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Farmers will get their due: Yeddyurappa

Staff Correspondent

Arabhavi (Belgaum district): Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has claimed that the results of the taluk and zilla panchayat elections will lay the foundation for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to govern the State for another 25 years.

Mr. Yeddyurappa, who was in Arabhavi on Thursday to launch the second phase of the BJP's campaign for the elections to the taluk and zilla panchayats in north Karnataka, expressed confidence that the party would win the majority of taluk and zilla panchayats seats.

Mr. Yeddyurappa promised to evolve a formula to ensure a remunerative price for agricultural produce so that farmers got their due. He said that his Government's priority was to supply electricity round the clock to irrigation pump-sets and export it to other electricity-starved States.

The Chief Minister warned officials against laxity in implementation of welfare programmes, development schemes and projects. He claimed that he had released sufficient funds for implementation of various schemes and projects but it had not reached the people.

“There is no dearth of funds.

The Government is spending nearly Rs. 25 crore each on developing Assembly constituencies,” he said. He promised to develop Arabhavi constituency as well.

Later, Agriculture Minister and district in-charge Umesh Katti addressed the gathering. Minister for Cooperation Laxman S. Savadi; Ramesh Katti, MP; Suresh Angadi, MP; Prabhakar B. Kore, MP; Jagdish Metgud, MLA; Abhay Patil, MLA; Sanjay Patil, MLA; Mahantesh Kavatgimath, MLC and probable BJP candidates were present.Earlier, speaking to presspersons in Belgaum after inspecting the progress of work at the Suvarna Soudha, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that Belgaum was the only district with good growth potential after Bangalore in the State. He said that his Government had accorded top priority to improving infrastructure in the district. The State Government would put pressure on the Centre to amend relevant laws to impose a complete ban on exports of mineral resources from the country, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

He said that he had already conveyed the matter to the Centre and that he would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh again in this regard. “I will fully cooperate with the Centre if it wants to order an inquiry into denotification of land. But I request the Opposition to speak on the basis of concrete evidence, fact and figures,” he said. To a question, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that he would not react to any remarks made by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj or Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde. “I have respect for them.”

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