Do not indulge in hate politics: DVS

'Allot ` 100 cr in the budget for the formation of 43 taluks in State'

BJP National Vice President and former chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda has urged the State government to drop the proposal to revoke the previous BJP government’s budgetary proposal to form 43 new taluks in the State. Formation of taluks are essential for the integrated development of the State.

Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, he said that the state government should not indulge in hate politics. All the committees that were formed for the reconstitution of taluks had highlighted the need for the formation of the taluks. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should allot atleast Rs 100 crore for providing basic necessary infrastructure for the taluks in the budget which he will present in the first week of July. When the CM has already rolled out sops worth Rs 4,409 crore, allotting atleast Rs 100 crore for new taluks will not be a problem.

“Several ministers in the Siddaramaiah’s cabinet had fought inside and outside the Assembly for the creation of new taluks in the State. Now, the government’s decision to review the decision on formation of the taluks is wrong. We had already made enough arrangements for the creation of taluks by appointing special tahsildar and others.”

Affordable liquor flayed

Flaying the State government for taking a few decisions against the interest of the state, he said the CM’s plan to provide “cheap but safe liquor” will affect the poor labourers.

Several organisations have expressed their unhappiness over the decision and are ready to stage protest across the State.

Gowda also flayed the government’s decision to reverse the Karnataka Prevention of cow slaughter and Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2012 passed in the state legislature during the BJP rule. “The decision has hurt the majority of the communities in the state.

Siddaramaiah had said his government will go back to the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Prevention Act, 1964 and withdraw the bill amended last year. The Congress had opposed the bill and even petitioned the governor against giving his consent. By amending the 1964 Act, the BJP had enlarged the definition of cattle, made punishment harsher and increased the age of animal to be slaughtered,” he said.

The decision of the government to bring Ashta mutts and Gokarna temple under Muzrai department is totally against the verdict of the Supreme Court that had curbed State’s bid to control temples, former CM said.  Stating that water crisis is looming entire state with the deplete in water level in the reservoirs and rivers, he urged the State government to release atleast Rs 1,000 crore to different urban local bodies, to tackle water crisis.

To a query on BJP leaders who had joined the KJP and are planning to return to the mother party, he said that each case will be verified by the district and the State BJP unit before taking a final decision.

‘Jail bharo’

DK district BJP unit president Padmanabha Kottari said that the party will organise ‘jail bharo’ agitation in protest against the “anti-people policies of the Centre” on May 27.

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