‘Ready to retire from politics if any community complains of neglect’

Staff Correspondent

Promises will be made after checking State’s financial status: Chief Minister

JD(S) demand for ‘White Paper’ on financial status dismissed

‘The best has been done to curb illegal mining’

Holalkere (Chitradurga): Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that he will retire from politics, if any community complains that it has been sidelined with regard to the allocation of budgetary funds.

He was speaking at a function organised here in connection with the death anniversary of Sri Mallikarjun Murugharajendra Mahaswamy of Murugha Math on Saturday.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that as Chief Minister, he had been rendering services to the people to ensure that there was equality among people of all communities.

“I am not the Chief Minister for a specific caste or community, but the Chief Minister for over six crore citizens of Karnataka”, the Chief MInister said said.

Mr. Yeddyrappa said that during his tenure as Finance Minister in the former coalition government, and as Chief Minister, he had announced budgets that catered to the needs of all sections of people.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Opposition should behave responsibly, and added that he was ready to face any criticism aimed at improving the functioning of the Government.

The country would be able to attain peace and move towards development only when issues such as terrorism, religious conversions and corruption were dealt with an iron hand. It was not just the responsibility of the government and the police. People should come forward to fight “anti-development” issues, he said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that he would raise the issue at the National Integration Council meeting to be held in New Delhi on October 13. With regard to the Upper Bhadra Irrigation Project, the Chief Minister said that despite financial crises, over Rs. 3,000 crore had been earmarked for it.

Political will

If the former previous governments had political will, they could have completed the project more than two decades ago with the expenditure of Rs. 600 crore to Rs. 700 crore, the Chief MInister said.

Referring to the 75th Kannada Sahitya Sammelan to be held in Chitradurga, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Government had allocated Rs. 1 crore for the event. “The Government will conduct the sammelan on a grand scale” he said.

“From now on, I have decided not to make any promises without checking the financial status of the State,” Mr. Yeddyurappa has said.

Later, speaking to presspersons, he dismissed the demand made by the Janata Dal (Secular) for a “White Paper” on the financial status of the State. “At this moment, there is no need to come out with a White Paper”, the Chief Minister said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Government had done its best to curb illegal mining licence, and by ordering the Lokayukta to investigate the cases related to the issue.

“It is the responsibility of the Union Government as well to frame a comprehensive mining policy in order to prevent the misuse of the natural resources of the country”, the Chief Minister added.

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