BJP spreading lies, poison while Cong wedded to development, welfare: CM

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Bengaluru, Feb 20: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has accused the opposition BJP of spreading lies and poison while the ruling Congress party is wedded to development and welfare of the people.

Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address to the legislature in the assembly on Tuesday, he said the BJP rule in the State between 2019 and 2023 was 'anti-people' and was disliked by the people.

The chief minister said the milk production under Congress rule was more than during the BJP rule. While government had released Rs 1,178 crore as subsidy to milk farmers from 2019 till assembly polls, the Congress government has already release Rs 971 crore out of the Rs 1,172 crore and the subsidy amount was increased from Rs 3 to Rs 5 per litre.

Describing the Congress rule as ‘’good economics’’ with stress on implementation of the five pre-poll guarantees to help the people, Siddaramaiah pointed out that the government has set apart Rs 52,009 crore allocation for the guarantees during the coming year.

The chief minister recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s argument of sharing 50% of the Central pool of taxes when he was chief minister of Gujarat and said he had forgotten his own demands and Karnataka is now getting barely Rs 12 to 13 for every Rs 100 of the taxes collected from the State.

Siddarmaiah reminded the BJP leaders that the 15th Finance Commission had allocated Rs 11,495 crore to the State which is yet to be released. In the 2023-24 budget, the Centre has committed Rs 5,300 crore to the Upper Bhadra Project and this had been proclaimed even in Basavaraj Bommai’s State budget for the year.

"Where is that money? Bommai should get it from the Centre,’’ he challenged. He lashed out at BJP leaders for changing their tactics now and arguing that the Congress government has not properly submitted demands. They want to fool the people, he said and attacked the BJP for not fighting with the Centre when the rightful share of revenue was denied.

The Modi government and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are touting the ridiculous argument that the Rs 5,495 crore allocated to Karnataka when BJP was in power in the State in the interim report of the 15th Finance Commission is not released because it has not been mentioned in the final report. "Is this the way the government functions?" he asked.

Rs 6,000 crore announced by the Centre for peripheral ring road and tank rejuvenation projects is not released, he said attacking the Modi government for increasing prices of petrol, diesel and LPG while bringing down corporate tax from 30% to 22% indicating the Modi government’s preference for crony capitalists and disdain for the poor and common people.

BJP and Modi government are against the poor, farmers and middle classes and Modi’s slogan of 'Sabka saath, sabka vikaas' is only restricted to election speeches, he said lashing out at the Modi government’s failure to release funds for drought relief.




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  • Mohit, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Congress development in their own backyard. DK is progressing under BJP. Jai Hind.

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  • Paul dsouza, balakunje

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    Other than blind loot bakths, all shall be relaxed once bjp is gone.

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  • Yogi, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    Knowing fully well that every citizen is taxed to a more or less extent , Siddha has made his economics very simple . In a citizen's two pockets, he puts a little cash in one and takes double of that amount from the other !

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    BJP cannot show any Development ...

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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    The feku unconstitutional electoral bonds are scrapped by Supreme Court recently. The feku mayor election of Chandigarh is scrapped by Supreme Court today. Feku BJP will get below 150 seats in coming 2024 central elections. In 2014 India was third largest economy but today it is in fifth position. Poverty rate is increased comparing to 2014. Job rate is declined comparing to 2014. Quality of education is declined comparing to 2014 and etc. Media is purchased for fake news. Freedom fighter and first Prime Minister Nehru is insulted by feku group. Voting BJP means killing constitution.

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