Mangalore, April 20: Addressing reporters at the Congress election party office on April 19, Friday Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas M.Veerappa Moily said that only congress can form stable, corruption free, clean and transparent Administration.
Criticizing BJP’s tenure, he claimed that Karnataka was shamed repeatedly during BJP’s five year rule.”Even I was ashamed to say that I am a former Chief Minister of Karnataka; he said and added that the many corruption charges against BJP ministers and MLAs at regular intervals had left him speechless.
He also accused BJP for creating unnecessary problem of power scarcity in the state, which was not there during my tenure, he said.BJP is only expert in witch- crafting the people and not in any other developmental works, he added.
In every year’s budget, government was claiming that there was a addition of ten thousand mega Vats in the power but in reality they have not even succeeded in producing one mega vat and instead every year government was buying power from neighboring states to the tune of Rs.1.18 crore on loan basis and was paying an interest of Rs.seven crore, he alleged.
He described ‘Operation Kamala’as the worst-ever practice introduced by the BJP.During this period MLAs increased their prices in crores as is usually seen with commodities. Moily said that BJP has lost its prominence in the state and is now split in to three parties’ i.e.BJP, KJP and Sree Ramulu Party.
He slammed state government for not evincing any interest in natural gas-based plants in Bangalore as initiated by union government. With work on the laying of the gas pipeline under way, the union government has plans to set up three gas-based plants in the state, he added.
He further said implementing Lokayukta Chief Justice Santosh Hegde’s report on the mining scam, which BJP has ignored, will be one among the key points of the congress.
Answering the question posed by reporters about the foreign tour of former union minister S.M.Krishna during election period, Moily said S.M.Krishna is a senior leader and there is no need to drag his foreign into a controversy.
In an answer to question of media persons with regard to Perne, LPG gas tanker tragedy, he said we have already visited the accident site and trying to extend possible help on humanitarian ground to victims.
Moily also welcomed the new leaders, who have joined Congress from other parties by handing over them party’s flag.
J.R.Lobo-Candidate from Mangalore South,P.K.Thomas-udipi constituency election Observer,Shashidhar Hegde-former Mayor,K.Ashraf-former Mayor,Naveen D’Souza-member,MCC,P V Mohan, Ibrahim Kodijal,Ashok D.K,Nagendra,Saschindra Hedge,Sudeep Subhodh,Mithun Raj and among others were present in the meet.