AICC welcomes President's rule in Karnataka

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New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) The Congress today welcomed the imposition of President's rule in Karnataka, and said the decision was in the highest tradition of democracy to ensure that horse trading and other unconstitutional activities did not vitiate the democratic polity in the state.

Speaking to mediapersons, AICC Spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan, however, said the party had not taken any decision on any option in Karnataka, where the state assembly was being kept under suspended animation.

Asked if the Congress would make any effort to form a government in Karnataka in the context of the state legislature being kept under suspended animation, she said, "At this point of time, we are only welcoming the imposition of President's rule." Replying to a question on the Indo-US nuclear deal, she said, ''We hope that the deal will go through...We are hoping to convince the partners of the ruling coalition." Ms Natarajan appreciated the government for announcing the highest ever hike in the minimum support price of wheat for the coming rabi season, and a substantial hike in the support price of barley, mustard, sunflower and other commodities.

She said the relief package for the sugar industry would bring much needed relief to farmers, particularly because the moratorium on outstanding loans had been extended from two to five years.

In this context, Ms Natarajan said the Congress had always given very high priority to issues relating to the welfare and concerns of farmers and to the agriculture sector. "It has been our continuing focus to encourage the development of this sector, and ensure that the farmers of this country are given as much support as possible.

It is in keeping with this commitment to the welfare of farmers that this step has been taken by the UPA government." She said it was because of the commitment of the Congress and the UPA government that growth in the agriculture sector had improved from negative during the NDA government to nearly 3.9 per cent growth today.


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