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BJP to oppose shifting of bus-stand in Shimoga

SHIMOGA Nov. 13 . The BJP has decided to protest if the proposed move to shift the private bus-stand to the Millaghatta tank is not given up.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, the former MLA, K.S. Eshwarappa, charged that the Minister for Health and Information, Kagodu Thimmappa, who is the district in-charge minister, and the Congress MLA, H.M. Chandrasekharappa, had made the shifting of the bus-stand to the Millaghatta tank as a prestige issue.

The BJP would not hesitate to resort to an agitation if the bus-stand was not shifted to the Police Parade Ground as it suited the convenience of the public.

Mr. Eshwarappa criticised the Shimoga MP, S. Bangarappa, and Mr. Chandrasekharappa for hardly doing anything for the development of their constituencies.

He pointed out that the work on the Ambedkar Bhavan in Mahatma Gandhi Park had come to a standstill after lakhs of rupees was spent on it. He demanded that the work on it be resumed immediately.

Mr. Eshwarappa alleged that Mr. Chandrasekharappa, who is the Chairman of the local Ashraya Committee, had done nothing in the allotment of sites. He charged that satisfactory progress had not been achieved in the distribution of ration cards to the slum-dwellers although the Karnataka State Slum Clearance Board was allocating Rs. 25 lakh every year for the development of the slums. Referring to the "confusion" over the delimitation of the Lok Sabha and the Assembly constituencies, he suggested that two separate committees entrusted with this job should elicit the opinion of the political parties, various institutions, and the public before finalising their proposals.

The President of the BJP district unit, Ayanur Manjunath, said the party leaders, including the MLC, B.S. Yediyurappa, and the Tirthahalli MLA, Araga Jnanendra, would undertake a five-day tour in the district from Thursday to understand the problems pertaining to the "bagair hukum" cultivation which had attracted nationwide attention following the Supreme Court's order to clear the encroachments from the forest land.

The State Government should prefer a revision petition in the Supreme Court as there were several lacunae in the implementation of the order. He said the public institutions such as Kuvempu University had been located on the forest land. The Forest Department was responsible for the confusion in the matter as it did not furnish all the details to the court, he said.

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