JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy said that if the party won the Assembly elections, the arid districts in the State would get permanent irrigation facilities within 45 days.
He spoke at a convention of party activists at Vakkaleri on Thursday.
“The old age pension will be increased to Rs 1,500, pay for physically challenged will be hiked to Rs 2,500,” Kumaraswamy promised.
He added that Kolar is connected to State capital Bangalore via railroad already and laying a new rail route will mean a loss of land for the farmers in the area. He also demanded a stoppage of attempts to deprive farmers of their land for implementation of the project.
The former chief minister, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of Union Minister Veerappa Moily and District In-charge Minister Varthur Prakash.
“Although Moily, a native of Dakshina Kannada district, won the Parliament seat from Chikkaballapur constituency, he has shown apathy towards the residents of the district,” said Kumaraswamy.
The voters in Kolar district should teach Varthur a proper lesson, Kumaraswamy said.
“The JD(S) is at least not working with political gain as an end, unlike the District In-charge Minister. We had given him aid of all sorts at some point or other, but Varthur has forgotten all our help. In contrast, he has accused me of taking Rs three crore from mining company owners when I was the chief minister,” he said with ire.
He also alleged that Varthur was paid Rs 35 crore by the BJP for his support.
Former minister K Srinivas Gowda, legislator Jameer Ahmed and C M Muniyappa, who spoke on the occasion, also took a dig at Varthur Prakash.
“The BJP leaders, who have opposed the Union Government decision to open a Tipu University near Srirangpatna in Mandya district, have no idea of patriotism,” alleged Kumaraswamy.
Legislator G K Venkatashiva Reddy, Zilla Panchayat president Chowdeshwari, JD(S) leaders S B Munivenkatappa, Mangamma Muniswamy, Byalahalli M Govinda Gowda, Vakkaleri Venkateshappa, Alangur Shivanna, Kodihalli Manjunath, retired IPS officer Narayana Gowda were present.
Kumaraswamy also attended party conventions at Narasapura, Kyalanur and Gandlahalli as well as a meeting at Gandhivana in the City in the evening.
ZP president hits back at Minister
“The District In-charge Minister R Varthur Prakash became a legislator thanks to us. It is ironic that now he has taken to criticising us rather expressing a sense of gratitude,” said Chowdeshwari, Zilla Panchayat president. “We are all farmers, who survive growing a variety of crops. The legislator has looked down upon the profession. For this, he will face a rejoinder in the coming Assembly polls,” she warned.