BJP general secretary Ravi Kumar seeks White Paper on State’s financial status

Reacting over the functioning of the Congress-Janata Dal(S) coalition government in the State, BJP State general secretary N. Ravi Kumar has said that the State government was functioning from star hotels.

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, who calls himself as the son of the soil, has ignored the plight of the farmers who are distressed by recurrent droughts and spiralling debts. The Congress-Janata Dal(S) coalition government seems to living in luxury hotels, he criticised.

Addressing presspersons in Kalaburagi on Sunday, Mr. Kumar said that the Chief Minister and most of his Cabinet colleagues from the Congress and the Janata Dal(S) rarely turned up in their offices at the Vidhana Soudha in the last eight months. He also demanded that the State government come out with a White Paper on the State’s financial status and its “functioning from luxuries hotels”.

Though the coalition government has promised to waive crop loans up to ₹ 48,000 crore that includes loans from co-operative banks, subsidy and crop loans granted by State-run banks, the Chief Minister has announced allocation of only ₹ 12,650 crore for the flagship crop loan waiver scheme. As this would be the final allocation. the Chief Minister has just made hollow promises to farmers and is not bothered about the State’s crumbling financial status, he added.

Replying to a question, Mr. Kumar claimed that Mr. Kumaraswamy, who is a film producer and expert in making such fake audio tapes, is using technology as a political weapon to tarnish the image of BJP State president B.S. Yeddurappa by releasing a fake audio tape. Mr. Kumaraswamy has no moral right to question the credibility of Mr. Yeddyurappa, he added.

Mr. Kumar opposed the State government’s decision to bifurcate Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) and set up a new technological university in Hassan and said that the Chief Minister might have promised his relatives that he would make them vice-chancellors of such a new university in Hassan.

Events

The Bharatiya Janata Party has planned a series of events ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Mr. Kumar said that on February 12, the party workers would hoist the BJP flag in party offices and their residences across the nation. On February 26, the party supporters would draw rangolis outside their residences and party offices and light a lamp. On March 2, the party will launch a nation-wide motorcycle rally to highlight the achievements of the BJP-led government at the Centre.

MLAs Subhash Guttedar and Basavaraj Muttimod were present.

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