KARNATAKA

Bangarappa promises free power supply to farmers

Staff Correspondent

`Samajwadi Party is committed to providing grace marks to students from rural areas' `Samajwadi Party is committed to providing grace marks to students from rural areas'

MYSORE: Samajwadi Party's election campaign began here on Wednesday with former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa promising to provide free power to irrigation pumpsets if his party was voted to power in the State.

Addressing a public meeting at Town Hall here, Mr. Bangarappa sought to remind the people that he had provided free electricity to farmers who owned irrigation pumpsets up to 10 HP during his tenure as the Chief Minister.

But the successive governments deprived them of free electricity and fixed meters not only to irrigation pumpsets but also to Bhagyajyothi electricity connections. "If Samajwadi Party is voted to power in the State, I promise to resume the supply of free electricity to farmers," Mr. Bangarappa said.

Apart from providing free electricity, Mr. Bangarappa said the party was committed to providing grace marks to students from rural areas.

Mr Bangarappa said that his party was making a serious attempt to win the seat. "I will camp in the constituency during the next few days and visit nearly 20 villages every day," the former Chief Minister said. "Irrigation pumpsets will tell farmers whom to vote for in the byelection," he said.

The party's election campaign would receive a shot in the arm with the arrival of party's leaders, including Amar Singh, Jaya Bachchan and Jaya Prada, he said.

Though Mr. Bangarappa said that his party was not opposed to former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the Congress, which he represented, should be kept away from power.

He lashed out at former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda for supporting his son H.D. Kumaraswamy's Government after pretending to be against the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the initial days. Mr. Bangarappa lashed out at the Janata Dal (S)-BJP coalition as well as its predecessor Congress-Janata Dal (S) Government for their "failure" to take up development works.

Meanwhile, Congress leaders from the Vokkaliga community gathered here on Wednesday and resolved to urge Union Minister of State for Information and Publicity Ambareesh and former Minister H.C. Srikantaiah to lead the party's campaign for the byelection to the Assembly from the Chamundeshwari constituency.

They also resolved to support former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who is seeking re-election.

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