Centre asked to release Rs. 500 cr.

Staff Corespondenmt

‘Karunanidhi must be restrained ’

Kollur (Udupi district): Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said on Saturday that the Union Government should release Rs. 500 crore immediately for flood relief in the districts of North Karnataka. Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Yediyurappa said the State had initially sought Rs. 1,500 crore and had subsequently increased it to Rs. 4,000 crore. But no money had been received till now. “The Centre is discriminating because there is a non-Congress Government in the State”, he charged and added that thousands of houses and standing crops on thousands of acres of land had been destroyed in the State.

He and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had conducted a survey of the flood affected districts. Another survey would be conducted by a team from the Union Government besides an assessment of the damage by Union Home Minister Shivaraj Patil, Mr. Yediyuurappa said.

Stating that he and Mr. Kumarasmway had spoken to Prime Minister in this regard, he said the State Government would provide houses to those who had lost their dwellings owing to rain.

Mr. Yediyurappa said Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi had made “irreverent comments” about Rama. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had sympathised with Mr. Karunanidhi instead of restraining him. Mr. Singh was treating Mr. Karunanidhi with kid-gloves because the DMK was one of the allies of the United Progressive Alliance. He should tell Mr. Karunanidhi to stop hurting the sentiments of the people, Mr. Yediyurappa said.

On the power transfer issue, Mr. Yediyurappa said he was confident that Mr. Kumaraswamy would keep his word and transferred power on October 3. “I trust Mr. Kumaraswamy,” he said. ” he said.

Stating that the Bharatiya Janata Party would get majority in the elections to urban local bodies in the State, Mr. Yediyurappa said the Congress would be relegated to third position.

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