KARNATAKA

JD(S), Congress decide to pitch in

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Janata Dal (Secular) on Saturday decided to take up flood-relief operations. Its workers will be asked to assist the administration in rescuing and rehabilitating the affected people. It has also appealed to the people to contribute generously to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Addressing a press conference here, the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said the extent of damage caused by the recent rain and floods in several parts of north Karnataka was too much for the State Government to tackle on its own.

“This is not the time for anybody to criticise others. All of us should work together in the interests of the affected people,” he said.

The JD(S) will constitute taluk-level teams headed by local MLAs and MLCs and comprising party activists who will work with the local administrations in the flood-affected areas to evacuate stranded people and provide food and clothing.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said he would cancel all programmes and camp in the flood-hit areas for the next 10 to 15days. “I have received calls from Gadag and other flood-hit regions appealing for help,” he said.

“Party supporters and activists can send their contributions to the party’s account as we are keen to provide each affected family a minimum of 25 kg of rice, besides a set of clothes and blankets so that they can celebrate Deepavali,” he said.

Mr. Kumaraswamy appealed to people to contribute their mite to the relief effort.

Congress teams

Five teams headed by senior leaders have been constituted by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee to tour the flood-hit districts from Sunday and reassure people of all help from the State Government.

The teams will led by KPCC president R.V. Deshpande, working president D.K. Shivakumar, chairman of the Task Force Committee on Flood Havoc H.K. Patil and Leaders of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly and Council Siddaramaiah and V.S. Ugrappa respectively.