KARNATAKA

Yediyurappa seeks white paper on development works in the State

Special Correspondent

MYSORE: Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly B.S. Yediyurappa on Monday demanded a white paper from the Government on allocations made to priority sectors.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Yediyurappa said though the budget was presented almost eight months ago, no works have been implemented and the coalition partners are silent on a number of development issues.

The public has a right to know the progress on projects announced in the budget, and hence the Government should table a white paper on these, he said.

Accusing the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) of forging an unholy alliance with the intention of usurping power, Mr. Yediyurappa said that the coalition partners are now speaking in different notes about the "impending elections" and sowing the seeds of confusion among the public.

Their contradictory statements and stance have exposed the fragility of the coalition, Mr. Yediyurappa said.

Relief work

Mr. Yediurappa said the incompetence of the coalition Government is apparent in the manner in which it handled relief work in rain-affected areas of the State.

He said though the State received nearly Rs. 525 crores from the Centre, it has spent only Rs. 225 crores so far.

Remarking that the coalition Government is among the "most corrupt", Mr. Yediyurappa said that even the Lokayukta has said that no action is being initiated against officials facing corruption charges.

Mr. Yediyurappa flayed the Government for "dithering" on the Belgaum issue and said the Government should supersede the local body for passing a resolution seeking the merger of border areas with Maharashtra.

Good response

BJP State unit president Jagdish Shettar said there has been good public response to the "Sangharsha Yatra" throughout the State.

He said: "We toured the State in view of the ensuing zilla and taluk panchayat elections." Ruling out any adjustment with other political parties, Mr. Shettar expressed confidence that the BJP would win a "good number" of seats in the ensuing elections.

BJP National Secretary Anantha Kumar said that the results of the Bihar elections will change the political climate in the country.

The trends are favourable to the National Democratic Alliance and the Congress is losing ground. BJP leaders also held a meeting with partyworkers from four districts in view of the zilla panchayat elections.