Tuesday, February 20, 2024

BJP warns of protests if Cong govt does not fulfil promises

The opposition BJP in Karnataka on Wednesday accused the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in the state of “Vachana Brashta” (perjury) over its decision to pay money to beneficiaries of the ‘Anna Bhagya’ scheme instead of the additional 5 kg of rice it promised to the poor as part of a poll guarantee of 10 kg free rice.
State BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel warned that his party will stage protests both inside and outside the Assembly if the government doesn’t walk the talk as promised to the people ahead of polls.
Facing difficulty in procuring large quantities of rice required to fulfil its poll guarantee, the state government today decided to pay beneficiaries cash at the rate of Rs 34 per kilo, for the additional 5kg of rice under the ‘Anna Bhagya’ scheme.
“The Siddaramaiah-led government is a ‘Vachana Brashta’ government. They (Congress) had promised to provide 10 kg of free rice ahead of elections. Today they are in trouble, unable to provide rice, and they have now decided in the Cabinet to pay money for 5 kg of rice, instead of providing 10 kgs rice,” Kateel said.
Speaking to reporters here, he said, the promise made ahead of polls was to supply 10 kgs of rice in addition to 5 kgs provided by the Centre, so it should have been a total of 15 kgs.
“But the Congress government in the state is trying to manage by projecting that 10 kgs is being given, by including 5 kgs supplied by the Centre with that of its own 5kg (the supply of which is yet to begin),” he added.
Further noting that the state government has now decided to give money instead of rice, the state BJP chief said, “when we suggested earlier to give money until arrangement is made for rice, Siddaramaiah had questioned us asking whether money can be eaten, and said that his government will supply rice. So, Siddaramaiah should now give rice, not money.”
“During election rallies you had said Congress government will give 10 kgs of rice, you had never said it would be in addition to 5 kg supplied by the centre. Now playing fraud politics by giving money instead of rice is not right”, he said.
If Congress doesn’t walk the talk as promised to people ahead of polls, BJP will stage protests both inside and outside the Assembly, he added.
Claiming that the Congress had made “false allegations” of 40 percent commission against the previous BJP government, Kateel alleged, “This is 60 per cent commission government”.
“Transfer business has started, commission on contracts have started, works on ongoing projects have been stopped and commissions are being demanded in it. We will wait and see for some time and start our agitation against it,” he added.


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