BJP teaches its corporators do's, don'ts

Beleaguered by allegations of scams and scandals, the BJP organised a ‘Parichaya Varga’, an event to familiarise the party corporators with the do’s and don’ts, at a resort on the outskirts of the City on Friday. 

It is said the allegations of scams against the corporators and the recent porngate in the Assembly that led to resignation of three ministers, prompted the BJP state president K S Eshwarappa, Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda and some City MLAs insist on the two-day training for the corporators. 

A large number of police and the party workers have been deployed to ensure hassle-free sessions at the resort on Hosur Road. Mayor Sharadamma, Deputy Mayor S Harish, 110 corporators, 22 City BJP office-bearers, 28 Assembly constituency presidents, three MPs and 19 City MLAs including the Anekal MLA Narayana Swamy were among 195 participants at the event.

The party workers barred entry for the media inside the venue, saying it was purely a private event for the BJP workers from the City to introspect party’s performance, its prospects and the need for a makeover. The chief minister, who inaugurated the opening session, told the reporters later that the party wants prompt responses to the public grievances and fewer complaints from people. “We want the corporators to study people’s problems and address them promptly,” said Gowda.

The sources told Deccan Herald that the chief minister in his address reminded the party workers to be answerable to the public. He was quoted as saying: “First you are answerable to the public, then the ward, and finally, the party.”

Citing examples of his experiences in his political career, Gowda told the gathering that he had in the past lost elections by a margin of mere 500 votes and won the elections with a similar number of votes.

“The thin victory margin only shows how responsive people have become to the civic issues,” said Gowda.

Rs 100 crore for water 

After a meeting with the City MLAs earlier in the day, Gowda told the reporters that the Government would provide Rs 100 crore to the Palike’s newly added areas facing severe water crisis. 

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