'Karnataka lost its reputation due to greed, lust for power'

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Bangalore, May 8 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today called for stable government in poll bound Karnataka, and said that the state has lost its reputation due to "greed" and "lust" for power.

Dr Singh, while addressing a meeting organised by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) slammed the previous coalition government in the state for not providing adequate infrastructure, consequently affecting the people of Karnataka.

"There has been low stability and good governance which were sacrificed at altar of selfishness, greed and lust for power. Partners in government made allegations and counter allegations against each other," he said.

"The sufferers have been the people of Karnataka. The state and city lost their reputation across the country," Dr Singh added.

He stated that the state is in need of a stable government that would ensure, "a new beginning" for the IT capital, Banglore.

Karnataka is slated to hold three-phased polls for the 224-member state assembly on May 10, 16 and 22.

The elections will be held for 89 constituencies in the first phase, 66 constituencies will go to polls in the second phase on May 16, while the remaining 69 constituencies will go to polls in the third phase on May 22.

Votes will be counted on May 25 and results are expected by afternoon.

The state has been in political wilderness since November last year when the BJP-led coalition was ousted from the assembly in less than a fortnight of being sworn in.

ANI

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