Release white paper on Budget proposals: Yedi

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Udupi, Jan 23: Former Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today demanded that the Governor Rameshwar Thakur release a white paper on the implementation of major budget proposals announced by him during JD(S)-BJP coalition government.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Yeddyurappa, who is here on a two-day visit to address booth-level 'Janajagrithi Samavesh' in three taluks of Udupi district, said as only 80 days were left for the total implementation of the 2007-08 budget proposals, the Governor should bring out a white paper on the progress of the implementation and steps taken by the government in this regard.

The Governor should take up the implementation of all major budget proposals made by the previous government on a war-footing before March 31, 2008 on priority basis, he said.

He alleged that leaders of the Congress party were mounting pressure on the Governor to ensure the stalling of the proposals so as to blame the BJP for non-implementation of the schemes, that included pension scheme under 'Sandhya Suraksha' which would have benefitted seven lakh old-aged people.

As Finance Minister in the coalition government, he had set apart Rs 148 crore for creation of four tourism circuits, a massive Rs 4,200 crore for the development of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes and Rs 110 crore for the development of minorities.

But there was not even 25 per cent progress made during the last nine months, Mr Yeddyurappa said.

Lambasting the Congress leaders for levelling baseless charges against the BJP, he challenged them to come on a single platform for detailed discussions on the achievements made by the BJP during the 20-month coalition rule and the progress made in the last 50 years of Congress rule.

'Let the people compare and decide,' he said.

Accusing former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Devegowda and his son former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of cheating the BJP and the people by breaking the promise, Mr Yeddyurappa said if they had the slightest dignity, they should leave the state as the people of Karnataka can no more tolerate such political betrayals.

UNI

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