“Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come up with a blueprint to make Karnataka a slum-free state if it is voted back to power after the state assembly elections in 2018,” said state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa.
He was addressing leaders and party workers at the ‘BJP Slum Morcha’ meeting held in the city on Sunday.
“India became independent for almost 70 years now. Congress ruled the country for most of this period. Though Congress had power, they failed miserably to eradicate poverty. Congress has always exploited the slum-dwellers for its political gain, but it never intended to improve the quality of their lives,” he said.
“BJP government has constructed 45,000 houses for the people of slums. But Congress built only 62,000 houses in more than 30 years. BJP worked on a serious note to make Karnataka slum-free and has achieved far more success in five years,” he added.
Yeddyurappa urged the party workers to extend their concentration towards slum-dwellers. The party workers should carry the pro-poor initiations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the poor. He emphasised on construction of individual toilets in slums. The community toilets were never well maintained and were a source of pollution and stink,” he said.
When his attention was drawn to Cauvery dispute, Yeddyurappa said, Siddaramaiah took a U-turn in the Cauvery dispute and betrayed the farmers of Karnataka. In the all-party meeting, he announced that the state would not release even a single drop of water. But in court he said that the state is in a position to release water to Tamil Nadu.”
“The reservoirs in Karnataka will be dried up completely. Mysuru and Bengaluru will face a severe scarcity of water,” he said. He extended his support to the farmers of Mandya district and asked the state government to release Rs 25,000 for the loss of every acre of crop.