Karnataka government has failed to fulfil promises: Rahul Gandhi

Staff Correspondent

Asks people to vote for a government that takes all in the path of progress

“For NREGS, only Rs. 100 crore of

Rs. 1000-crore

Central funds used”

“Under the loan waiver scheme,

Rs. 3,750 crore

released to State”

HUBLI: All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday appealed to people to vote for a government that took people of all communities and sections towards the path of progress.

Addressing an election meting at Karnataka Gymkhana Ground here, Mr. Gandhi, who was two hours behind schedule, briefed the gathering about the achievements of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government failed to do, in a speech that lasted about 10 minutes.

Mr. Gandhi said: “The UPA government has given only one assurance to the people during last elections that it will be a government of the poor and backward classes and the farmers and has proved it during its rule.”

He said the UPA government had implemented NREGS to provide employment to the poor for 100 days in a year. “Our government is serving food to 15 crore school-going children everyday and waived off farmers’ loans to the tune of Rs. 76,000 crores,” he said.

Referring to the BJP government in the State, he said while the Union government had released Rs. 1,000 crore to Karnataka under NREGS, the State had utilised only Rs. 100 crore. Under the loan waiver scheme Rs. 3,750 crore was released to the State, he said.

Mr. Gandhi said the BJP government in Karnataka had failed to fulfil its promises. “It had said it will give unemployment allowance of Rs.1,500 to youth, rice for Rs. 2 a kg and round-the-clock power supply. Now it is not able to provide power to at least two hours daily in most of the villages”, he said.

Track record

Addressing a large gathering at Nanjangud, near Mysore, Mr. Gandhi appealed to the people to re-elect the UPA on the basis of its five year track record which, he said, had resulted in positive growth whose benefits percolated to the poor, the low income group and the middle class. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, KPPC president R.V. Deshpande, former Deputy Chief Minsiter Siddaramaiah and the Congress candidate from Chamarajanagar Parliamentary Dhruvanarayan were present.

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