Former Mayor Sandesh Swamy has sought amendments to the election code of conduct, saying it had stopped him and other corporators and MLAs from carrying out any activities including the upgrading of basic facilities.
Speaking to mediapersons on Friday, Swami, to drive home a point, said that a motor pump was dysfunctional since six months and he could not get it repaired due to the election code of conduct in practice.
“We have been witnessing elections one after other in the last six months. We are troubling common people in the name of election code of conduct. This is impractical and needs amendments,” Swamy said, adding, “Upgradation and providing of basic amenities should not come under election code of conduct.”
He also pointed at the asphalting works due in Jyothinagar is put on hold due to the same reason and said that people were facing immense problem in the area.
NALWADI KRISHNARAJA WADIYAR JAYANTI
Expressing his disappointment over disregarding Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar Jayanti
by not celebrating it tomorrow, owing to the election code of conduct in force, Mayor B L Bhyrappa said that he will walk from his house to KR Circle and garland the statue of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar.
The walk, he said, would be in protest against the election code of conduct which doesn’t allow celebrations or hayanti. “Just because election code of conduct is in force, we cannot ignore visionaries like Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar whose contribution to the city is unforgettable. Bhyrappa said he would start his walk by 7 am tomorrow and garland the statue at KR Circle at 8 am.
ON GRUHA BHAGYA AND BSUP SCHEME IRREGULARITIES
Mayor Bhyrappa rubbished a report telecast in a Kannada news channel, accusing a few MCC corporators of misusing funds sanctioned for the economically weaker sections under Gruha Bhagya and BSUP scheme to construct houses.
He said that there were no irregularities in the distribution of assistance amount except in one case in which a lady by name Sannamma had got money sanctioned from two various schemes for the construction of houses. “MCC will issue a notice to her and future course of action would be taken,” Bhyrappa said.
Under the schemes, 1,806 people have been selected as beneficiaries out of which 1,503 people were provided with the amount. The remaining 303 people failed to meet the criteria and their lands were in dispute, Bhyrappa added.
An assistance amount of Rs 1.80 lakh under BSUP scheme and Rs 75,000 under Gruha Bhagya have been sanctioned to the beneficiaries possessing BPL cards and having own land.
Former Mayors R Lingappa, H N Srikantaiah, Purushottam and Standing Committee members Putlingaiah, Balu, Shankar and leader of opposition J S Jagadish were present.