Santhemaralli (CHAMARAJANAGAR District.): Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that implementing the Kabini second stage project to irrigate fields in Chamarajanagar will be the top priority of his Government. Addressing an election meeting at Santhemaralli on Monday while campaigning for BJP candidate A.R. Krishnamurthy, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the party was seeking votes based on the achievements of the BJP Government in the State.
He said the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) should stop seeking votes by making allegations against the BJP.He said that no political leader who had shown concern for the poor stayed in the Congress. He said India was held in high esteem when A.B. Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. He said that Mr. Vajapayee did not hesitate to conduct the nuclear test at Pokhran amid threats from the U.S. Mr. Yeddyurappa listed the various pro-development works initiated by his Government.
He said more than 20,000 poor people were benefiting from various schemes. He said that his Government took steps to waive farmers’ loans up to Rs. 25,000 and provide them loans at an interest of 3 per cent from cooperative banks.To the allegation that he allocated funds for the development of various maths in the State, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that Rs. 5 crore had been allocated for the construction of Haj Bhavan for the Muslim community, in Bangalore. He said Rs.5
crore had been allocated for the development of M.M. Hills, B.R. Hills and Himavad Gopalaswamy Hills in the district. He said Rs.10 crore had been allocated to establish a cold storage unit and marketing facilities at the APMC yard in Chamarajanagar. Mr. Yeddyurappa said that it was the duty of the Union Government to supply the requisite quantity of fertilizers to the State. He alleged that no State Congress leader had commented on the Union Government’s “step-motherly” attitude of not supplying adequate quantity of fertilizers to the State. He criticised Janata Dal (S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda and the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy for “misleading” people. Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Government was committed to developing Chamarajanagar. He said the Cabinet members would come to Chamarajanagar to discuss the development of the district.