JD(S)-BJP rule was 'Dark Age' in Karnataka: Moily

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Bangalore, May 8 (UNI) Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister M Veerappa Moily today alleged that the 20 month rule by JD(S)-BJP coalition was 'Dark Age' in Karnataka.

Addressing a press conference here, he said that "it was not a nightmare but 'Dark Age' since various welfare projects taken up by Congress government were neither implemented nor new developmental activities were taken up. Total admnistration had collapsed since the leaders of both the parties were power hungry and fighting for portfolio." Citing example, Mr Moily said that the Union Government had identified Bangalore under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) programme and allocated Rs 23,500 crore for various developmental schemes for seven years beginning December 2005, but the BJP-JD(S) coalition government could not submit the 'the City Development Plan' as it did not hold elections to the Bangalore City Corporation council though the term has expired 18 months ago.

The Metro Rail project should have been completed by 2010. The Centre had provided all necessary clearances and resources required, but not even 10 per cent of the work has been completed for want of land acquisition and lack of political will by the previous coalition government.

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