'Efforts on to bring NIA branch to coastal region'

'Efforts on to bring NIA branch to coastal region'

If BJPcomes to power, it will make an effort to set up a branch of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the coastal region, said BJP state president Yeddyurappa.

He, meanwhile, urged the state government to send a proposal to the Central government to sanction the NIA branch.

Addressing media persons in Mangaluru on Sunday, he said that the coastal region is sensitive. "ISIS has been spreading its activities in the state. Places like Mangaluru, Bengaluru, Bhatkal and Kasargod have become recruitment centres for ISIS. Therefore, there is an urgent need to open a NIAbranch in the region to fight terrorist acts," said Yeddyurappa.

He further said that the murders of Hindu activists in the coastal region resemble those in Kerala. "Organisations such as ISIS, KFD, PFI and SDPI have been involving in anti-social activities, he said, adding that the state government has not taken any action against them. In spite of urging the state government, the demand has not been placed before the Central government towards establishing NIAbranch in coastal region," Yeddyurappa said.

The former chief minister said that the Central government has reduced the import duty on areca. The state government should announce support price to areca, to protect the interests of the growers, he said.

'Corrupt government'

Yeddyurappa said that the scams by the Congress-led state government will be exposed by the BJP soon, with proper evidence. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is involved in scams such as denotification, BBMPfund misappropriation, wrist watch issue and so on.

He added that Rs 4,600 crore was spent through the BBMPfor road development. "But, the funds have literally gone to the drains. The pothole-ridden roads are evident to this fact. The amount could have been used to concretise the entire Bengaluru roads, he said. Also, there has been a huge misuse of the BBMP funds in the purchase of sweeping machines," said Yeddyurappa.

"In Chamarajanagar district, children belonging to backward classes were given poor quality of school uniforms. The state government is engaged in misappropriation of funds. No funds have been provided to stitch the uniforms. The Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi, built at a cost of Rs 460 crore, is lying empty except during the sessions. Rs seven crore is spent for cleaning of the Soudha, before the session. The chief minister has no concern for public money," he said.

"In the district, Congress leaders are involved in sand and drugs mafia. Drug mafia is controlling the government right now. The poor and the eligible are not getting sand for construction activities," he alleged.

Stating that the law and order situation has deteriorated in the state, he said that kidnapping, murder and atrocity cases have increased. "Due to the acts of nepotism by the chief minister and Home Department advisor Kempaiah, the Police Department has lost confidence. The hands of honest officers are tied. Even though more than 30 cases have been registered against the chief minister, no investigation has been carried out so far. The institution of Lokayukta was weakened and the ACB has turned into a 'clean chit serving organisation'," said Yeddyurappa.

If the government is transparent, it should hand over these cases to CBI or appoint an investigation committee headed by a High Court judge, challenged Yeddyurappa.

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