GULBARGA, October 12: Former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said that the financial situation of the state was in a bad state and the resource mobilisation was on the downslide, affecting the development works.
Talking to presspersons in Gulbarga city on Sunday, Mr Shettar claimed that as per the official information available with him there was a shortfall of more than 12 per cent in the revenue mobilisation by all the key departments and this would have a direct impact on the development works and the state would find it difficult to achieve plan targets.
Mr Shettar said that there were high expectations from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah after he took over as the Chief Minister, “But Mr Siddaramaiah who had a wide experience handling major portfolios in the state, has failed (to meet) the aspirations of the people”. Except for the slogans about the launch of the new programmes no new programmes were being actually implemented and the present government was continuing only the old programmes introduced by the previous BJP government.
Mr Shettar said the law and order situation was worsening day by day and the state government was doing nothing to protect the lives and properties of the general public and the recent killing of a businessmen in Jewargi in Gulbarga district was an example of how the anti-social elements were taking law into their own hands.
On the demand for further amendment to Article 371 (J) to remove the ambiguities in the present act, Mr Shettar said that when the previous BJP government opposed the passing of the amendment to article 371 in the present form “
He said that the BJP would fully support the state government if its sends proposal for the amendment of article 371 (J) of the constitution to remove the ambiguities and would bring pressure on the Union government to introduce the amendment bill at the earliest in the parliament.
Mr Shettar reiterated the demand for the CBI inquiry into the alleged tapping of the telephones belonging to Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and his relatives by the state government. “The state government and the Chief Minister has feigned ignorance about the telephone tapping incident…..if they have not indulged in telephone tapping why are they (state government) afraid of handing over the investigation to CBI to bring out the truth”.
On the changing of the name of Belgaum as Belgavi, Mr Shettar said that this was a old proposal and the proposal submitted for changing the name of Belgaum and other cities to the union government, the proposal was rejected by the previous UPA government and if the state government submits the same proposal for change over of the name of Belgaum to the union government, it is a welcome measure and we would fully support it.”
Mr Shettar who was in Maharashtra campaigning for the party candidates in Marathwada and other regions said that the prospects of the party forming next government in Maharashtra on its own was bright and the breaking away from Shiv Sena would not have any impact on the prospects of BJP in Maharashtra. (EOM)