Team Mangalorean, Bangalore
Bangalore: February 10, 2009: Chief Minster B.S. Yeddyurappa paid rich tributes to former Chief Minister Kengal Hanumanthaiah at the Vidhana Soudha on his birth centenary celebrations on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said thee has been delay in the execution several railway projects in the state on account lack of support from the Centre. Even as the State agreed to equally share the cost of projects, the Centre had not a little interest in clearing them, he alleged.
He urged Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav to allot more funds to the State railway projects in the Railway budget for 2009-10.
Mr. Yeddyurappa recalled the contributions of Kengal Hanumanthaiah to the State in various fields. Hanumanthaiah became a member of the Union Government as a cabinet minister with portfolio of railways. He was the chief minister of the erstwhile Mysore State (1952-56). Having philanthropic characteristics and immense administrative qualities, his tenure as a Chief Minister marked efficient state-of-affairs, aimed at uplifting the rural population of the state and faster economic development, he said.
Hanumanthaiah's major contribution was the construction of the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore.
His other key achievement was the unification of Karnataka. He played a pivotal role in the unity of the Kannada speaking areas within the boundaries of a single state, he said.
Relatives of Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Bangalore South MP H.N. Ananth Kumar, Minster for Excise and Information and Biotechnology Katta Subramanya Naidu, Minister for Transport R. Ashok and others paid floral tributes to the late Chief minister.