'I do not care for petty politics'


“I do not care for petty politics,” he said adding that he would not let anybody pledge the welfare of the State for their personal gains.
He chose to be in Bangalore on Sunday morning even as Assembly Speaker Jagadish Shettar, whom Reddy faction projected as the alternative to Yeddyurappa, was closeted in discussion with the party central leadership in New Delhi.
The chief minister’s speech on two occasions - Kannada Rajyotsava and release of stamp in memory of Rajkumar - were filled with political statements regarding the political turmoil in the State.

He was visibly disturbed when he said, “I don’t care for petty politics. Need of the hour is to attend to cause of people suffering due to the floods.”
Time and again he referred to the floods and sufferings of the flood-victims. The State government had to build three to four lakh houses.
“A few are engaged in struggle for power. They are trying to dislodge the present system of administration. I will not allow anybody pledge welfare of the State for their personal gains,” he said.

Public contribution
The public had voluntarily contributed over Rs 1,500 crore for relief works. The government would lay foundation stone for construction of houses in the flood-hit village in the next three-four days.
He said he would meet the Prime Minister on November 4 to invite him to attend one of the functions in the State.

NREGS fund
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has sought the permission of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to utilise funds under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) for the flood rehabilitation and restoration works in north Karnataka.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Yeddyurappa said that money released by the Centre under the National Calamity Contingency Fund (NCCF) is not sufficient to rehabilitate the affected people.

Ananthamurthy supports Yeddyurappa
Jnanapeetha awardee U R Ananthamurthy has extended his moral support to Chief Minister Yeddyurappa and asked him continue his efforts to curb the Bellary mine owners’ growth in politics. The writer was an unexpected guest at the Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations organised by the Department of Public Instruction. The CM noticed his presence and invited him on the dais. Later, Ananthamurthy told reporters, since the BJP government came to power he avoided any programme attended by Yeddyurappa. But this time he chose the occasion only to express is moral support to the CM.
“Yeddyurappa committed blunder in the past by using Reddys’ money to purchase MLAs. Now, he has realised his mistake. Iron ore is a natural resource of the State. Those who make money by selling the natural resource should be taught a lesson. They have murdered democracy,” he said.
However, Yeddyurappa, on Saturday, had made it clear that he had nothing against the Reddys.

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