Sonia promises to help arecanut growers, sericulturists

State should have reduced VAT on diesel to help people: Cong chief

Sonia promises to help arecanut growers, sericulturists

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has said that the Centre has released Rs 80,000 crore to the State in the last four and half years. Unfortunately, the State has been leveling allegations against the Centre for showing step-motherly attitude.

Speaking at the convention organised by the Congress , here at Nehru Maidan on Thursday, she promised to take up issues concerning arecanut growers, problems of sericulturists and drought situation with the centre.

People of Karnataka are ready for a change in administration and are fed up with the BJP’s rule and its false promises.

The BJP has betrayed the mandate of the people. Congress workers have a huge responsibility to win the trust of the people and convert the public anger into vote for the Congress.

She said that the crisis in the global economy has worsened which is affecting the price of essential commodities.

 “With the increase in the price of crude oil in the international market, the prices of diesel and gas have been increased. The state government should have reduced the VAT on diesel, and thereby reducing the burden on the people,” she said.

KPCC President Dr G Parameshwar has requested Sonia Gandhi to intervene and help the State by implementing Gorakh Singh Committee report on rehabilitation for arecanut plantations hit by yellow leaf disease, in tackling drought situation and also in solving row over Cauvery water. The dispute over Cauvery water should be resolved, he said.

Opposition leader in State Assembly Siddaramaiah said that the BJP government is engaged in internal fights and has failed to tackle drought situation.

The State government has not spent single paisa for taking up development work in drought-prone taluks.

Suresh Nayak , who has been suffering with Down's syndrome since birth and has won Asia book of records and India book of Records for having the world's longest tongue, met Sonia Gandhi, on the occasion.

Nayak has also won Limca Book of Records for having unique memory power. He can identify as many as 518 phone numbers without any help.

Shivana Gowda from Bijapur, who has achieved excellence in yoga, too showcased his skills to Sonia Gandhi.

Union Minister for Power and Corporate Affairs Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Labour Mallikarjuna Kharge, Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa, former chief minister Dharam Singh and others were present.

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