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Work on circuit Bench: JD (U) sets ultimatum

Special Correspondent

Accuses Dharam Singh of misleading people on the issue

GULBARGA: The district unit of the Janata Dal (United) on Saturday issued an ultimatum to the State Government to lay the foundation stone for the building of the circuit Bench of the Karnataka High Court here before November 1 failing which it warned that the members of the party will commit self-immolation.

Working President of the party Raju Kulageri told presspersons here that the Government has failed to keep up its promise of laying the foundation stone for the building of the circuit Bench either on September 10 or 11 as announced earlier owing to internal contradictions and confusion over the location of the new building.

Dr. Kulageri noted that Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, who had announced that the foundation stone for the circuit Bench will be laid either on September 10 or 11, has misled the people on the issue as he "made the announcement without the approval of the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court about his participation in the foundation stone laying ceremony."

He said the issue has been mishandled by the Government as it hurriedly announced that the circuit Bench will be located on the main campus of Gulbarga University, and later dropped the proposal after students and teachers protested.

Now, the Government appears to have decided to set up the circuit Bench on the Gulbarga-Afzalpur State highway on land under the possession of the Karnataka Housing Board, he added.

Dr. Kulageri said that according to information available with him, the Chief Justice reportedly told the State Government to take into account the opposition being voiced by the Bellary and Koppal Bar associations against them being brought under the Gulbarga Circuit Bench, before accepting the invitation for laying the foundation stone for the building of the circuit Bench.

It is surprising that the Chief Minister announced the dates for the foundation stone laying ceremony even before the Chief Justice gave his consent to participate in the function, he added.

Fuel price hike

On the protests by Opposition parties against the increase in the prices of petrol and diesel, Dr. Kulageri said the Opposition parties are only politicising the issue and attempting to settle personal scores.

The increase in the prices of petrol and diesel has become inevitable after the prices of crude oil went up in the international market. He said the BJP, which is opposing the increase in the prices of petroleum products, did the same thing when it was in power.

Instead of unreasonable protests, he said the Opposition should come out with ideas and plans to arrest the increase in the prices of petroleum products.

Dr. Kulageri said office-bearers and workers of the district unit of the Janata Dal (U) will not use motor vehicles on every Saturday to save petrol and diesel.

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