Assembly Election should be held in Feb 2008: Yeddyurappa

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Mulbagal, Karnataka, Dec 24 (UNI) Comparing Governor's rule in Karnataka to an extended Congress rule Former chief minister and BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa today demanded holding of mid-term elections in the state in February itself.

Addressing a public meeting, as part of BJP's Janajagruti Yatra programme here, he said that the Governor's rule should end immediately as no funds were being released for the taking up welfare schemes that he had introduced in his budget when he was the Deputy Chief Minister and held finance portfolio.

He said administration had also had come to a standstill as officials had slipped to a deep slumber. He cited Sandhya Suraksha scheme for aged above 65 years for which he had allotted Rs 250 crore in the state budget and a government order had been issued.

However Governor Rameshwar Thakur was delaying in releasing the funds, which would benefited more than seven lakh aged and helpless persons. He threatened to launch a statewide dharna if the Governor failed to release the funds for the scheme within a week, he warned.

Mr Yeddyurappa accused the Congress and Janata Dal(S) of ousting him from Chief Minister's post within a week, fearing that BJP, under his leadership, would bring development of the state that could prove a set back for both the two parties. "I have a dream of making Karnataka a model state in the lines BJP ruled Gujarat if BJP comes back to power again," he said.

Former ministers R Ashok, Ramachandra Gowda and B Sriramulu, in their speech, projected Mr Yeddyurappa as the next Chief Minister of the state.

UNI

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