Karnataka - Shimoga
BJP neglecting SC, ST welfare: JD(S)
Strengthening party: President of the State SC, ST Cell of the Janata
Dal (Secular) K. Annadani addressing party workers in Shimoga on
SHIMOGA: State president of the Janata Dal (Secular) SC/ST Cell K.
Annadani said here on Wednesday that the State Government, under the
leadership of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, had neglected the SC,ST
community people by not announcing any programme for the betterment of
the Dalits and people of the other oppressed classes.
Addressing presspersons after the Janata Dal(Secular) party workers'
meeting, he urged the Chief Minister to come out with programmes in
the State budget to protect the interests of Dalits and other SC/ST
He said that all previous governments had implemented their own
programmes for the welfare of the SC,ST communities. But the BJP
Government for the past one and a half years had not implemented any
programmes for the welfare of Dalits, he added.
He said that the State Government had overlooked the novel programme
of Ganga Kalyan scheme implemented by the former Prime Minister H.D.
Deve Gowda under his Chief Ministership.
He alleged that Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues had wasted
one and a half years in safeguarding their positions and power without
devoting attention to the welfare of people.
He suggested to the Chief Minister to utilise the remaining term of
the BJP Government in implementing meaningful programmes and
facilities to bring the SC,ST communities into the mainstream of
Mr. Annadani said that the party was organising meetings throughout
the State to strengthen the party.
He said that he had asked the District president M. Srikant to appoint
a president for the District SC/ST Unit of Janata Dal (Secular).
On the BMIC row, he said that instead of concentrating on the
Bangalore-Mysore road work, the State Government was acquiring
additional land for some other purposes. He alleged that the
Government was deviating from the basic plan of the Bangalore Mysore
Infrastructure Corridor project.
District Janata Dal (Secular) president M. Srikant, the former
district president M.B. Shivanna, party leader Shamsunder and others
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