Karnataka ex-chief minister and JD(S) state-level president, H D Kumaraswamy, accused elected representatives of neglecting the development of Chikkaballapur district.
Speaking at a JD(S) convention and condolence meeting for legislator Munishamappa on Monday, Kumaraswamy said that the development of the district had been disregarded because of a lack of interest and a laid-back attitude by legislators.
“Chikkaballapur district was formed during my tenure and it is disappointing that the town saw no development after that,” he said.
The district also suffers from water shortage, which according to Kumaraswamy, has not been properly tackled by the BJP government. In particular, he blamed Union Minister Veerappa Moily, of not implementing any ventures, especially the Ettinahole Water Project, despite assurances that he would.
Kumaraswamy claimed that if the JD(S) was elected into power, they would also solve the crisis by implementing the Netravathi irrigation project, following discussions with Dharmasthala Veerendra Hegde.
Local silk growers in the district have also suffered because import duties had been slashed for Chinese silk, he observed.
Kumaraswamy said that the silk growers have been treated unfairly and critized the Central Government for not providing farmers with financial assistance despite the sharp rise in fertilizer prices.
A few Congress Party Members joined JD(S) during the convention.
Former member of Zilla Panchayat, Srinivasachar; CMC member Sameevulla, Amravathy Bairareddy, Hanumanthapura Vijaya Kumara, former president of Abludu Gram Panchayat Kanakaprasada, Teneyur Munishamappa; Minority representative Rehmathulla; former vice president of State Silk Federation G Rehman Yousuf; former CMC member S Seenappa, Shettyhalli Sriramappa, S V Murthy, Vanitha, Salim Pasha, Narasimha Gowda, Baira Reddy, Gousapeera, Shankarappa, Narasimha Reddy, Kotihalli Anand Kumar, Muneer Pasha, Ekbala Ahmedm Hemarlahalli Muniappa, M D Moulam Sonnenahalli Chandrappa, Mushtaq and R M S Imitiaz.
DH News Service