Re-elected MLAs don't want to rest on their laurels

Fresh term for 20 of Bangalore's 28 legislators proves that good work pays

 By re-electing 20 of the City’s 28 sitting MLAs, the voters have sent across a message that they want elected representatives who can address their day-to-day issues.

The eight new faces will also be expected to deliver if they want a second term.
The new MLAs, one from the BJP, five from the Congress and two from the JD(S), said their focus will now be on providing civic amenities.

As BJP continues to harp on the development mantra across the 12 constituencies it still holds in the City, the Congress MLAs are promising to influence policy matters for the development of the City.

From education to drinking water and from sanitary pipelines to roads and flyovers, promises galore are being made by them.

Experienced MLAs like Roshan Baig and Dinesh Gundurao are more keen on influencing policy matters with regard to sale of generic drugs in government hospitals, for example. “We need to ensure that the supply of generic drugs is increased in the City to help the lower middle class and the poor. We must end the supply of poor quality generic drugs,” Baig said.

For N A Haris, ensuring that the quality of education in the umpteen number of government schools in his constituency (Shantinagar) is improved to the standards of private schools is the top priority. “I will also be looking at providing better water supply and drainage system,” he said.

New faces raring to go

Gopalaiah K, JD(S) MLA-elect from Mahalakshmi Layout, said he had already started drafting plans to resolve the drinking water problem in his constituency.

“I don’t believe in making tall promises. I will identify problems of people and try to resolve them in a pragmatic way. I will repay the trust reposed in me by the people, through development and more development,” he said.

Akhanda Srinivas Murthy, JD(S) MLA-elect from Pulakeshinagar, has a long list of problems to which people in his constituency want solutions. “My constituency is deprived of many basic amenities, despite being just four kilometres away from Vidhana Soudha. My immediate concern is to address drinking water problem and resolve khata-related issues,” he said.

Murthy said he wants to see Bangalore come out of the garbage crisis. “There are simple and practical solutions to address garbage woes. I wish to implement them in Pulakeshinagar, so that they can be replicated elsewhere,” he said. Corporator-turned MLA from Rajarajeshwarinagar, Munirathna (Congress), said he did not want to see women in his constituency come out of their homes with empty pots to fill water from public taps any more.

Immediate priority

“Clean drinking water to all is my immediate priority, followed by damage-proof drainage network,” he said.

Jagadish Kumar, BJP MLA-elect from Hebbal, said he would continue the “good” works implemented in the constituency by his mentor and former minister Katta Subramanya Naidu. 

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