Dharam Singh seeks assessment by Central Minister

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Bangalore, Sep 20 (UNI) Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly N Dharam Singh today urged Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil to send a central minister immediately to visit the rain-affected districts of North Karnataka.

Speaking to newspersons here, he said standing crops were damaged and hundreds of houses collapsed due to heavy downpour.

Besides, roads and bridges had also been damaged. The situation called for immediate action and the Centre should release adequate grants for the purpose, he urged.

Mr Singh said the rains had affected Gadag, Bagalkot, Raichur, Koppal, Dharwad, Bellary and Gulbarga districts.

Taking exception to Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's charge that the Centre was not acting on the State's request to provide relief measures, he said he had no time to think about the miseries of the affected people as he was 'dreaming' about becoming the next Chief Minister on October 3.

The Centre had released Rs 800 crore to the State, but the State had only spent Rs 293 crore so far. It was unfortunate that the State Government had not furnished any details with regard to damage in these districts in the last three days, he regretted.

UNI

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