KARNATAKA

‘Political polarisation will take place in State’

Special guest: President of the State unit of the Samajwadi Party S. Bangarappa talking to a patient at the McGann Hospital in Shimoga after inaugurating the fifth dialysis unit on Saturday.  

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Will convince Congress, JD(S) to field common candidates for bypolls, says Bangarappa



‘BJP Government has failed on all fronts’

The former Chief Minister opposes implementation

of Dandavati Irrigation Project in Sorab



SHIMOGA: Shimoga MP and president of the State unit of the Samajwadi Party S. Bangarappa said here on Saturday that he would continue his efforts to convince the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) to field common candidates for byelections in eight Assembly constituencies although the two parties have decided to go it alone.

Speaking to presspersons at the McGann Hospital, where he inaugurated the fifth dialysis unit set up at a cost of Rs. 6 lakh sanctioned from the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund, Mr. Bangarappa said that political polarisation was expected to take place in Karnataka after results of the Assembly byelections were announced.

The BJP Government had failed on all fronts and there was rampant corruption in administration, he said.

When asked about rumours that B.Y. Raghavendra, elder son of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, was being tipped as the BJP candidate for Shimoga in the coming Lok Sabha election, he said there seemed to be no unanimity among BJP workers on the issue. He pointed to objection raised by BJP leaders in the district to the reported statement by the Legal Adviser to the Chief Minister, K. Diwakar, that Mr. Raghavendra should be the party’s candidate for Shimoga in the Lok Sabha election.

Irregularities

Mr. Bangarappa alleged that there were irregularities in collecting rice through the levy system. He said that an agreement was entered into for collecting 2.5 lakh tonnes of rice through the levy system which was subsequently reduced to 1.5 lakh tonnes. He wondered how the Government would adjust the shortfall of one lakh tonnes of rice.

Mr. Yeddyurappa lacked experience in administration, he said. The fact that there had been an all-round failure in implementation of budgeted programmes strengthened this impression, Mr. Bangarappa said.

When asked about the controversial Dandavati Irrigation Project which is being taken up in his native taluk of Sorab, he said, “…I would not allow it to be implemented under any circumstances”. Mr. Bangarappa pointed out that the project was not at all feasible, and said that he would lead a Singur-type protest movement if the Government chose to go ahead with the project.