Bypolls results not pointer to 2018 Assembly elections: Siddaramaiah

'My performance will translate into votes for Cong candidates'

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah played safe by stating that the results of the byelection in Nanjangud and Gundlupet Assembly constituencies would not be a pointer for the 2018 Assembly elections.

Speaking to media persons here on Friday, before leaving for the campaigning for the byelections, the chief minister said, he has worked sincerely for the upliftment of the people of the state in the past four years and he was seeking the wages for his efforts in the form of votes from the people for the Congress candidates. “This bypoll is just to test the pulse of the people. As per the Budget announcements, BPL family members will get 5 kg of rice per month, from the earlier 4 kg, Anganwadi children will get egg twice a week and schoolchildren will get milk on five days in a week, effective from Saturday,” he said.

He campaigned for Congress candidate Kalale N Keshavamurthy in Nanjangud taluk throughout the day. He started the canvassing after holding a meeting with party workers at the party office at Nanjangud town.

While he received good response in Goluru, Badanavalu and other villages, there was a lukewarm response in villages like Veeradevanapura. When he announced that a Uppara Development Corporation would be established for the development of Uppara community people, a section of the people demanded constitution of a Bhagiratha Development Corporation. Siddaramaiah responded in the positive.

He met seer of Gurumalleshwara Mutt at Devanuru and proceeded to Chikka Kavalande, Dodda Kavalande, Nerale, Hedathale, Hemmaragala, Badagaiahnahundi, Mallahalli, Sinduvalli, Uppinahalli, Horalavadige among other villages.

At Dodda Kavalande, Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board C M Ibrahim spoke for 90 minutes. Criticising the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, people need ‘Jan Ki Baat’. “I was the first person to announce that Siddaramaiah would become CM during the 2013 Assembly elections. But, did I become a minister in his Cabinet? Performance of the government should be our priority. Who is there or who is not there in the Cabinet is not important. The move of V Srinivas Prasad is not justified,” he said.

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