BJP blamed for Smart City miss

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday squarely blamed the BJP for Bengaluru not qualifying for the Centre’s Smart City Mission.

Addressing the Congress candidates for the BBMP polls, he said the then BJP government in the State failed to utilise Rs 2,500 crore released under JnNURM. The BBMP could not collect taxes properly and garbage collection and disposal were not efficiently done. The BJP was in power both at the State and the BBMP at that time, he added.

The BJP failed to include Bengaluru in the Smart City Mission despite Union Ministers, Ananthkumar and D V Sadananda Gowda, representing the City. The State government had also written to these ministers to prevail upon the Centre to include the City under the Mission. But no action was taken. Now, the BJP is trying to put the blame on the Congress government in the State, he said.

Cleanest capital
He, however, claimed that the credit for Bengaluru emerging as a cleanest capital city in the country in a recent survey. “Bengaluru had earned the reputation as silicon city when S M Krishna was the chief minister. During the BJP rule, the City was known as the garbage city. Now, because of the efforts of my government, Bengaluru has been adjudged as the cleanest capital,” he added.

Siddaramaiah called upon the party candidates to educate the electorate about the misrule of the BJP in the BBMP. He advised them not to promise anything that they cannot fulfill. “Narendra Modi (Prime Minister) is in trouble today because he has not been able to fulfill the promises he had made.

“Achche Din” promised has not come true so far,” he stated sarcastically.
The saffron party has been misleading people that the Congress wants to divide Bengaluru founded by late Kempe Gowda. The government is only trying to restructure the Bengaluru municipal area in order to provide better governance, he added.

The then JD(S)-BJP coalition government expanded the city limits from 226 sq km to 800 sq km with an intention to promote real estate business. The then government did not even provide basic amenities to the newly-added areas, he charged.
DH News Service

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