GP polls in April or May: CM


Talking to reporters at Mangalore Airport on Friday, he said it is the Election Commission that should fix the schedule for the elections, and once the date is announced, the government is ready to carry out the process.

Milk price

Yeddyurappa said a decision on hiking milk prices would be taken in a day or two. “A meeting on increasing milk prices would be conducted in Bangalore on Saturday, and a proper decision would be taken within a day or two. The price of milk is already high in many other states, and hence it is inevitable for us to increase the prices,” he said.

Moreover, the CM said, the government is intending to respond to the farmers’ demand through increasing the milk price.

Major investors

The Chief Minister, who just arrived from Mumbai after attending a road show for the Global Investors’ Meet, said over 300 major investors have shown their interest to invest in Karnataka in different sectors such as tourism, railways and infrastructure.

“Investors like L&T, Tata, Birla Group, Godrej, Hinduja, Essar and others have responded enthusiastically. They are interested to invest here because of the favourable atmosphere in the State,” he said.

“We had not expected such an overwhelming response from them. We are motivated now. The government feels that the Global Investors’ Meet to be held in July will give a new turn to the development of Karnataka,” he added.

Yeddyurappa said a similar road show would be conducted in Chennai too. “It is important that foreign investors should be invited. But it is equally important that indigenous investors too should be given priority,” he stressed.

Belgaum issue

Answering a query, he said an MLA representing Maharashtra Navnirman Samiti (MNS) had met him in Mumbai regarding the Mayoral elections in Belgaum. “I have told him that they can approach the court anytime if they feel so,” the CM said.

Responding to another question on the unfulfilled demands of the fishermen, Yeddyurappa said the government is fulfiling all the assurances it made to the fishermen community.

MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Mayor Rajani Dugganna, MLAs Yogish Bhat, Padmanabha Kottari, Coastal Development Authority Chairman B Nagaraj Shetty, IGP (Western Range) Gopal B Hosur among others were present on the occasion.

Later, the CM proceeded to Moodabidre to take part in the ‘Savirada Sambhrama’. He also attended the marriage function of the daughter of former minister Gangadhar Gowda in Belthangady.

He stayed in Dharmasthala, and will be proceeding to Dharwad on Saturday morning through a special helicopter.

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