Mangaluru: The Bharatiya Janata Party staged a protest against the state government for their alleged new scheme “Kattale Baghya”, in front of the MESCOM office here, on September 22.
Addressing the protesters, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel said that the state has been set on fire through the Kalasa Banduri project in Uttara Kannada and through the Yettinahole river diversion project in Dakshina Kannada. “Siddaramaiah says that he has brought Anna Bhagya, Khseera Bhagya and various schemes. Now, through “Kattale Bhagya”, he has given an opportunity to Kanna Bhagya scheme and helped the looters in looting the people.”
He further said that when Yeddyurappa was the chief minister, when there was a power crisis. The power minister Shobha Karandlaje along with the CM held talks with the Gujarat government and brought power to Karnataka giving 24×7 power supply. But the state government led by Siddaramaiah has purposely created problems for the people to blame Narendra Modi, he alleged.
He also said that even when Karnataka is facing a major power crisis, no measures have been taken to solve the problem. “The Dasara festival is nearing, children have their exams in the coming days but the government has not taken any measures. Power minister D K Shivkumar should have already taken measures but he has not done anything to solve the problem. He should not blame others for the power crisis. If he cannot solve the problems of the people, let him resign from the post and go home.”
“The Yettinahole project has been implemented in a hurry and the government has played with the sentiments of the people of DK. There are 7 MLAs and ministers in DK. If they have the guts, let them resign from their post and fight against the Yettinahole river diversion project from being continued. We will also support them.”
“BJP leader Ravishanker Mizar said that there was a weather forecast in May stating less rainfall in DK in 2015. According to that, in the month of September there was no rainfall and this has caused a number of problems including scarcity of water for farmers and the power crisis. There is no proper co-ordination between the MLAs and ministers. If in the month of September, there is 4 hours of power cut in DK, what will be the situation in the coming months? Only 7000 MW of power is being produced in Karnataka and this is not enough to solve the problems of the people of Karnataka. If immediate measures are not taken to address the power issues, in the coming days DK will face severe power crisis. When Shobha Karandlaje was in power, she had held discussions with concerned authorities and provided uninterrupted power supply to DK,” he added.
Monappa Bhandary addressing the protesters said that the Congress government came to power by promising 24×7 power supply but now the same government is cheating the people of Karnataka by giving them the “Kattale Bhagya” scheme. “In this regard, the BJP has staged a statewide protest against the state government for three days. The entire state is in dark. There is no power in offices, students cannot do their revision for examinations and farmers do not have power for cultivation. Instead of solving the power crisis in the state, the ministers blame each other. If the power minister cannot solve the problem, then let him resign from the post along with all the other leaders. We will have re-elections. There are a number of problems in the state. The chief minister should not close his eyes for a second in such a situation. But our CM always sleeps. Senior Congress leader Janardhan Poojary should join BJP because he has realized that the Congress is fooling people. He is not fit to be in the Congress; earlier he was talking against the BJP, but now he believes in Dharma.”
“Siddaramaiah is the main cause for all the problems, he should resign from the post. He brought all kind of Bhagya’s in Karnataka and now he has brought the “Kattale Bhagya”, putting all the people of Karnataka in the dark. In the month of September itself if we face power crisis, what will happen in April and May?” he questioned.
Jayaram Bhat, Chandrahas Uchil, Roopa D Bangera, Satishchandra Shetty, Keshav Rai and others were also present.