and K.A. Ramalingappa, vice-president zilla panchayat was among other party leaders to receive the Deputy Chief Minister, who was heading towards Bidar.

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