KARNATAKA

Congress best bet: Manmohan

Special Correspondent

‘We have a vision to eliminate hunger and poverty and create jobs for all’

Bangalore: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday appealed to the people to bring the Congress back to power as it was the only party which had a vision to eliminate hunger and poverty and create jobs for all. It was best placed to develop Karnataka and cities like Bangalore as key destinations of development and prosperity.

Karnataka, he said, needed a government which had a vision and was dynamic. It needed a party which could give a stable government and provide good governance. The people needed a government that promoted development, created opportunities and generated a sense of hope for all of them.

Addressing a meeting organised by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), Dr. Singh said the party would ensure that other cities in the State were developed like Bangalore. All regions would see uniform growth and be safe for people of all faiths, and there would be corruption-free administration.

Welcoming the gathering, KPCC president M. Mallikarjun Kharge appealed to the people to favour Congress and be partners in development.

Dr. Singh praised the people of the State and Bangalore for its world-class IT and electronics industry and the achievements during the Congress government under Mr. Krishna and Mr. Dharam Singh.

The reputation of the State had taken a beating because of the hunger for power by the Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal (S), he charged.

But, the BJP and JD (S) entered into an opportunistic alliance, just to gain power. There has been no stability or good governance. They were sacrificed at the altar of selfishness, greed and a lust for power.

The Partners in government made allegations against each other, victimising the people. The government became a hostage to the selfish parties.

Other cities in the country that were looking to replicate Bangalore’s success went ahead of it on many fronts. Work on the international airport in Bangalore that started much before Hyderabad was yet to start operations.

There was no proper connectivity to it and the welfare of the people had been ignored.

The former Chief Ministers S.M. Krishna and M. Veerappa Moily; Union Minister of State party in charge for Karnataka, Prithviraj Chavan; the former Union Ministers C.K. Jaffer Sharief and M.V. Rajasekharan; Union Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways K.H. Muniyappa; the former Minister H.K. Patil; and B.K. Hariprasad, AICC General Secretary. The former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh proposed a vote of thanks.

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