From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru
Bengaluru, Aug 1: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who launched the "Cheer 4 India: Be like an Olympian Cycling Ride" programme from the portals of Vidhana Soudha on Sunday, said his government’s programme will be youth centric and pro-people.
The Cycle Ride campaign is undertaken by BJP Yuva Morcha under the leadership of its National President and Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya all over the country in which 56,000 youth are participating to cheer Indian Olympics squad.
The Chief Minister said cycling was best suited for human beings because of the human structure and pointed out that cycling was helpful for achieving physical fitness and was very economical to ensure mobility from one place to another.
Bommai said he was happy to start a formal programme in the city from Vidhana Soudha after becoming the Chief Minister in which youth are the focus. He urged the youth to be physically fit and disciplined as discipline builds up the character and it is good for society.
Responding to the request made by former Chief Minster and Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda for creating a cycling track in Shivaram Layout, the Chief Minister said he will take steps to create cycling tracks in all directions depending on the availability of lands.
Bommai warmly appreciated the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and described him as "best Prime Minister India of India," for his various initiatives including coining the slogan Khelo India for the Sports Ministry and the campaign for Swacch Bharat.
Sadananda Gowda, Tejasvi Surya and Bengaluru Central MP P C Mohan also participated in the programme.
The Chief Minister later held a review meeting with senior officials over the flood situation in different parts of the State, especially in the coastal region and in the Krishna river catchment areas of Belagavi and surrounding places. He said that the government has already directed the officials to take up relief and rehabilitation measures and help the affected people.
Later, he called on former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda and sought his blessings. Former minister and BJP leader V Somanna and Deve Gowda’s son H D Revanna were present.
Bommai said the JD(S) leader assured him of full cooperation on all issues concerning the State, especially on the inter-state river water sharing and border issues. He said promised to consult Deve Gowda as and when necessary on irrigation issues and tap on the latter’s vast experience.
Former Deputy Chief Minister and Higher Education Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan called on the Chief Minister at his official residence in the morning.