4-day Cong walk begins in Ullal
Mangalore, Jan 29, 2013, DHNS: 23:54 IST
BJP using caste, religion for political gains, flays Moily
Union Minister for Petroleum Veerappa Moily has said that the BJP is using caste and religion for political gain. The BJP is an opportunist party.
Speaking at a public meeting held as a part of ‘Congressna nadige, samarasyada kadege,’ from Ullal to Malpe here on Tuesday, he said the BJP has been making an attempt to change the tradition.
The Congress has not sacrificed the principles of the party to come to power. Sonia Gandhi could have become Prime Minister in the past. But she had sacrificed the power to organise and build the Congress.
With the special status accorded to Hyderabad-Karnataka region, the Congress is confident of winning 40 seats from the region. The BJP-led state government is steeped in corruption, nepotism and maladministration. There was a need to cleanse the administration in the State, he said.
Moily said though former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa had floated the KJP, it has the ideology of the RSS. Only the Congress can take all irrespective of caste and religion under its fold. The BJP is engaged in destruction and Congress is engaged in construction in the country.
Under Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme, the Centre had released Rs 82 crore to provide electricity to 33,000 houses in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. There was a need to end corrupt BJP-led State government.
Opposition leader in Assembly Siddaramaiah has said that people in the state are living in a fear. Communal harmony has been affected in the state following the BJP rule.
He said there is lack of love and trust among the people. The Congress should come back to power for the safety of six crore citizens of the State. Stating that BJP MLAs have looted the resources of the State, he said that BJP-led State government is insenstive.
Inspite of Justice Santosh Hegde’s report on illegal mining, the State government has failed to initiate measures against the culprits. The loan borrowed by the State government was Rs 58,000 crore in 2004. However, it has been increased to Rs 1,13,000 crore in 2012. Amidst such a huge amount of loan, the BJP government boasts of presenting Rs one lakh crore budget.
Former union minister Janardhan Poojary said that Speaker K G Bopaiah has the credit of damaging the post he holds.
The BJP has the credit for taking black magic to the portals of Vidhan Soudha. Stating that he is not against saffron colour, he said Congress leaders should wear khadi. “Sangh Parivar members do not know the sanctity of saffron colour.
Saffron symbolises sacrifice.”
Former Union minister C M Ibrahim flayed RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat for his provocative speeches and corrupting the minds of youth. He said that he is ready for an open discussion with Bhat and seers on the essence of Hindu dharma.
KPCC President Dr G Parameshwar, MLC Motamma, former minister S R Patil, Veeranna Mathikatti, B L Shankar, Women Congress unit president Manjula Naidu, DCC President B Ramanath Rai, KPCC OBC Cell President M N Venugopal and others were present.
‘Diesel issue will be sorted out’
Union Minister for Petroleum Veerappa Moily said that the dual diesel pricing policy which has been causing inconveneince to the fishermen will be sorted out shortly.
“We will take measures to maintain parity in the price of diesel for bulk consumer outlets and retail outlets,” he said.
The Centre had increased the price of diesel by Rs 10 per litre for bulk consumer outlets, while it had increased the price of diesel per litre for retail consumers by 47 paise. This was affecting the fishermen, he said.
Workers bear the brunt
The padayatra which was supposed to be flagged off at Abbakka Circle in Ullal at 9.30 am, started at 11.55 am. The delay in commencing padayatra caused inconvenience to the workers who had arrived from far off places early in the morning. Having unable to bear the heat, many workers left the venue before the padayatra commenced.
Pickpocket make merry
Even when the Ullal Block Congress President Eshwar Ullal were warning of pickpocket, some miscreants have pickpocketed Rs 20,000 from the pocket of a state-level leader and Rs 10,000 from the purse of a former MLA.