'Nalin's achievement is nil'

'Nalin's achievement is nil'

District-in-charge minister offers to resign if Nalin proves that he spoke even once in Parliament during his term 

District-in-Charge Minister Ramanath Rai has said that he will retire from politics, if MP Nalin Kumar Kateel proves that he had spoken in the Lok Sabha during the last five years.

It is easy to raise questions as one has to write and submit but raising voice in the Lok Sabha is not easy. 

Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, he said that utilising MPLAD fund is not a difficult task as the fund is released through Deputy Commissioner. All the MLAs and MPs utilise funds earmarked for them.

However, owing to technical reasons in payment of bills, many a time full utilisation of funds is not possible within five years. Rai added that Nalin Kumar Kateel’s achievement other than utilising MPLAD is nil. 

To a query on increase in moral policing in DK, Rai said that stern action will be initiated against all those who are involved in moral policing. “We will not interfere in the police department and we have given free hand to police to deal with moral policing incidents.” 

To another query on why the Congress government failed to arrest RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat for his hate speeches, Rai said: “Wait till his sins overflow.”Meanwhile, SCDCC Bank President M N Rajendra Kumar has been appointed as the election campaign in-charge for Congress by the party in undivided Dakshina Kannada district.

Addressing media persons, Kumar said that he is confident of the victory of Poojary and Jayaprakash Hegde. 

“Though it is a direct fight between the BJP and Congress, people of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts are aware of the ‘achievement’ of the previous BJP government in the last five years in the State. Though the BJP government had announced waiver of farm loans of up to Rs 25,000, it had not released the amount to the district co-operative banks.

The Congress-led state government in the last 10 months has released Rs 172 crore that were due to the SCDCC Bank in the form of waiver of farm loans. Though B S Yeddyurappa in his manifesto during 2009 Assembly polls had promised to revive Brahmavar sugar factory, he forgot his promise after coming to power.” 

“However, the Congress-led State government had released Rs 12 crore to pay the pending arrears to the farmers, labourers and co-operative societies. The BJP government had planned to sell the sugar factory and had even collected Rs two crore as an advance from a firm.” 

“A political party can not win the election with a ‘wave,’” he said referring to ‘Modi wave’ in the district.