Mangaluru Sep 02, 2016 : Speaking at the installation and felicitation programme of the party’s taluk unit in the town, BJP, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and MP Shobha Karandlaje on Sept 1, Thursday said she would try to solve the problems of the district and raise voice in the Parliament in this regard.
MP Shoba Karandlaje said, “Petitions submitted by the farmers, and the students of the agricultural college speak volumes of the problems haunting the district.” She said she does not know whether the elected representatives of the region give attention the local problems. “I will raise voice about the problems of the district in the Parliament. All problems are highly visible - drinking water, lack of rural development, no facilities for farmer etc. “How long will you keep on waiting for development?" she asked.
She charged that the government has committed a number of irregularities in the name of Yettinahole project. The irregularity in purchasing pipelines for the project runs into thosands of crores, she criticised. MP Shoba Karandlaje said the government has not ensured proper distribution of river water. She also criticised that the Congress-led state government has done injustice to the people by halting Bhagyalakshmi scheme meant for girls and incentive for milk production.
The MP said the government which ambitious started the Annabhagya and gave 30 kg rice to poor has now limited it to only 3 kg. But the Union government is purchasing 1,67,000 metric tonnes of rice at 32 per kg and providing it to the state at Rs 3 per kg. Similarly, it is buying wheat 57,000 metric tonnes of wheat at Rs 22 per kg and giving to the state at Rs 2 per kg. All this foodgrain is going to other states illegally due to corrupt officials, she claimed.
She said the Union government has provided Rs 1,520 crore for drought relief compensation. The state government should have added its share to this and provided compensation to the farmers affect ed by drought. But it has not done anything. The state government is not utilising the grants released by the Centre for rural development properly. Only a probe would unearth the truth, she remarked.
Karandlaje said the then UPA government did not help her when she was the energy minister in the state. “It did not even give us coal. We purchased electricity from other states and solved the problem. Now, the Centre itself has officially announced that the states can purchase power by paying the minimum amount. But the government is not ready to buy power. The farmers are suffering due to lack of will of the government,” she criticised.
She called upon the party workers to inform the common people about the government’s indifferent attitude towards women, SC/STs and minorities. Minorities Morcha State President Abdul Azeem said the Congress is propagating among the minorities that BJP is a communal party. But the Yeddyurappa government worked for the welfare of all people, he praised.
Begaluru Central MP P C Mohan predicted that BJP would come to power after the next Legislative Assembly election under the leadership of B S Yeddyurappa. Mohan called upon the party workers to work for the victory of the party.
The BJP leaders handed over the party flag to the taluk BJP President B C Nandeesh on the occasion. MLC Veeraiah, District BJP President Dr Manjunath, Mahila Morcha President Jyothireddy and others were present on the occasion.